Video capable iPods have made portable media all the more accessible. Attempt to watch anything more than a short clip on one, though, and you'll be wishing for glasses or, preferably, a larger screen. That's where the iLuv i1155 Portable Multimedia Player comes in, offering not only a big display for iPod video playback but a DVD for all the legacy discs that copyright laws won't let you rip. It even manages to look attractive; is the experience as good as the promise, though?
MSI have announced an in-car entertainment system, the Funtoro FunStar ST100, which they're claiming is the pioneer for all-in-one systems. Comprising a core processing and distribution unit, together with a 2-DIN DVD player and front display, the BD765, the system can support up to three separate zones each with touchscreen control.
When ASUS brought their Eee PC 1004DN along to CES 2009 back in January, they were careful to point out that the optical drive-toting netbook was only going to launch in Europe and China. Unfortunately they obviously weren't as clear with their own staff as they were with the press, as the 1004DN has been spotted clearing the FCC.
OWC have announced their latest Mercury Pro Blu-ray/SuperDrive "Quad Interface" External Drive, offering Blu-ray and DVD burning for any PC or Mac with FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 or eSATA connectivity. The new Mercury Pro also doubles the burn speed of the previous-generation version.
Ultraportables with integrated optical drives are rare beasts - the netbook world only has one, for instance - and they usually carry a pretty high price premium. That was certainly the case when the VYE S41A first arrived, complete with its convertible 7-inch touchscreen, DVD burner and 800MHz Intel A110 processor: you were looking at around $1,500 when it first launched. Now, Expansys UK have it listed for just £449.99 ($661).
MSI have officially announced their all-in-one nettop. The MSI Wind NetOn AP1900, which was first spotted back in November, has an 18.5-inch WSXGA 16:9 display, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and both a 160GB SATA hard-drive and DVD burner. According to MSI, at full operating load the 35mm wide NetOn AP1900 requires just 35W, saving around 86-percent on a traditional PC.