LaCie wants you to buy a 1TB hard drive for nearly US$500 – because it’s a sphere

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Ever thought your USB drive was a bit too oblong-y (that’s probably not a word)? Well, LaCie has the answer for you – a 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive, shaped as a sphere, designed by French silverware maker Christofle. Oh, and did we mention that it costs US$490? According to LaCie’s press release, the company handcrafts each individual device – and due to its round shape, it has to have a manual plating process to enclose the case in silver-plated steel. It also has a blue LED light to indicate if its on.

You can add this to the long list of branded tech products, where the brand name contributes significantly to the price tag. It will be available this quarter, according to LaCie.