Object of Desire: LaCie Mirror

April 6, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Most of us could live a full and contented life without ever once pondering the existential significance of a hard drive—but not LaCie. For its collaboration with French designer Pauline Deltour, the hard-drive maker plumbed the depths of our technological souls and emerged with the LaCie Mirror, a 1TB portable hard drive housed in a mirror of Corning Gorilla Glass. Why a mirror, you ask? According to the company, it wasn’t to placate our vanity but to evoke the symbolic significance of our digital lives. “Mirrors reflect the image of who we are,” LaCie said in a statement announcing the Mirror, “ whereas the data that we collect and create is a reflection of an individual’s ideas and experiences.” If you need such symbolism beside your desk or as you travel, the Mirror’s Gorilla Glass exterior is tough enough to resist scratches and chips (but not, we suspect, ennui). It delivers USB 3.0 connectivity for transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps and ships with LaCie’s Backup Assistant and encryption software. The drive weighs 0.5 pounds, and will come with a carrying pouch and an ebony wood display stand. —Greg Scoblete

Price: $280


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