Freecom has unveiled the Media Player II - an external hard drive that can be connected to your home entertainment system, allowing you to enjoy music, movies and images without being tied to your PC.

The drive comes in 500GB and 1TB capacities and connects to a PC or home network via a USB 2.0 connection. Files can be drag and dropped on to the drive for playback and viewing on a TV screen or Hi-Fi. Composite and component connections are included, along with an HDMI output.

The sleek aluminium drive is just 46mm tall, so sits discreetly out of sight and comes with a remote control.

The  Freecom Media Player II supports Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, MPG, AVI, DAT, VOB, IFO, TS, MKV, DivX, Xvid, video files as well as MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and WAV audio files alongside JPEG. A diskless, streaming only version is also available.

"We live in such a portable age that everyone expects to be able to view their data on the move. The MediaPlayer II is perfect for those who want entertainment any place, any time, and all at the touch of a button," said Freecom co-founder Axel Lucassen.

"Users are no longer restricted to watching movies on miniature PC monitors, and listening to MP3 files on small PC speaker systems is now a thing of the past, as are time-consuming sessions creating and burning CDs or DVDs. By simply dragging and dropping files from a PC to the MediaPlayer II, your data becomes instantly portable - connect to a TV or Hi-fi and you're ready to go."

Available immediately, the Freecom Media Player II is priced at £174.99 for the 500GB version and £219.99 for the 1TB version.