Items tagged with HDMI

Is this week laptop week, or what? New notebooks usually roll out rather quickly, but we've seen Toshiba introduce an entire new family, MSI issue a new netbook, and now Acer coming out with a few new machines of their own. All within the past 72 hours, no less. The Acer Aspire AS8943G is the real show-stopper here, with some fairly slick new features and a wild, functional design intended to turn any room into the "ultimate personal theatre." Using an all-new design for the company, this Aspire is probably the best looking that we have ever seen. It's also one of the largest. Boasting an 18.4" CineCrystal display with edge-to-edge glass, this multi-media monster supports full 1080p playback,... Read more...
Well, this is interesting. On the same day that Apple saw their servers completely overloaded by people trying to pre-order the iPhone 4, the company also introduced a new computer. One that you can't order because of all those people crashing the iPhone servers. The Mac Mini has been around for years, and it has looked largely the same forever. Now, Apple has finally decided to push the Mini into the "unibody" category already occupied by the MacBook and MacBook Pro families. The new Mac Mini is slimmer, sleeker and much more beautiful. It's like a silver/aluminum Apple TV in a lot of ways. It's far less bulky and is more capable of being used as a TV-connected media center. The only two things... Read more...
One of the most promising technologies to emerge over the past five years has been wireless transfers of high-bandwidth devices. Wireless HD and wireless HDMI both hold a great deal of hope for the way HD video is distributed, and while Intel's Wireless Display technology touches on it somewhat, we haven't really seen any shipping products using it. Over on the home entertainment end, things are somewhat more lively. Cables To Go is a company that has been dabbling in this area since the early days, and they know a thing or two about getting your episode of Hulu from that notebook to the HDTV.The newest product hitting their shelves is the TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD Kit, which enables wireless... Read more...
At this year's CES show in Vegas there have been more than a couple of relatively exciting announcements and of course Intel was intent on joining the party.  Today we got to spend some quality time behind closed doors with the folks in Intel's Mobile group learning a bit about some of the new features that will be coming to their Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile platforms in the weeks ahead.  We heard some fairly inspiring things about the technology back in the November time frame at a cozy bistro in New York city but today we were able to see it in action and it was impressive to say the least. Intel's new WiDi (Wireless Display Interface) technology will start to be bundled with various... Read more...
At this year's CES show in Vegas there have been more than a couple of relatively exciting announcements and of course Intel was intent on joining the party.  Today we got to spend some quality time behind closed doors with the folks in Intel's Mobile group learning a bit about some of the new features that will be coming to their Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile platforms in the weeks ahead.  We heard some fairly inspiring things about the technology back in the November time frame at a cozy bistro in New York city but today we were able to see it in action and it was impressive to say the least. Intel's new WiDi (Wireless Display Interface) technology will start to be bundled with various... Read more...
You can add another product to this growing list of media devices that play content on your TV: the Asus O!Play HDP-R1 digital media player. The O!Play is a relatively small (1.9x7.1x4.9-inches), unassuming black box with rounded corners. It doesn’t have any onboard storage, but is designed to connect with media stored on attached drives or over a 100Mbps Ethernet connection. The left side of the unit has a USB 2.0 port, a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port, and a reset button. The back of the unit houses the device’s output ports, which include analog stereo audio, composite video, digital audio (optical S/PDIF), HDMI, and a 100Mbps Ethernet port--the HDMI port supports up to 1080p 60Hz. Click the link... Read more...
Perhaps one the more significant defining digital attributes of the first decade of the the 21st Century could be the size of the ginormous digital media collections so many of us have amassed--media collections made of up a disparate assortment of video, photos, and audio files from a wide variety of sources. The advent of digital cameras and digital camcorders has converted many people into virtual shutterbugs and documentarians--collecting events from our lives, ranging from the mundane to the life altering. No longer encumbered by the time and cost of having to send film off to be developed and processed, the only seeming limitation is having enough storage space to hold all... Read more...
