updated 08:00 pm EST, Mon November 17, 2008
LaCinema multimedia drive
LaCie has announced the US release of its LaCinema Rugged multimedia storage device. The drive features HDMI output and HD upscaling, allowing content to be viewed on an HDTV. Users can load video, images, and music onto the drive via USB 2.0, and then play or view content from any television. The Rugged features aluminum shell protection, combined with internal anti-shock absorbers and an exterior rubber bumper. Users can view the content by navigating the graphic menus of the user interface.
The device supports a variety of file formats, including MPEG-1/2/4, MP3, WMA, AC3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP. If an HDMI input is not available, composite video output can be used for connection to legacy televisions. Optical video and audio connections are also provided. The LaCie LaCinema Rugged is now available, with capacities of 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB and prices starting at $200.