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LaCie Philippe Starck USB 3.0 500GB Drive Is £30 Too Expensive

It might have attracted the headlines because of its design but the LaCie USB 3.0 portable hard drive inspired and designed by French Designer Philippe Starck is a tad too expensive for our recession hit pockets.

This is particularly true given that LaCie sells another gorgeous looking hard disk drive that appear to have exactly the same specifications.

LaCie Rikiki is much smaller and almost 50 per cent lighter than the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 and to make things even better, it costs only £59.99 including delivery at Dabs (the Starck Carries a SRP of £90)

In all fairness, it is not expensive for what it is, the world's smallest USB 3.0 mobile drive with interface speeds of up to 5Gbps and backward compatibility with USB 2.0.

Like its more bigger brother, it is made of resistant aluminium, albeit the brushed charcoal type and comes with a two year warranty.

It does include LaCie Setup Assistant, LaCie Backup Assistant, one year worth of online storage at Wuala with 10GB onboard and a USB 3.0 cable.

And surprisingly, Rikiki appears to be just as cheap than competitors from Buffalo, Western Digital or Iomega. The only issue that one may encounter comes from the lack of USB 3.0 capable computers.

USB 3.0 cards cards for example (so called Superspeed Host controllers) are still relatively expensive adding 50 per cent more to the cost of the hard drive itself.