LaCie’s LaCinema Rugged plays 1080p video for $350


Obviously these type of portable hard drive/players must be doing decently in sales, since every company seems to be coming up with one…but who is buying them? For $350, you can build yourself a pretty decent HTPC, or heck, a bit more and you can buy a laptop that can just connect to your HDTV. I must be missing something about these…



If money is no issue, and you’re looking to play 1080p content—alt.binaries.hdtv.h264 says hi—on your big screen TV, you really ought to look into getting a proper PC, one with one of those fancy nVidia GPU that you can use to hardware accelerate said Blu-ray rips. That being said, it looks like LaCie just came out with a stand-alone device that should play most of the HD content you “find” online. Oh, it’s called the LaCinema Rugged HD, and LaCie wants $350 for it.