LaCie LaCinema Premier

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LaCie LaCinema Premier

Easily turn your TV into an entertainment center for enjoying your movies, photos and music with the LaCinema Premier. Simply connect it to your PC or...

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Review of "LaCie LaCinema Premier"

published 26/03/2009 | EVIT
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Excellent
Pro reliable, silent, practical, it's getting cheaper, very good remote, 2yrs guarantee
Cons doesn't support MP4 or MKV
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"LaCie LaCinema - enjoy your divx on TV!"

LaCie LaCinema Premier (500GB but the box is identical also for the 750, I have both)

LaCie LaCinema Premier (500GB but the box is identical also for the 750, I have both)

LaCie LaCinema Premier my review

I already owned a 500GB version of this LaCie LaCinema but when I was in Asda and saw the 750GB for more or less the same price I paid for the other one (£129 I think) I couldn't resist the tempation. I gifted it to my in-law and she's super happy! So what's this LaCie LaCinema Premier? It's a multimedia hard disk that you can plug to the TV and it allows you to watch your media files (video, music, pictures) on your TV, it plays the most commonly used codecs such as DivX, MPEG, JPG, MP3 etc (see them listed later on). I will never praise this product enough, it's simple to use, it's durable and has a very good remote control. What does it change from the 500GB version that I already reviewed? Nothing really, only the size, it allows you to store many more media files, that's all.


For who hasn't read my previous review on the 500GB version, this LaCie LaCinema comes in a white little square sturdy box. Taking out the contents you will find the device itself (black in colour), CD with manuals (no drivers needed), USB 2.0 cable, A/V cable, remote with batteries (2AA), power adapter and a (very) Quick Install Guide. The hard disk looks professional and its weight is not too heavy nor too light (1Kg to be exact). Colour is opaque black with blue led lights on the front when turned on. It has some controls on the front (stop, play, four direction arrows and power button) which might come handy at times but trust me you will always use the remote. On the back it presents a USB 2.0 port, 3 A/V plugs (Video+Audio Left & Right), S-Video and others similar to the composite plugs but dedicated to the HD video so you can plug it to the most advanced TVs too.

Dimensions are: 68x170x125mm (2.68x6.69x4.92in.)

Knowing that they released updates of its firmware I first plugged it into my computer and followed the instructions to apply the upgrades, it's a very simple process as long as you stick to the instructions, now I don't remember what the updates consisted of but it's good to know that LaCie keeps its products updated! When you plug it to the TV you will see a nice blue menu from which you can select between MOVIES, MUSIC, PICTURES and BROWSE. You can easily create your subfolders from your computer to make some order if you have plenty of multimedia files to archive. Easy enough, once you transfer all your multimedia files from your computer to this hard disk you can plug it to the television and enjoy your films, music, pictures or whatever you put on it. As I said before the remote is also fantastic. Not filmsy at all, it looks just like a normal remote, very reactive and with lots of functions, not too hard to learn either. With the remote you can navigate through your files and select to watch them (or listen to them, in case of music) on your tv.
Files supported are:

Video: MPEG1/2/4 (avi and xvid), DVD-Video (ISO, IFO, VOB)
Audio: MP3, WMA, AC3, Ogg Vorbis
Photo: JPEG (up to 8MB pixels), BMP, GIF and PNG
Subtitle: SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB

Other few notes: the video and sound quality are excellent. The fast-forward and rewind actually works like on a DVD which is FANTASTIC on this sort of product.
Some possible let downs are:
1) It does support NTFS but it's formatted by the manufacturer in FAT32, this means that you can't store files for sizes bigger than 4GB (a bit stupid since it can support DVD-Video files). I wasn't willing to try to reformat it to NTFS because I'm not planning to store anything but avi video files.
2) Doesn't play MP4 or mkv, not that I care but some people might.
3) They might have included a A/V-to-SCART plug for people who still have only SCART plugs on their tv (you can buy them for cheap anyway).

CONCLUSION

As a conclusion, this LaCie multimedia hard disk is the best one I've tried (and I've tried a few), it beats all other brands for the easyness of use (thanks to the responsive remote), silent operations, neat look and reliability. It's definitely a great purchase if you have plenty of multimedia files and you're tired of watching them on your computer. I have bought three of these in all (one for me, one for my girlfriend and one for her mother) and none of them has let me down or malfunctioned, the best thing is that they are also getting cheaper. I'm very satisfied by them and... OH I nearly forgot, they come with 2 years guarantee!

