Lenovo Beacon Cloud Centre: April @ $199
Perfect for families or those who want to access their media library on the go, the Beacon personal cloud storage device lets users store and play their media from anywhere using their smartphone, PC, tablet or TV1. Easier to use than NAS-storage type devices, Beacon lets users upload files either wirelessly or via an onboard USB connection with just the press of one button. Users can seamlessly access files around the home or on-the-go, and Beacon’s secure access rights make it a great device to share with multiple users.
Beacon makes it simple for users to capture and relive memories from personal media: With the camera auto upload feature, shutterbugs can automatically upload a photo from their smartphone’s camera via WiFi or 3G4 to store a copy of it on Beacon. Using Lenovo’s custom app, users can even use their Android smartphone as a remote control to play their multimedia stored on Beacon to a TV connected by HDMI.
Beacon offers a more personal solution versus “in the air” cloud storage services. Files reside inside Beacon, and the device stays fixed in a physical location in the home. It offers large storage capacity easily expandable up to 6TB, and there are no monthly fees for data storage. Outside file transfer to one’s mobile device occurs seamlessly from Beacon. Beacon runs an Intel® Atom™ dual core processor, supports file transfer through 3G4, WiFi and Ethernet and comes in white or black.
Backup family data with Beacon data management. The Lenovo Beacon personal cloud storage device will be available beginning in April with models starting at $199 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com
•Pre-loaded with XBMC entertainment hub for music, movies, TV, pictures and more
•Up to Intel Atom dual core processor
•Up to 1GB DDR3 memory
•Up to 6TB HDD storage support
•Integrated Bluethooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity
•USB 3.0 and HDMI-out
•2 HDD Bays (3.5” or 2.5”)