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CES 2014: LaCie woos minimalists with stylish Mac storage

Today at CES 2014, LaCie is introducing a trio of products that will right be at home next to those shiny new Apple products you got late last year.

The LaCie Fuel is a wireless 1TB storage device for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The LaCie Cristofle Sphère is a sliver-clad 1TB drive for the luxury set, while the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is a drive for deadline-driven folk with new MacBook and Mac Pros.

The LaCie Fuel is probably the most accessible of the three products. It's a wireless hard drive with a 1TB capacity, made primarily to hold media files for users of Apple iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, or Macs. It creates its own Wi-Fi network, which can serve media files like movies, music, and pictures to up to five devices simultaneously.

It's aimed for those with mobile devices like the iPad or other tablet (via Seagate's Media App) and Apple TV (via Airplay), but you can access the drive's content on other devices via the included USB 3.0 cable. The $199.99 (£146) LaCie Fuel has an internal battery good for up to 10 hours of streaming.

The LaCie Christofle Sphère is probably the most exclusive, with a 1TB capacity and hand-crafted silver exterior. More sculpture than storage, it's a 1TB USB 3.0 external drive for the conspicuous consumption set. Priced at $490 (£360), the Christofle Sphère is meant to look natural on a minimalist desk, next to other handmade Christofle silver items like a £350 ashtray or a £400 tissue box cover.

Finally, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is the followup to last year's Thunderbolt Little Big Disk. The Thunderbolt 2 comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports as well as two internal 512GB SSDs configured together in a RAID 0 configuration.

The result is an external work drive that is capable of 20Gbps theoretical throughput to your Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, or future PC with a Thunderbolt 2 interface. It's meant for video editors working with 4k HD video, but users transferring multiple RAW photo images are also prime candidates for the drive.

The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available this quarter, but pricing details are not yet available.