It's pretty clear to look at the Lacie Wireless Space's specs what system it is going after. Packing either 1TB or 2TB of storage in a fairly compact chassis and offering both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections to offer-up that capacity for backups, the Wireless Space has Apple's Time Capsule firmly in its sights. However, with its Â£155 asking price the Wireless Space is a good third less expensive than its Apple rival - game on.
There's something to be said for the Wireless Space's 'black box' design if you ignore for a second that the black boxes on planes aren't actually that colour at all, and don't attribute the same level of data security to the Lacie Wireless Space as you would to a flight recorder. At 117mm x 45mm x 193mm the Wireless Space isn't difficult to accommodate no matter where you place it, and although it only has feet on the bottom, it can be stood on its side without any issues that we could detect.
Although we're reluctant to refer to a glossy black plastic cuboid as 'designed' it does look stylish enough, especially with the status LED at the front placed so as to give a 'neon under-light' effect. Less pleasing is the noise the Wireless Space makes in operation; enough to be a distraction in a quiet environment, unless otherwise contained in a TV cabinet or such like. This is of course true of most NAS devices we've looked at.
Fortunately for the Wireless Space, its provision of both three Gigabit Ethernet ports and Wireless-N connectivity mean that it's not hard to access it from any number of computers in your home, whether desktops or laptops. Furthermore, there is a fourth 100/10 Ethernet port on the rear that lets the Wireless Space distribute your Internet connection to any devices connected to itself. If you have a modem without built-in Wi-Fi, therefore, the Wireless Space will save you the purchase of a separate wireless router.
Unless we're much mistaken, apart from the private MyShare and OpenShare there's no other way to divide files on the Wireless Space. The former directory is protected with the device's admin password (so remember to change the default from "admin") and the later is open to all and sundry. As such, if you need separate, password-protected directories for multiple users, this is not the device for you.
The three USB ports on the Wireless Space work with both printers and drives - the latter giving you an easy way to backup your backup. As the internal storage can't be accessed, this is particularly useful as it lets you archive older files without going via your computer.