These days, it's tough to think of a storage company that has yet to dabble in the multimedia HDD space. LaCie has done it
(a few times over), Seagate has done it, and now LG
has done it. But we have to say, LG's probably looks better than all the rest.
The new XF1 is a 500GB drive that functions as a media portal, boasting a USB interface as well as an HDMI output to direct material straight to your HDTV. It can understand AVI, Xvid, DAT, MPEG, VOB, MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC, LPCM, JPEG, BMP and a slew of subtitle formats, Unfortunately, LG has neglected to include an Ethernet jack and a Wi-Fi socket, which means that your dreams of using this as a network media streamer are dashed.
Still, even though this only works with content hosted locally, 500GB (a 320GB model is also available) is plenty of space for all those Family Guy episodes you like to carry around, but we're still unaware of just how expensive this will be when it launched in America sometime in the future. Hope you've got patience!