Thursday, July 9th 2009

LaCie Introduces the First Mobile HD Multimedia Player: LaCinema Rugged HD

LaCie announced today its LaCinema Rugged multimedia hard drive is now available in High Definition - LaCinema Rugged HD. The LaCinema Rugged product range has the most compact, reliable, and mobile multimedia players on the market. Now, with enhanced HD capability, the LaCinema Rugged HD is the first multimedia player in its class, to allow users to store and play High Definition content - on any HDTV in Full-HD 1080p resolution.
The LaCinema Rugged HD comes with 500 GB of built-in storage capacity, allowing users to store and instantly watch their favorite television shows and movies, listen to music, and display photo slideshows with their family and friends. Compatible with any HDMI supported display, the LaCinema Rugged HD brings multimedia functionality to users while in the home or on-the-go.

Compatible with both Windows and Mac environments, the LaCinema Rugged HD requires a single USB 2.0 cable, connected to the computer for easy, bus-powered multimedia loading. Once the media content is transferred to the LaCinema Rugged HD, it is ready to be viewed on any display with an HDMI connection. The HDMI cable is included for user convenience. For optimized viewing, the LaCinema Rugged HD supports most of standard and high-definition video codecs (H.264, MKV, WMV9, MPEG-4) to ensure easy High Definition playback.

''When it comes to viewing High Definition content, it is hard to find a mobile form factor that that doesn't compromise important features and functionality, like built-in storage, format versatility, and integrated HDMI connectivity,'' said Christelle Dexet, LaCie Multimedia Product Manager. ''The LaCinema Rugged HD not only provides the ultimate mobile design, but it allows users to store large amounts of HD content and play it wherever they desire.''

Modeled after the award winning LaCie Rugged Hard Disk, design by Neil Poulton, the LaCinema Rugged HD features a unique scratch-resistant aluminum shell, internal anti-shock absorbers, and a shock-resistant rubber bumper to better protect media files against everyday blunders. The LaCinema Rugged HD provides the convenience of a centralized media library with enhanced graphic menus, setting features and an easy-to-use remote control for navigation.

LaCinema Rugged HD is compatible with all common digital formats and can store up to 700 movies, 165,000 songs, or 165,000 photos.

The LaCinema Rugged HD is available through the LaCie Online Store at the suggested retail price of $349.99. For more product information, visit Source: LaCie
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2 Comments on LaCie Introduces the First Mobile HD Multimedia Player: LaCinema Rugged HD

Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
this thing has a lot of potential. it looks like it is basically a 500gig hard drive that has some software on it to play back the multimedia files. these things always suck tho when it comes to codec compatability. for instance, does it play .mkv files or will i have to transcode everything? up to what bit rate can it handle? is performance lackluster? when you transfer the media files from the PC to the drive does it compress them or change them in anyway...
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Or you could buy the WD HD Media player for like $99 and a Passport drive or 2 and it turns out cheaper, plays 1080p MKV and a whole load of other formats and so on.
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