Packard Bell has recently announced a new USB 2.0 hard drive. The Packard Bell Studio ST is a distinctive-looking device designed to store multimedia files rather than mere spreadsheets.
Its glossy exterior suggests its suitability for use in a living room where it can be directly hooked up to a screen and play back video content stored on it. The Studio ST supports Full HD 1080p video and has a component video output so it can be connected to any similarly-equipped device. There's an HDMI port too and the necessary cable comes in the box.
The drive, which comes in versions from 500GB up to 2TB, can display photos and videos saved in a broad variety of formats as well as playing almost any type of audio file.
Packard Bell provides the Studio ST with its own graphical interface, using which menu items can be easily identified and selected. A remote control is also provided. Packard Bell's Software Suite backup tool comes preloaded on the device. This should make backup and synchronisation easy.
The Studio ST is a 'self-powered' device that doesn't need to be plugged in to the mains. It has a Power Save mode that reduces the amount of power the drive draws when it's not actively playing or transferring files. Packard Bell says this mode cuts the power consumption by as much as 60 percent.
Pricing and a precise launch date for the Packard Bell Studio ST have yet to be announced.