The network media streaming market is continually developing with exciting new products being released year on year… Arguably the pick of the bunch in 2009 was the LaCie LaCinema Classic HD or perhaps the Dell Inspiron Zino HD, which took content from a computer and displayed it on a TV. Simple enough, but there were definite improvements that could have been made on the product.
The beginning of 2010 has seen the release of LaCie’s LaCinema Mini HD player which plays full high definition content at 1080p and bringing a welcome low-cost option to this particular market. The first noticeable feature of the Mini HD is the inclusion of built in 802.11n Wi-Fi alongside the standard ethernet port.
This definitely adds more ‘streaming’ to the device as you don’t have to buy a separate adapter or put up with ethernet when watching TV from the device – this wouldn’t be at all ideal if your streaming PC was in a different room to the TV you were using to watch the content!
Despite its small form factor, the LaCie LaCinema Mini HD also comes with a very respectable 500GB of internal storage, so your content can be stored locally if you haven’t enough room on your PC’s hard drive. By optimising a USB port, the unit can be plugged in to your machine for the content to be copied over. As well as this, you’ll find two USB ports for any drives you may want to connect to the device and a HDMI port for viewing full HD content on your TV.
Like most LaCie products, the LaCinema Mini HD is well designed and will definitely look great alongside your huge HDTV! Tempted? With a suggested retail price of around £259, so am I…