“It’s not exactly uncommon to find manufacturers making claims for product performance that few of us would actually be able replicate. Often the testing methods are not typical or are adorned with an asterisk or two – involving a bit of effort to find the relevant footnote. Battery life and data rates are among the worst offenders.
On the box of LaCie’s Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 dual SSD 1TB external drive there’s an asterisk next to 1,375MB/s speed claim. The figure crops up all over the box in various sizes and occurs in lines of different languages. Look a bit more closely and it refers to the average read speeds for 4K editing. The write speed claim is a mere 1,200MB/s – hardly worth getting out of bed for, eh?
Hot on the asterisk trail, the reference to those figures was nowhere to be found – well, nowhere obvious. It wasn’t until I looked the bottom side of the box that, in something like two-point type, the key to this performance puzzle was revealed. Obviously something to shout about.”
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