Iomega Corporation have announced the new Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive, a portable external hard drive that leaves the PC behind, delivering multimedia content to high-definition televisions and home theatre systems.

The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive is a 500 GB drive with the storage capacity to hold up to 2 million photos, 9,250 hours of music, or 750 hours of video, enabling family and friends to share high-resolution photos, music, and video clips in the comfort of the living room, without a computer.

The portable ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive comes with a remote control for easy navigation and includes both HDMI and component video outputs for displaying high-resolution digital photos and video.

Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia DriveThe ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive 500GB weighs 907 g and measures a diminutive 196 x 58 x 127 mm, or about the size of a paperback book.

Inside the ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive is a 500GB 3.5 inch 7200 RPM hard drive formatted with the NTFS file system. Video connection options include HDMI, component and composite video, and SCART (RGB). Audio connection options include composite RCA and coaxial S/PDIF outputs. PC transfers use the USB 2.0 interface. USB, composite video, and component video cables are included.

Using the HDMI or component outputs, the user can choose video settings from 480i/480p/720p/1080i (720p and1080i are achieved through upscaling). Supported media formats include MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG.

System requirements

The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive is designed for use with the following PC operating systems: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home/XP Professional/XP Professional x64, Windows Vista.

Price and availability

The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive USB 2.0/AV 500GB available now in Australia for AUD $269.

Source: Iomega