More computers are using USB-C than ever before as the standard continues its rollout across the industry. And we're starting to see more accessories join in to accommodate the new port, including LaCie's newest external hard drives: the Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C and d2 Thunderbolt 3.
First up is the Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C: its rugged, orange rubber exterior looks similar to earlier models, including an integrated Thunderbolt 2 cable that wraps around the case. But instead of the USB 3.0 Micro B port that external hard drives have traditionally used for years, the Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C (as the name implies) offers a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port instead. The new Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C offers the same environmental protection as its predecessor and will come in both a 500GB or 1TB SSD version as well as a 2TB, 4TB, or 5TB HDD model. The Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C will start at $249.99, but specific pricing for the various capacities hasn't yet been announced.
Meanwhile, on the desktop front is the upgraded LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 3. It, too, resembles its earlier Thunderbolt 2-based predecessor, but swaps the USB 3.0 Micro B port for a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. Additionally, the two additional Thunderbolt 2 ports that the older d2 offer have also been upgraded for USB-C ports. This allows the d2 to daisy-chain other hard drives, connect external displays, and even charge a connected computer, essentially allowing it to function as a full-fledged laptop dock as well as an external hard drive. The d2 Thunderbolt 3 will be available in 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB capacities, starting at $429.99 for the 6TB model.
Both of LaCie's new USB-C drives will be available later on in Q1 2017.