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October 13, 2009

GlideTV Navigator remote control for HTPC

navigator.jpgGlideTV today announced the Navigator, a palm-sized, bowl-shaped peripheral designed to act as a remote control for your HTPC. The device, which connects to your PC or Mac via a wireless USB receiver, enables control of PC-based media from the HDTV. It is compatible with Windows Media Center, Playstation 3, Apple iTunes, Boxee, SageTV, and has integrated search menu links to Amazon On Demand, Netflix, Hulu and other web-based media sites. The GlideTV Navigator is now shipping in the United States and Europe for US$149.

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August 28, 2009

Okoro OMS-BX300 HTPC doesn't skimp on the specs

okoro-oms-bx300.jpgIf you have a few thousand dollars to burn and are looking for a high-end HTPC, then definitely take a look at the Okoro OMS-BX300 Blu-ray Digital Entertainment System. The dedicated HTPC has specs to die for: Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz processor, 6 GB DDR3 memory, 512 MB ATI Radeon HD graphics card, RAID Level 1 2 TB hot-swappable hard drives, a 64 GB solid state drive to speed up boot times, multiple HD tuner card options including CableCard support, a pair of recordable Blu-ray drives, Radeon HD 4850's 7.1 LPCM audio support to output surround sound over HDMI, and optional preinstallation of SageTV Media Center 6.5 for Windows Media Center haters.

The OMS-BX300 also has a variety of add-ons, though they'll cost a little extra. The $300 ATI TV Wonder Digital CableCard Tuner, $250 for 6 TB or $550 for 8 TB of additional storage, and an $800 touchpad remote can all be added on to the $3095 base price of the OMS-BX300. However, if you're looking for a dedicated HTPC to attach to your HDTV, this Okoro appears to be worth considering.

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August 17, 2009

BenQ goes green with V Series Eco LED monitor family

benQv2200.jpgBenQ last week announced the launch of two new LED-backlit desktop monitors: the 24-inch 1080p V2400 Eco and the 21.5-inch 1080p V2200 Eco, both widescreen displays.

BenQ claims that both Eco monitors, in addition to being environmentally friendly, leak no light enabling each to sport 5 million to 1 dynamic contrast. Also, both monitors augment the LED-backlighting and high contrast with Senseye 3 Human Vision Technology, proprietary to BenQ.

The monitors will ship first mid-month in China, before shipping globally. Check out the full release after the jump.

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July 13, 2009

LaCie LaCinema Rugged multimedia drive: Never watch a TV repeat again

LaCinema.jpgThere's plenty of good made-for-the-web video content available today. It's fair to say the web video industry has come a long ways in the past few years. If you're not part of the 20% of web video viewers who watch less traditional TV thanks to new media, at the very least it's great during the primetime offseason and its neverending repeats. But what's the best way to stream the content from the web to your HDTV?

LaCie's new LaCinema Rugged multimedia drive provides an easy solution without the need for any elaborate HTPC setup or monetary outflow. The $350 hardware hooks up to your PC or Mac via USB 2.0 and then accepts downloading video, audio and pictures. Most popular video codecs are accepted included H.264, MKV, WMV9 and MPEG4.

The 500 GB drive can hold up to 700 movies, according to LaCie, and it has a similar form factor to the company's Rugged Hard Disk--an anti-scratch aluminum outer shell, a shock-resistant bumper, and internal anti-shock absorbers.

At LaCie LaCinema Rugged

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July 6, 2009

Samsung XL2370 LED monitor sports 5 million:1 contrast ratio, "finger-slim" design

xl2370.jpgGeez, even Samsung's computer monitors are beginning to rival second-tier manufacturers' full blown HDTVs. The just-announced XL2370, which seems like it should be 23-inches in size, is claimed to have a 5 million: 1 contrast ratio, 2 millisecond response time and 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Furthermore, it has a "finger-slim" design (to what number that equates isn't mentioned in the press release), "Starlight Touch Controls", and the Touch of Color bezel which reflects less light and is also easier to recycle given its lack of harmful constituents. As for price, I'm not entirely sure about that either, though the XL2370 is due to ship in Korea this month, and Europe and other countries in August.

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July 1, 2009

Azentech announced X-FI HomeTheater sound card with HD audio support

x-fi-ht-hd.jpgAzentech has just unveiled a new solution for Blu-ray HTPC lovers who aren't exactly awash in solutions for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio playback. The X-FI HomeTheater HD sound card, shipping later in July, isn't a complete solution; you'll still have to buy a separate video card. But assuming the price, which hasn't been announced yet, is reasonable, it'll be nice to get some true high-def audio to accompany that true high-def video.

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June 8, 2009

NEC bows 24-inch LCD2490WUXi2 and LCD2490W2 color-accurate LCDs

neclcd2490w2.jpgGranted, a pair of 24-inch NEC LCDs just isn't quite as cool as a 43-inch curved desktop display, but either would make a half decent computer monitor. The LCD2490WUXi2 and LCD2490W2 are the latest color-accurate monitors to be spun off of NEC's production lines. Each IPS panel covers about 96.7 percent of the sRGB color space, producing better images than either TVA or PN displays, and enabling them to be used for professional-level video editing. Other common features between the two include 12-bit color lookup tables, ambient light sensors, automatic brightness controls, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and both DVI and VGA inputs. The only difference between the two is that the LCD2490W2 includes a SpectraView color calibrator enabling enhanced imagery. Both panels sit on swivel stands and will ship later the month; the LCD2490WUXi2 for $1099 and the LCD2490W2 for $1299.

