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Toughen up any portable hard drive with the LaCie Tank

The folks at LaCie have been selling their own brand of rugged hard drives for quite some time. They can withstand all kinds of abuse while keeping your precious documents nice and safe. What if you want the same kind of ruggedness in a different drive? That’s where the LaCie Tank comes in.

It’s not a portable hard drive itself. Instead, the Tank is an IP-63 certified protective case that can wrap around most portable hard drives of the 2.5-inch variety. LaCie will obviously be happier if you choose to plunk a LaCie drive in there, but there’s no much stopping you from going with Western Digital, Seagate, or any number of other manufacturers.

The cool thing is that the LaCie Tank can also be used for other similarly-sized products, like your digital cameras, Nintendo DS, PSP Go, or whatever else you can shove in there. This could make the Tank which looks like the continous tracks of tank treads) a good choice for travel purposes, surviving random bumps and bruises your electronics may otherwise encounter along the way.

It’s currently listed on their UK site for just under 20 quid. That works out to about US$31.

[Lacie UK]

LaCie Tank: Battle-Ready Armour to Protect Your Data

· IP-63-certified: protects against dust and pouring rain
· Military-grade shock and drop resistant
· Customisable foam adjusts to your device
· Protects 2.5” hard drive, digital camera, Nintendo® DSTM lite or DSi

London, UK (7th December 2010) – LaCie announced today a resilient new hard drive case that protects hard drives against hazardous situations – the LaCie Tank, design by Neil Poulton. An ideal fit for 2.5″ HDDs, the LaCie Tank is strong enough to drop in a suitcase or shipping box and accessible enough to use every day.

A hard, rugged shell made of rubber and polypropylene snaps securely around your device, keeping out dust and rain. This robust exterior is also shock-resistant and tested against military-grade drop requirements, protecting your data from catastrophic drops. It’s manufactured in Italy for guaranteed durability.

Additionally, the LaCie Tank’s padded interior can be customised to fit any shape and size, guaranteeing your hard drive is cushioned and snug for any type of transportation. Simply remove foam cubes to fit your device precisely. The Tank is an easy, versatile way to protect your digital content.

“Customers have told us about the myriad of places they take hard drives, and LaCie developed the Tank just for them, providing armour for your hard drive as the name suggests,” Claire Rivallan, Consumer Accessories Product Manager. “There are so many elements that can damage invaluable data, which we aimed to eliminate with this design. The Tank can even keep data safe and dry in a hurricane – an unparalleled safeguard.”

LaCie Tank can also be configured to carry other portable electronic devices, such as digital cameras and Nintendo DS lite or DSi consoles. Offering military-grade ruggedness, the LaCie Tank is truly a fortress for your digital content.

Availability
The LaCie Tank is available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, LaCie Reseller+ starting at £19.99. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com/uk.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan’s Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of “the ageing pens,” pens made from a “living,” wearing plastic that changes colour and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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