A portable multimedia device that can roll with the punches.
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.