Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive (60GB) review: Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive (60GB)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.5
  • Setup and ease of use: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 5.0
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The Good The Iomega ScreenPlay drive is handy for toting around your collection of music, photos, and movies. It's fast to read and write, and the mounted buttons make using it a snap.

The Bad The multimedia interface is a pain to navigate, some older video formats aren't supported, and tech support can be expensive.

The Bottom Line Iomega's ScreenPlay is a handy multimedia playback drive, but we prefer the file management system of LaCie's Silverscreen drive.

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Sometimes you just don't want to drag a lot of stuff on the road, even if that means you're at the mercy of pricey hotel pay-per-view TV and your MP3 player for tunes. Well, how would you feel about a pocket-size hard drive that'll double as a hotel entertainment center? Iomega's svelte 60GB ScreenPlay serves up movies, MP3s, and photos to just about any display, including hotel TVs with RCA input. However, though overall performance is good, the interface is often sluggish, and browsing through large numbers of files is tedious at best. It also lacks the resolution, the format support, and the digital output of LaCie's Silverscreen.

We admire the physical design of the ScreenPlay. It's handsomely clad in silver and black, and the top-mounted buttons for controlling playback are logically placed and thoughtfully labeled. Score one over LaCie's Silverscreen, which has no controls on the drive. As far as installation goes, there's nothing to it: the ScreenPlay is a plug-and-play USB hard drive when attached to a PC and operates much like a DVD player when outputting to a TV or other display. The supplied superthin, membrane remote control sports a logical layout, as well, though the buttons are all the same size and shape, making it difficult to use without constantly glancing at it.

When the ScreenPlay is attached to a PC, you won't need the supplied AC adapter--the power running across the USB bus is enough to power it. However, when you're using it with a TV, you'll need the adapter unit as well as the proprietary breakout cable, with its stereo RCA audio, composite video, and S-Video feeds. Don't lose this puppy: it connects to the ScreenPlay with an odd combination mini phone-jack/edge connector that you'll probably never find at the local Radio Shack. Alas, the ScreenPlay lacks the digital output of its LaCie Silverscreen rival.

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Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive (60GB)

Part Number: 33359 Released: Nov 1, 2005

MSRP: $149.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 1, 2005
  • Video Playback Formats AVI
    XviD
    MPEG-4
    MPEG-2
    MPEG-1
  • Supported Audio Formats MP3
    AC-3
  • Device Type Digital AV player