LaCie has announced the launch of the LaCinema Black Max as designed by Richard Sapper. No, we're joking, it's a Neil Poulton effort a la countless other high end LaCie launches of the last year or so.

Described as the company's most versatile multimedia drive, in addition to audio, photo, and video management features, the Black MAX offers digital video recording and home networking technology.

The wirelessly connected Black MAX can stream media to an HD television from a media server, a computer or NAS drive while the USB ports mean devices can be connected directly.

As well as the ability to decode 1080p movies, the device offers 1080i upscaling of standard definition movies and offers time shifting, allowing users to pause, rewind, or record programs claiming an easy-to-use interface to do so.

Complete with blue glowing light effect, the LaCinema Black MAX is available in 500GB, priced at £359.