LG have unveiled what looks to be the world’s first Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with a built-in Blu-ray drive. Looking to have borrowed a few design cues from Apple, the N4B1 has up to 4TB of storage (presumably spread across some sort of RAID array) and a Blu-ray burner for making copies of data to be stored off-site.
Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, suitable for adding external storage, and one eSATA port. It measures 190 x 289 x 280mm. Unfortunately, while the press release states that the NAS reduces the need for each user to have their own Blu-ray drive, it doesn’t make clear whether this is merely in terms of backup or if Blu-ray movies can be played via the N4B1.
The NAS will automatically burn old data to a Blu-ray disc, saving space on the hard-drives for more recent information. Alternatively, it can be set to periodically back up newly added data. LG have not announced pricing or availability for the N4B1.