AVAILABILITY

As I said in the review, I found ths product in Asda but there weren’t many on the shelf (must have been 4 in total) so I’m not sure if it’s something that Asda will keep selling. Otherwise they are quite hard to come by in the UK although this sort of products are getting more and more popular (finally).
For more info about the product I leave you with the manufacturer’s website where you can find additional information about it (although at the moment they don't have them in their online shop):
http://www.lacie.com/uk/support/support_manifest.htm?id=10263

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Comments on this review

  • loveofnight published 05/09/2009
    you sound like the gadget guru
  • Autarkis published 01/06/2009
    Everything one would need to know, very nicely reviewed :)
  • Stenly7981 published 02/04/2009
    You reminds me of my flatmate :-) he likes gadgets and electronics stuff he..he..he. Good review
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Product Information : LaCie LaCinema Premier

Manufacturer's product description

Easily turn your TV into an entertainment center for enjoying your movies, photos and music with the LaCinema Premier. Simply connect it to your PC or Mac via USB to transfer your digital media files; then plug it into your TV for instant playback. Save time and avoid having to burn CDs/DVDs with this USB multimedia hard drive. The LaCinema Premier supports a wide variety of video, audio, and photo formats. Designed with HDTV screens in mind, it can adapt video content up to a 1080i resolution to improve your viewing experience. Enjoy surround sound thanks to its optical output capability. With the LaCinema Premier, there's no compromise on visual or audio quality. Store your entire media library on the LaCinema Premier. Plug it directly to a TV to watch hundreds of movies, view thousands of photos or play thousands of songs for your family and friends. Designed to be simple and fun for anyone to use, it provides an easy-to navigate on-screen menu and convenient remote control. Compact yet powerful, the LaCinema Premier can serve as an external hard drive for additional data storage. Since it comes with a USB port and cable, you can plug it into your desktop or laptop PC or Mac for an easy, quiet backup solution.

Product Details

Product Description: LaCie LaCinema Premier - digital AV player, LaCie LaCinema Premier Power Supply - power adapter

Device Type: Digital AV player

Dimensions (WxDxH): 6.8 cm x 17 cm x 12.5 cm

Hard Drive: 500 GB, 1 TB, 750 GB

TV Standards Supported: NTSC, PAL

Supported Still Images Formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Playback Image Resolution (max): 8 megapixels

Supported Audio Formats: WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AC-3

Video Playback Formats: MPEG-4, XviD, DivX 5.0, DivX 4.0, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, DivX 3.11, AVI, VOB, ISO

External Control Devices: Remote control

Included Accessories: AV cable, USB cable, remote control , power adapter

Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

Designed For: LaCinema Premier

Voltage Provided: 12 V

Product Type: Power adapter

General

MPN: 301814EK, 712513, 301816, 301815EK, 301816EK, 301814U

Device Type: Digital AV player

Width: 6.8 cm

Depth: 17 cm

Height: 12.5 cm

Weight: 1.1 kg

External Control Devices: Remote control

Product Type: Power adapter

Display

TV Standards Supported: NTSC, PAL

Memory / Storage

HDD Capacity: 500 GB, 1 TB, 750 GB

HDD Form Factor: Built-in

File System Supported: FAT 32, NTFS

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Playback Image Resolution (max): 8 megapixels

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats: WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AC-3

Video

Video Playback Formats: MPEG-4, XviD, DivX 5.0, DivX 4.0, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, DivX 3.11, AVI, VOB, ISO

Features: Subtitles

Connectivity

Connections: USB 2.0 - USB Type B ¦ SPDIF output - TOSLINK ¦ S-video output ¦ Component video output - RCA x 3 ¦ Audio line-out - RCA x 2 ¦ SPDIF output - RCA ¦ Composite video output - RCA

Battery

Included Qty: 2

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: AV cable, USB cable, remote control , power adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 2 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 2 years

Compatibility Information

Designed For: LaCie LaCinema Premier

Power Device

Power Provided: 36 Watt

Voltage Provided: 12 V

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