Seagate has officially announced the availability of a trio of storage devices that are inspired by the television series The Mandalorian. Since the Light and Dark Side-themed Nvidia GTX Titan XP GPUs from a few years ago, they’ve been my favourite piece of Star Wars-branded PC gaming gear, and they’re still my favourite piece of Star Wars-branded PC gaming hardware.
FireCuda drives from Beskar Ingot’s Special Edition FireCuda line are available as external hard drives, M.2 NVMe drives, or SATA SSDs. The design is based on beskar ingots that appeared in the first season of The Mandalorian, and it even incorporates the Galactic Empire seal onto the piece.
Aside from the Star Wars logo, the NVMe SSDs are really Firecuda 530s, which happens to be one of our favourite SSDs for gaming. The 530s provide decent all-around performance, but they are on the expensive side when compared to other M.2 drives, such as the WD Black series, on the market. Still, those drives don’t seem nearly as beautiful as these, so that’s something to consider.
If you’re wondering what the heck beskar ingots are and why I’m so insanely enthused about them, read on. So, if you don’t mind, please allow me to:
Beskar is a super-durable metal that is used to construct the armour of the Mandalorians, the warrior people of the planet Mandalore, who are known for their bravery. It is resistant to blaster shots and can deflect lightsabers. When, during the Clone Wars and the creation of the Galactic Empire, the Imperials carried out the Great Purge of Mandalore (not to be confused with the Siege of Mandalore, of course) and plundered all of the beskar, the Mandalorians were killed and the beskar were completely destroyed.
If and when the Empire falls during the Battle of Yavin 4 and the demise of the Second Death, remnants of the Empire will continue to rely on beskar ingots as a kind of money, as galactic credits are no longer useful under the New Republic.
In the episode, the Mandalorian is rewarded with a stash of beskar ingots after successfully performing a bounty for a group of unscrupulous former Imperial officers and researchers. Mando then has the beskar melted down and fashioned into a sleek-looking suit of armour before setting out to do a variety of Star Wars-related activities. I’ve reached the end of my Star Wars rant. I vow to you.
The 2TB hard drive is presently available for purchase on Amazon for $100. The SATA SSD is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, with prices ranging from $168 to $284. The NVMe SSDs are available in 1TB and 500GB sizes, with prices ranging from $273 to $168, respectively.