LaCie intros LaCinema Rugged: portable multimedia-friendly hard drive

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LaCie, well-known for its rugged portable hard drives, has just launched a new range: the LaCinema Rugged.

As the name would suggest, these portable hard drives are designed for carrying around your multimedia files — movies, photos, and music — and can connect directly to a high definition television via HDMI or composite video port.

Designed to the same high standards as LaCie’s other rugged drives, the LaCinema Rugged features a scratch-resistant aluminium shell, internal shock absorbers, and shock-resistant rubber bumper. Thankfully (at least to my taste) it’s available with black casing rather than the bright orange of some other models, so won’t look quite so out of place sitting next to my TV.

It comes with a remote control unit, and can be loaded up with digital files from a PC or Mac via USB 2.0. It can play most unprotected audio and video file formats and comes in 250GB, 320GB, and 500GB capacities. Pricing starts at £129.

LaCie UK

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Andy Merrett

4 comments

  • That was quite an insensitive thing of me to say, then, seeing as we’re now living in Austerity Britain.

  • wow, that’s actually a nice simple alternative to apple tv and all those other media players.
    It’s just a hard drive with a remote. nice.
    The test in in what files it can actually play.
    Divx? mov? wma? mp4? real? I don’t know why I said real. No one uses real anymore do they?

    • The LaCinema Rugged handles the following:

      * Audio: MP3, WMA, AC3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC (Windows, not Apple)
      * Video: MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB, IFO, ISO), MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD)
      * Photo: JPEG (up to 8M pixels), GIF, PNG, BMP

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