Lacie's Rugged external hard drives have always looked tempting, but the price to storage ratio has never been that appealing. The new Rugged XL may have finally found market balance.

The Lacie Rugged XL offers 1TB of USB/eSATA storage, wrapped in aluminum and a large external/internal bumper, for $160. But, at least according to this lead picture, this new model (right) is huuuuuggge, even by 3.5-inch standards. Seriously, it might eat your laptop if it gets too close. [Lacie]