MSI launched the new 22-inch 1080P Wind Top All-in-One PC, the AE2200 today. The AE2200 features a built-in TV tuner, touch screen, and HDMI connectivity. You'll find a 500GB hard drive and an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 processor on the inside of this machine. Additional features include the new MSI Wind Note touch-enabled picture editing and touch writing software as well as other software programs and wireless connectivity. The AE2200 starts at $799.99. MSI US Launches 22-inch Wind Top AE2200 All-in-One PC New AE2200 features 22-inch 1080P Full-HD Wide and Touch screen LCD, TV tuner and HDMI input all in a sub-$800 price point CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – September 15, 2009 – MSI, a worldwide... Read more...
Here's a survey result that should surprise no one who has fallen in love with a useless but fun USB gadget: the interface is the most popular and most used on both home and business computers.For cell phones, Bluetooth pretty much tops the list.Flash drives topped the list of devices connected to computers via USB, followed by printers and digital still cameras. The survey, conducted by In-Stat, did not delve deep enough, it appears, to determine how many people have the USB toaster or ashtray.For home and business use, 1394/FireWire, Bluetooth, DVI and HDMI rounded out the list of the most popular digital interfaces. But when it came to cell phones, Bluetooth was quite popular — more than half... Read more...
Remember the days when we weren't even sure if Sony's PlayStation 3 would rely on HDMI to output its high-definition content? Seems like an eternity ago, right? Today, HDMI is a home theater mainstay, and a practical guarantee on any piece of new A/V equipment. We're even seeing it pop up on lower-end notebooks these days, which certainly goes to show just how pervasive the format has become.This week, the HDMI Licensing group announced the next logical step in the protocol, with HDMI 1.4 being revealed. Obviously, this takes over where HDMI 1.3 (the existing specification) left off, and we definitely have mixed feeling on the whole thing. For starters, we're thrilled to see such advancements... Read more...
Only days after Sony introduced a trio of new entry-level Alpha DSLR camera, Pentax has delivered one of its own -- though, this one is definitely not low-end. Aimed to take on the likes of Nikon's D300 and Canon's 50D, the Pentax K-7 features a 14.6MP CMOS sensor and is the first Pentax DSLR to shoot HD video.The mid-range device is fully compatible with every Pentax lens ever made (ever!), and it boasts a new, compact chassis that's built to be banged up. There's also a 77-segment metering system, an HDMI port with selectable output resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p, and auto), a dedicated AF-assist lamp, dedicated Mirror Lock-up function, in-camera Lens Correction function and a High Dynamic Range... Read more...
Two sound cards in a week -- could it be true? Believe it or not, yes. Just days after Asus introduced its Audiophile Xonar DS 7.1 7.1, the company has unveiled its Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Sound Card. Described as the planet's first HDMI 1.3 audio card with true Blu-ray audio playback designed to fit HTPCs of all sizes, the card can actually bitstream true Blu-ray audio from one's PC -- something that BD enthusiasts have been clamoring for. The card features Protected Audio Playback Systems (PAPS) and full Advanced Access Content System (AACS) certification, both of which join to enable true Blu-ray audio output without downsampling. Utilizing ArcSoft's Total Media Theater, the Asus Xonar HDAV1.3... Read more...
We're not able to speak for everyone, obviously, but we certainly don't go out of our way to make sure our HDMI cables are visible to house guests. In fact, we go to rather extreme lengths to make sure the cabling in our home theater systems is concealed. Rather than trying to hide something as natural as an HDMI cable in a high definition entertainment system, accessory maker Donya is giving you a reason (and a way) to flaunt the connectors that generally look so unsightly. Due to Donya being a Japanese company with no English language website, much of the details are lost in translation. But really, there's not much to "get" here; it's an HDMI cable, and it lights up like a Christmas tree whenever... Read more...
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer, Grandtec, claims that it is now shipping "the world's first USB to HDMI converter"--the Grand HD Cinema. Grandtec claims that the Grand HD Cinema can use your Windows XP or Vista system's USB 2.0 ports to send 720p HD video to an HDMI-equipped display, such as widescreen HD LCD or plasma TV. The Grand HD Cinema is a 1.30x2.17x3.94-inch (HWD) adapter with a USB port on one end and an HDMI port on the other. It gets its power from the USB port, so it doesn't need an external power supply. You can connect up to six Grand HD Cinema adapters to a PC to send video to up to six different HDMI displays simultaneously. The device can also send audio through the adapter... Read more...
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