Nah. . .
No true rubber fetishist would go with that colour.
Or so I've heard.
Rubber hard disk fetishist LaCie has upped the capacity of its ruggedly designed portable drive to half a terabyte capacity. Quite resembling an orange inflatable raft, the unit now packs a 500GB Hitachi Travelstar 2.5-inch drive into the Neil Poulton-designed chassis. The LaCie Rugged features a scratch-resistant aluminum …
Yes you can get cheaper drives and you may also be able to get more reliable ones, but you will be hard pushed to find nicer looking ones.
You're paying the premium for the design.
As for reliability, I've got a TB of LaCie drives at home now, the oldest being 2 years old and I've never had a crash.
I have one (not the 500GB one), and this is NOT aluminum (or AL-YOU-MINI-UM, as you guys put it). It is cheap plastic with sprayed-on metal paint, and the paint is already scratching off. I'd post a pic of it, but that can't happen here, so I'll post one of PH instead, as she has more style than substance.
All that being said, it works well enough for me. I've been using it for quite some time.
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