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LaCie Rikiki TV 500GB review

Tom Morgan
28 Aug 2012
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

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Specifications

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***

Storage

Hard diskST9500325AS
Capacity500GB
Formatted capacity465
Price per gigabyte£0.11
Disk size2.5in
InterfaceUSB2
Power connectorUSB from host
Spindle speed5,400rpm
Cache8MB
Seek time14.0ms
Weight158g
Size75x13x110mm
Power consumption idleN/A
Power consumption activeN/A

Buying Information

Backup software includednone
Price£53
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.dabs.com
Detailswww.lacie.com

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