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The LaCie LaCinema Rugged is a multimedia external USB hard drive designed with portability in mind.

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Pros

HDMI cable is included, a welcoming change, considering even $300 Blu-Ray players don't include one

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Simple to setup, no extra software required

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Has HDMI and optical audio out

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Cons

Simplistic user interface that lacks function and features

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Supplied remote feels cheap in comparison to the drive itself

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Why does a media drive need to be rugged? Perhaps LaCie could have saved on the casing and concentrated on the user interface

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Lacks support for many popular formats, rending a "media" drive useless

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The LaCie LaCinema Rugged is a multimedia external USB hard drive designed with portability in mind. Like other multimedia hard drives, the LaCinema Rugged has an HDMI output, as well as composite video, however, with a shell developed by designer Neil Poulton, the LaCinema Rugged is scratch-proof and easy to transport to friends', family and coworker's houses. Despite the HDMI port, the LaCinema Rugged can only output at up to 1080i, not 1080p. The LaCinema Rugged will upconvert SD video to 1080i, if connected to a television via HDMI. The LaCinema Rugged comes with a remote control and an additional shock-resistant rubber sleeve to help protect the drive from the elements in all conditions.

Features
  • USB 2.0
  • Remote control
  • Capacity: 250GB, 320GB, 500GB
  • Video Outputs: HDMI x1, composite x1
  • Audio Outputs: RCA x1, Optical x1
  • Video Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB, IFO, ISO), MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD)
  • Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, AC3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC
  • Photo: JPEG (up to 8 megapixels), GIF, PNG, BMP
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