LaCie has announced the release of a new multimedia drive lineup, also known as LaCinema Rugged. Designed by Neil Poulton, the new media drive, houses capacities, ranged from 250GB up to 500GB, so you can store all your movies, videos, or photos in one small place and play them on any TV, thanks to the composite / 1080i HDMI outputs inside. Once connected, you get a friendly onscreen interface to handle the content that may include varies codecs support, such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB, IFO, ISO), MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD) video files, or MP3, WMA, AC3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC audio files or JPEG (up to 8 megapixels), GIF, PNG, BMP image files and even subtitle files like SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI. The LaCinema Rugged is compatible with both PAL /NTSC systems and to make things more comfortable, there’s a nice remote control, to let you command the box from your sofa. Regretfully, no word when this thing is going to hit Stateside, but if you’re heading to Europe, you can get the 500GB version for £219 ($357).
[Lacie via engadget]