Turn your 2.5″ portable Hard Drive into your movies Jukebox as well
You find lots of travelers carrying a 2.5″ hard drive in their bags. The high capacity and the small size of such devices allows you to carry lots of extra data, or even a backup of your data with you all the time. LG decided to be a little more innovative with their 500GB 2.5″ drive and the result was LG HXF1 Portable Theatre.
Packaged in a nice little box, the HXF1 comes bundled with a USB cable and a composite cable. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend extra on getting an HDMI cable if you want to get Hi-Def output. Along with these cables, LG includes a carrying pouch and a CD with application and drives. Finally, a remote is also included to allow you to use the unit from a distance.
The HXF1 is more or less a 2.5″ hard drive that is a bit bigger in size and offers audio/video output. You connect it to your computer like any other external drive- through a USB 2.0 connection and it appears as a drive on your desktop. Then all you do is copy your data or your videos/photos/music on it and thats about it.
With an HDMI as well as composite connectors, the XF1 can connect to almost all kinds televisions. you do need to power the device with the included adapter and you can then watch your movies/photos or listen to your music stored on the player. Its really as simple as that and LG makes the user interface quite easy as well. The following video demonstrates the interface.
The HXF1 has navigation buttons on the unit itself and for your convenience, LG also provides a small remote along with a carrying pouch so you don’t lose anything. I tested quite a few different kinds of videos with it and at the moment, standard divx files and MPEG1/2/4 play well however you cannot watch x264 encoded files or high-definition MKV files even though the the unit supports 720p/1080i output. The good thing is that its firmware is upgradable so LG could add decoding of these file types later on.
The HXF1 is certainly an interesting idea- I can see copying my four-year old’s videos to take on a vacation for some peace-time for myself. hopefully LG will upgrade the firmware to support more video types later on. Priced at AED 899, the XF1 is a bit on the pricey side but it does offer the convenience of carrying lots of your movies with you in a small form factor.