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Iomega's ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive Makes PC Obsolete

Iomega announced the new Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive, a portable hard drive with built-in multimedia playback capability that makes it a digital media jukebox for photos, songs and video files that can be used with virtually any television or A/V system.

The ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive is an external hard drive with audio and video outputs, built-in multimedia playback capability, and a set of DVD-style playback buttons.

Measuring 5.20" x 3.07" x 0.70" (132 x 77.2 x 17.8 mm), the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive uses on-screen TV navigation to help users select a video, song list, or slide show. Since the ScreenPlay drive comes with its own wireless remote control, menus are easy to navigate from across the room.

There's an USB 2.0 port; outputs include NTSC or PAL analog video (using composite or S-Video connectors) and analog stereo audio (using RCA connectors).

When connected to a computer's USB 2.0 port, the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive operates like a normal 60GB hard drive. When connected to a TV or A/V system, the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive becomes a kind of a media jukebox. It streams video formats directly to TV via its S-Video or composite video connectors; compatible formats include MPEG-1 (AVI, MPG, DAT), MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB), and MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD). It also can handle JPEG photos of up to 8 megapixel resolution, motion JPEG files at 15 or 30 frames per second (digital camera movies), and MP3 digital audio files.

The ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive is compatible with Pentium III-class or equivalent processor or higher running Microsoft Windows Win98/SE, Me/2000/XP Home or Professional. It is also compatible with Mac OS X (10.2) or higher.

The new Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia drive is now available for a U.S. suggested retail price of $219.95.

Source: Iomega

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