At CES 2014, LaCie has announced a new portable hard drive with wi-fi capabilities, intended to expand the storage on your mobile devices. Read on for details!
At CES 2014, LaCie has announced a new portable hard drive with wi-fi capabilities, intended to expand the storage on your mobile devices. Called Fuel, it is aimed at people who travel with mobile devices and want to bring more content than their device has internal room to store. Used in conjunction with an iPad or Android tablet, the Fuel allows you to store large amounts of content and to use a dedicated app to enjoy it on your device. With wi-fi pass-through capabilities built in, you can also stay connected to the internet while enjoying your content. This is similar to the Seagate Wireless Plus that we told you about at CES 2013; pricing is expected to be $199. Here is the press release:
LaCie Fuel Expands iPad Capacity to 1TB
PARIS, FRANCE – Today, LaCie announced Fuel: a go-anywhere wireless hard drive for iPad®, iPhone® and Mac®. Without requiring Internet access, the LaCie Fuel™ adds 1TB of external storage capacity to compatible mobile devices. Users can store up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs or 190,000 photos, and share them with up to five devices at a time. What’s more, AirPlay® compatibility means users can easily stream movies onto the big screen via Apple TV® or music to compatible speakers.
Wirelessly expand your ipad
The LaCie Fuel lets users access enormous media libraries right from their iPad. With 1TB of storage at their fingertips, they don’t need to pick and choose what they load onto their mobile device. Not only does the LaCie Fuel let them access all their media files while they’re on the go, it also has plenty of extra space to accommodate future needs.
“The mobile industry is ubiquitous. Consumers rely on their mobile devices more than any other personal technology,” Philippe Spruch, executive vice president, Seagate branded, CEO and chairman of the board, LaCie. “The LaCie Fuel enriches mobile entertainment by providing consumers with ample storage and untethered accessibility. By name, form, and function, the LaCie Fuel lets users sustain their digital life.”
Access and share content
The LaCie Fuel lets users go off-the-grid and still have access to their files. With up to a 10-hour battery life*, the LaCie Fuel lets users enjoy their media all day without needing Internet or cables. The product creates its own Wi-Fi network, much like a router, so other devices can connect directly to it without the need for Internet access. In addition, the LaCie Fuel acts as a hotspot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. This feature lets the LaCie Fuel share Internet access with other connected devices.
With AirPlay compatibility, the LaCie Fuel lets users mirror content playing on a mobile device to a TV with a single tap. This allows users to view everything from vacation photos to home videos stored on the LaCie Fuel on the largest screen in the house. They can also take advantage of Airplay-enabled speakers to listen to their favorite playlist on the LaCie Fuel.
Sync and transer files
The LaCie Fuel appears as an external drive on a computer, so users can wirelessly upload or download files without draining battery power from their laptop. And with Dropbox integration, they can sync files between a computer and the LaCie Fuel automatically. This means that every time they add music, movies, or photos to the Dropbox folder on their Mac, the change is reflected on the LaCie Fuel – or vice versa. If users want to speed up the transfer process, the LaCie Fuel offers a universally compatible USB 3.0 port to transfer media libraries up to ten times faster.
App for easy media access
LaCie Fuel marks the first product collaboration between Seagate and LaCie. The wireless hard drive features streamlined file access, thanks to the free Seagate Media app – available for iOS®, Android®, and Amazon Kindle®. It automatically organizes files by type, making them easy to browse. Users can stream videos or music, open office documents, and enjoy full-screen navigation. The app makes browsing a media library a visual experience with support for photo and video thumbnails, plus cover art for music. For more information about the Seagate Media app, visit http://www.seagate.com/services-software/apps/seagate-media-app/.
Watch this video for a close-up look at the LaCie Fuel, and to see how it lets users go further and play longer.
Meet LaCie Fuel
The 1TB LaCie Fuel will be available soon through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers for $199.00 (MSRP). The Seagate Media app is available for iOS®, Android®, and Amazon Kindle®. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.
Here are some product pictures:
I’ve had a review unit since just before Christmas so stay tuned for a review article soon!