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Lacie Launches LaCinema Rugged HD


Lacie Launches LaCinema Rugged HD

It was only a matter of time before one manufacturer or another capitalised on the major missing feature of media players like the Western Digital WD TV, Popcors Hour A110 and Seagate FreeAgent Theatre and that manufacturer is LACie. The LaCinema Rugged HD offers similar high definition multimedia playback, for sure, but it also purports to be highly portable - something its rivals can't really claim.

The LaCinema Rugged HD offers 500GB of storage and will function like any other external drive when attached to a PC via USB. Hooked up to a TV via HDMI, however, videos encoded in just about any format you can think of - notably XviD, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9 and VC-1 - in every container you could want - including MKV, AVI, VOB and WMV - in up to 1,920 x 1080 can be played from the internal drive over HDMI.

A digital optical output is also present, so sound can be sent to an external decoder should that be desired. Audio format support is as comprehensive, with the usual suspects - mp3, AAC, WMA, OGG, MP4 - all accounted for. And if you really fancy it, the LaCinema will display JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG images.

Also worth mentioning is the drive's "unique varnished, scratch-protected aluminium shell" which couples with internal shock-resistant mounting to keep the drive safe and sound.

At £289.99 LaCinema Rugged HD isn't exactly cheap, but it is available now if you think that price is justified.



July 9, 2009, 4:36 pm

My WD HD TV, coupled with a 2.5" drive does all this, is really very portable (and quiet), and at £80 plus £50 for the external drive is alot cheaper. I wouldn't swap for a Lacie.


July 9, 2009, 8:39 pm

Have you guys at TR heard of the Xtreamer unit?


Do you think you might get hold of one for review. This unit is causing a bit of a buzz. Seems to answer the HTPC maidens prayers - especially as its only 99 Euros....


July 9, 2009, 8:58 pm

My WD-HD-TV comes with me everywhere, the reason i bought it was that it was significantly more portable than an older NEO unit i had, suffered the wrath of an accidental fall onto its side. And i think any hdd unit will suffer the same (regardless of how rugid it may be housed). Personally, i think the more 'protected' the unit is the less careful you are likely to be with it.

Anywhere you can go with a USB stick you can take the WD-HD-TV. Been to US and Germany with it and its just booked a well earned 2 week holiday to Spain for itself! :)

2 * 16Gb usb keys gets me, Series 2 of Private Practice for her, Entourage 1-5 for me and hours of Handy Manny et al for junior... thats portability!

I can't wait for 128Gb keys to become readily available, it'll save me the weight of all those extra heavy and cumbersome usb keys!!!! :)


July 9, 2009, 10:20 pm

looking forward to a review of this and other multimedia drives with a particular emphasis on the interface

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