Lenovo rolls out $199 Beacon home cloud center at CES

By on January 6, 2014, 6:15 PM

Lenovo has introduced its first personal cloud storage device at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. Dubbed Lenovo Beacon, it is essentially a wireless network attached storage (NAS) device allowing users to both upload and play media using their PC, tablet, or smartphone, via their home network or the internet.

Beacon is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory. It comes preloaded with open source home theater software XBMC and can accommodate up to 6 TB of storage via two 3 TB hard drive slots. It also features a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0 and onboard 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

The Linux-powered storage device can stream media to multiple devices at once and can be configured to automatically or manually backup files stored on your camera, smartphone, or tablet. The company has also developed an Android application that lets you use a handheld smart device (smartphone or tablet) as a remote control. According to PCWorld, Apple's iOS will not be supported at launch.

The Lenovo Beacon personal cloud storage device comes without any drives. It weights approximately 2.42 pounds, and measures 9.055 x 5.90 x 4.56 inches. The device will be launched in black, orange, blue and grey colored models starting at $199, and will be made available in April this year.

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