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LaCie Rikiki TV 500GB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £53
inc VAT

A clever idea for Smart TV owners, but for PC users similarly priced USB3 models are faster


500GB hard disk, USB2, 75x13x110mm

Modern TVs are getting smarter all the time, with extra features that require and external hard disk before you can get the most from them. Pausing and recording live TV is the main example – without a flash drive or external hard disk, you won’t be able to use these features at all. LaCie’s Rikiki TV has been designed specifically for this feature, as it comes with a mounting bracket that lets it hang off the wall-mount points on the back of the set.

LaCie Rikiki TV 500GB

Understandably, performance wasn’t particularly impressive in our storage tests as the Rikiki TV only supports the slower USB standard. For large files, 30.3MB/s writes and 32.2MB/s reads in our tests are fairly standard for USB, as were 13.5MB/s small file writes and 18.3MB/s reads.

However, as its main purpose is to sit behind a TV, this is less of a concern – none of the TVs we’ve reviewed use USB3, so you won’t benefit from connecting a USB3 disk. This does mean you don’t get any backup software included with the disk, so if you wanted to use it with a PC you would need to find your own backup utility online.

LaCie Rikiki TV 500GB

The fancy bracket may win the Rikiki TV some fans, but if you’ve wall-mounted your TV, you won’t be able to use it. It’s low price still make it attractive, but if you want a disk for use with more than just your TV, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 500GB is the better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Hard disk ST9500325AS
Capacity 500GB
Formatted capacity 465
Price per gigabyte £0.11
Disk size 2.5in
Interface USB2
Power connector USB from host
Spindle speed 5,400rpm
Cache 8MB
Seek time 14.0ms
Weight 158g
Size 75x13x110mm
Power consumption idle N/A
Power consumption active N/A

Buying Information

Backup software included none
Price £53
Warranty two years RTB

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