LaCie has introduced the LaCie Rugged XL, billed as a super-sized expansion to LaCie's award-winning line of Rugged hard drives.

The LaCie Rugged XL doubles the capacity of the drive to 1TB, and according to LaCie "best leverages design and durability by offering an stylish aluminium casing for protection on your desktop, as well as the signature orange rubber sleeve." The design is the work of Neil Poulton, responsible for many of LaCie's more outstanding devices.

The LaCie Rugged XL features an internal bumper and heat dissipating features, and is ideally suited for speed-intensive applications or for large-scale backups says LaCie. The hard drive supports both USB for universal compatibility and eSATA 3Gb/s.

The LaCie Rugged XL is Mac and PC compatible and comes with Intego Backup Assistant software for Mac users. Available from the LaCie Online Store and retailers the hard drive has a suggested retail price of £121 plus VAT.