Following its successful collaboration with silversmithing company Christofle to produce a pebble-shaped USB key, LaCie is introducing a new Christofle-designed hard drive, the 1TB LaCie Sphere. Among several new products announced at CES 2014, LaCie‘s new handcrafted hard drive looks like silver-plated ball. France-based manufacturer of fine silverware, Christofle, added a touch of class to create a spherical external hard disk called, appropriately, the Sphere. Plated in silver and polished to a shine, the Sphere shines as a mirror, which makes it a genuinely functional work of art suitable for any desk or table.
As for specs, it connects to a computer via USB 3.0, which also powers the hard drive, delivering fast performance – nearly three times faster than with USB 2.0. Its 1TB of storage also gives you enough space for years of backups or an extensive photo, video, and music library. A single blue LED at the base of the device indicates the HDD status.
LaCie’s Sphere will launch later this quarter at $490.