Creative professionals love Apple’s slim, powerful MacBook Pro laptop. The only catch is that it now offers only Thunderbolt 3 ports (four of them) — a change that means most of their current peripherals aren’t compatible with the newest MacBook Pro. In order to connect phones, cameras, external drives and other devices, users have to keep track of a bunch of dongles.
LaCie, Seagate’s premium storage brand, today announced a professional storage solution that combines 5-in-1 docking station capabilities and delivers 20TB of enterprise NAS-class storage capacity.
Ports to ingest footage from drones, phones and DSLR cameras
The LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 features SD and CompactFlash card slots for ingesting footage captured by drones or DSLR cameras and a USB 3.0 hub for charging and accessing a phone, connecting another drive or a digital camera to offload footage.
Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports can also be used to charge a laptop or for daisy-chaining additional storage solutions. A USB 3.1 port offers universal compatibility with the USB-C interface and even USB 3.0 computers with an included adapter cable. There’s even a DisplayPort connector at the back that can be used to connect to high-resolution displays.
1 hour of footage in 1 minute
The 2big Dock delivers speeds of up to 450MB/second — fast enough to transfer 1 hour of video footage in a minute. Inside are two 10TB Seagate IronWolf Pro hard drives, with room for up to 200,000 uncompressed image files or up to 650 hours of 4K video.
“These hard drives are engineered to work 24X7 on very intensive tasks,” says Clement Barberis, LaCie product marketing manager. “Creative pros value their reliability, because they allow them to work longer, with no lag or downtime in their workflows.”
The 2big Dock includes a five-year limited warranty and an industrial design that complements the rest of LaCie’s “big” line of professional storage products.
In other words, think of the 2big Dock as much more than huge, very fast storage.
“Computers used to be the central part of a desktop setup,” says Barberis, “with everything connected to it — a keyboard, mouse, display screen and external storage. But with the shift to more powerful and thinner laptops, particularly in the Apple environment, a device like the 2big Dock becomes a very practical tool for creative pros. You can use it to charge a phone or a laptop. It has multiple slots and ports for transferring data, and it delivers plenty of capacity for backing up or archiving large files. You only need to connect one cable to your laptop.”
The 2big Dock, which will be available worldwide in June, is ideal for professional photographers and video pros, graphic designers, as well as vloggers and YouTubers, Barberis says.
The new LaCie 2big Dock will be available in 12TB, 16TB or 20TB capacities through LaCie Resellers starting summer 1017.