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CES 2010: LG Stuffs Blu-ray in NAS

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

Claiming a worlds-first product, LG has out a Blu-ray burner into a new NAS machine.

With 1080p content now the norm and Ultra HD (2160p) coming around the corner, storage is no longer an afterthought for the video junkies. NAS has become a popular soliution, and most higher-end NAS machines are basically low-end PCs, powered by Intel Atom chips or ULV setups.

The N4B2 from LG is one such device, but it takes the PC similarities even further with the addition of optical. On the CES show floor, LG is showing off the new N4B2 device with a built-in Blu-ray burner/rewriter. Now, if you need to get that HD vacation footage onto a Blu-ray disc to bring to the family reunion, you can bypass your PC and burn the video right from the NAS.

Powered by an Atom N280, the N4B2 comes with four HDD bays, allowing for 8 TB of network attached storage. The N4B2 also comes with eSATA, allowing for storage to be expanded, as well as memory card reader. LG also stream lines remote access through the LGNAS portal online. Regardless of OS loyalty (Windows, Mac, Linux), the N4B2 will be available later this year (pricing not yet available).

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    jn77 , January 9, 2010 10:39 PM
    Nice, just what I need for all the videos from my HG Camcorder... thing is I might be able to build a cheap pc in a half tower case with a blu ray burner and more hard drive space and a gigabit network card cheaper
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    amabhy , January 10, 2010 1:54 AM
    "LG has out a Blu-ray burner"

    Proofread much?
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    ashrafpasha , January 10, 2010 3:50 AM
    a benchmark would be better..
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    mman74 , January 10, 2010 7:41 AM
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    mman74 , January 10, 2010 7:44 AM
    All I want is a cheap all-region Blu-ray player that can play every format under the sun, and has support for DLNA/uPnP so I can stream from my existing NAS server. Oh yes, and built-in WiFi N standard as well.
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    JohnnyLucky , January 10, 2010 11:47 AM
    Hmmm.... for some reason I keep thinking it appears to be a low powered, off the shelf computer.
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    fafner , January 11, 2010 5:19 AM
    LOL. what a dumb idea. An NAS like this is most likely headless and managed remotely anyway. Why put a burner in a machine that no one will ever sit in front of?
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    JamesSneed , January 11, 2010 12:42 PM
    Seems rather odd. I supose if they put a burner in there that could burn 16 layer disks at 400GB a pop it could be used for external backups. If they did they probably would have mentioned that in the specs so we are left with a rather odd solution. It cant be reasonbly used to backup the NAS which could be nice for a really smal business. Most NAS are probably in a closet/computer room somewhere so its not usefull for any other purpose. Yeah I dont get it either.
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2010 7:21 PM
    For us mac users it could be nice, especially if you have a mini, or an imac without blu-ray.
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    Anonymous , June 4, 2010 1:46 AM
    The difference with the older version is the main board:
    Duo-core processor @ 1.6GHz and new RAID chipset instead of the older 500MHz standard RAID processor found on most NAS.
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    vinther , January 26, 2011 11:54 PM
    N4B2 = NO DLNA!!! Big mistake from LG!!!
    Just updated the Firmware = Still no DLNA!!! BAD LG!!! :-(((