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January 2, 2009

Ace Computers Launching A $999 CableCard-Equipped HTPC At CES 2009

ace-logo.jpgIf you're looking for a reasonably priced HTPC you may be in luck come CES. Ace Computers will be using the tradeshow to debut its $999 CableCard-equipped HTPC which will be able to view and record unencrypted cable channels. Model name LMS 250, the HTPC will come with a couple of processor options--AMD's Phenom X3 triple-core CPU or Intel's Core 2 Duo E7300. The Phenom option is based on the Maui entertainment platform while Intel's is based on its Viiv technology.

The LMS 250 will also feature 2 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, DVD burner, and an internal ATI Digital Cable Tuner which houses the cable provider's CableCard. And this HTPC comes with ALOT of USB ports. The Intel version sports 8 USB ports while the AMD version has a whopping 12!

Both models ship with Windows Vista Premium and Windows Media Center and for an extra $100 you can add a Blu-ray drive. That model will run a little more than $999 however. It'll be priced at $1249.

Via ZDNet

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October 14, 2008

Apple's 24-Inch LED-Backlit, Energy-Efficient Cinema Display Perfect For MacBook-Totin' Web TV Lovers

cinema.jpgOh man, web TV here we come! Just minutes ago Apple unveiled a new 24-inch LED-backlit Cinema Display designed for the company's MacBook family. The widescreen display is enclosed in aluminum and glass, has a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, MagSafe charger, three USB 2.0 and a Mini DisplayPort slot.

The display has 1920 x 1200 pixels and is pretty darn green. The LED's are mercury-free, the glass enclosure is arsenic-free and most of the materials are recyclable. Plus the Cinema Display meets Energy Star 4.0 specs, reaches EPEAT Gold Status and even the foam packaging has been reduced by 44%!

Hitting stores in November, the 24-inch display will set you back $899.

via press release (Photo Credit: Apple)

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August 21, 2008

Mac TV: A Dedicated Mac Computer Digital TV Tuner

GV_MACTV_1.jpgDefinitely cool, but only available in Japan. That's the story of the Mac TV, a digital TV tuner from IO-DATA with a B-CAS slot card, controlled using your Apple remote. Looks like Japan's corporate productivity level just went down a notch.

Via Akihabara News

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May 11, 2008

Tips For Buying A Computer Blu-ray Drive (BD-ROM)

pioneer.jpgWhen it comes to standalone Blu-ray players, we recommend buying a Playstation 3 at the moment. Until prices come down, you mine as well take full advantage of the multimedia superpowers of the PS3 for the same price that'll buy you standalone Blu-ray playback. But what about for you HTPC types that would rather watch a movie on your monitor than your HDTV? Now that Blu-ray has won the format war, Blu-ray drives are starting to hit the market.

Pure playback devices are cheap, starting at about $130. But there are a few things you need to be aware of. First off, Blu-ray isn't the best way to back up your computer data. Blank discs are just plain expensive; you're better off springing for an external hard drive at the moment. If you have anything buy the newest computer technology on the market, there is a chance a Blu-ray drive will be incompatible with your graphics card and your monitor may not have proper inputs. And if you do have a newer computer, make sure your monitor is at least 24-inches, or Blu-ray's excellent picture won't display too well on your screen.

In the end, HTPC fan or not, the best Blu-ray solution right now is still the PS3.

Via Earth Times

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May 7, 2008

ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre First PC Software With DTS-HD Audio

TMT_H_Bst.jpgArcSoft has achieved an industry milestone, as its TotalMedia Theatre has received DTS-HD audio certification from DTS. This marks the first time multimedia software features DTS-HD which can decode lossless DTS-HD Master Audio recreating the studio master sound track "bit for bit". It also means users of the ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre have control of a Bass Management System, allowing bass signals to be directed to the most appropriate speakers and subwoofers in the theater system. Other supported features include "speaker remapping" for playback on a variety of speaker configurations, and "DTS digital surround transcoding" which basically upscales sound quality found on traditional DVD's to 5.1 surround sound. The ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre plays back MPEG-2, AVC, and VC1 Blu-ray disc formats, as well as a variety of other HD formats including WMV HD, QuickTime HD, DivX HD, and H.264 HD. Looks for it to hit shelves in the coming weeks.

Via ArcSoft

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April 11, 2008

Shuttle XPC G5 6801M HTPC With Blu-ray/HD DVD Combo Drive Hits Europe

XPC_G5_6801M_1.jpgThe Shuttle XPC G5 6801M HTPC looks to be a great solution for European's sucked into the now legendary HD DVD marketing ploy. Boasting an LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray/HD DVD Combo optical drive, the Shuttle will playback the boatload of HD DVD's you mistakenly bought before the HD disc format went deadpool. Also featuring an AMD Athlon X2 6000+ processor and 500GB of hard disk space, Shuttle says its new HTPC is "ideal for fluid playback" of HD content. The Shuttle XPC G5 6801M HTPC uses the Windows Vista Home Premium OS and has both DVB-T and analog tuners, as well as wireless LAN and 8 channel audio. Check out the press release after the jump...

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March 26, 2008

LCD-DTV221 XBR PC Monitor Features DTV Tuner, HDMI

LCD_DTV221_XBR_002.jpgThe 22-inch LCD-DTV221 XBR PC monitor, from Japan's I-O Data, is the latest addition to a growing trend of PC displays with integrated digital TV tuners. With a digital TV tuner, 1680x1080 pixel WSXGA+ resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 300cd/m2 brightness level, the DTV 221 is the equivalent of many popular second-tier HDTV brands on the market currently. Other features include picture-in-picture, D5 compression, DVI HDPC, and even an HDMI port. Sound is pumped through two 2.5W integrated speakers, rounding up your home theater PC experience.

Via Akihabara News

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