LaCie isn’t known for releasing knew an innovative products, but let’s be honest, they’re a hard drive manufacturer. We’ve seen a variety of Internet connected hard drives from the company before, but most of those cost a pretty penny. Now the company has released the LaPlug. It’s a NAS (Network Area Storage device), but instead of including built-in storage you’ll need to bring your own.
So in effect, the LaPlug isn’t anything more than a sleeker looking PoGo Plug. You can plug any USB device into one of the 4 USB ports and share whatever media or data you have stored. It’s compatible with iTunes and DLNA device, so streaming movies from the LaPlug to your Xbox 360, PS3 or DLNA compatible TV should be a sinch. It’s also Time Machine compatible, so Mac users should probably take a close look at this $75 box if they don’t wanna to splurge for Apple’s wireless Time Machine drives. Lacie has outfitted the front of the device to accommodate USB sticks, while the back features 3 USB 2.0 ports for USB drives you want to leave plugged in for the long term.
Accessing the drive is as simple as dialing up a web URL and Lacie has built an interface that allows you to share links with friends so you don’t have to email pics, music or any files. Simple, clean and efficient.
While the LaPlug can be accessed via WiFi, you’ll need to plug it into your home’s router using an Ethernet plug. A small caveat but a normal one for a NAS.
The Lacie LaPlug is available now.