Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

Next-Gen Gaming Consoles the Home Entertainment Gateway

People interested in technology and home entertainment like to get their hands on the latest, greatest products. Before, it was all about having the top of the line DVD player, receiver and speaker system. And though those things still hold serious importance, there’s one product type that seems destined to swoop in on the home entertainment market. I’m talking about next-gen gaming consoles, the XBox 360 and PS3, in particular.

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Maxx Digital DVD player mimics the PSP

I like many others love my PSP and it turns out that Maxx Digital has a similar fondness for the portable gaming device. Actually, they would just like to borrow a few of the design qualities.

iLuv i1255 iPod & DVD budget 5.1 home entertainment system

Rocking the budget-Bose look, iLuv's latest surround sound home theatre setup, the i1255, gives you the choice between DVD and iPod audio and video playback.  Your $149.99 obviously doesn't get you a high-def powerhouse - outputs, for instance, are S-Video or standard AV - but there's flexibility a-plenty if you're not bothered with the 1080p revolution. 

MacBook Air USB SuperDrive hacked for any computer

Apple's MacBook Air is undoubtedly a thing of beauty, and its slender little companion DVD burner is not far behind.  Unfortunately, until now only Air owners could enjoy it; despite the best efforts of many, only when plugged into the skinny Apple notebook would the SuperDrive play ball.  Initial suspicions were that the Air's solitary USB port was supercharged power-wise; turns out, it's actually down to some custom firmware in the IDE to USB bridge.  tnkgrl set out testing the drive and finally hacking it with a replacement bridge; she now has a slick external burner that will work with any computer.

Video demonstrating the hacked SuperDrive after the cut

Ahtec Tiny TN120 budget Tablet PC on sale in Europe

Ahtec have begun selling their Tiny TN120 Tablet PC in Europe, a 12.1-inch convertible powered by a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor.  ToDo UMPC have been giving the notebook a good going-over, and put together a video demo which you can see after the cut.  As tested, the TN120 had 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, a 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and onboard DVD-RW drive.

Samsung SE-T084M external DVD burner: needs no HDD buffering

Samsung has announced the latest in its TruDirect external DVD writer range, the SE-T084M.  Featuring 8X DVD+R and DVD-R writing, 6X DVD+R and -R Dual Layer writing, and 5X DVD-RAM writing, the drive can be used without needing to store files temporarily on a computer's hard-drive.

ASUS Mini PC Nova Lite PX24 super-compact media center

It's not all Eee at Computex; ASUS have also unveiled a desktop PC bearing their own branding, the Mini PC Nova Lite PX24.  The company is calling it "the world's smallest high-definition PC", by virtue of its compact dimensions - 242 x 184 x 51mm - and separate ATI RV620 graphics card.  That's capable of outputting 1080i/1080p through the Nova Lite's HDMI and DVI ports.  Processing grunt is courtesy of an Intel Celeron 220 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.

Panasonic Strada F-Class satnav with remote home automation

Panasonic's latest Strada F-Class car navigation systems are yet another reason to lament not living in Japan.  The CN-HX1000D and CN-HW1000D borrow the VIERA label from the company's premium LCD TVs, though scaled down to just 7-inches, and throw in a DVD player, GPS, hard-drive, iPod link, Bluetooth and a 1-Seg digital TV tuner.  Most impressive, though, is Panasonic's "From Home to Car" system: that uses a Bluetooth cellphone to link up with a networked home.

Hitachi DZ-WR90 standalone Blu-ray burner for hard-drive camcorders

Hitachi have announced a new Blu-ray burner that can create discs directly from the latest camcorders sporting eSATA ports.  Bypassing the need for a computer, the DZ-WR90 plugs straight into the camcorder - and presumably you'd be using one of Hitachi's hard-drive based high-definition models, to make the most of Blu-ray's capacity - and automatically creates discs from the footage you select.  It even finalises the discs automatically, making it a complete one-stop solution for anyone wanting a straightforward way to share their video. 

Funai’s NB500 low cost Blu-ray player hits Walmart

Funai’s NB500 low cost Blu-ray player hits Walmart

The Magnavox and Sylvania branded Funai NB500 Blu-ray player were spotted at Walmart. The NB500 is Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player and it is price quite low at $298. It sports HDMI version 1.3, HD audio codec’s, and DVD upscaling. These units are obviously low end BD players and somehow outdated, but again the price point might lure some potential buyers.

[via engadgetHD]

Multimedia & retro-gaming car visor

If the most exciting thing about your car's sun visor is the little light-up mirror, prepare to weep with envy. This monstrous replacement packs a 7-inch widescreen LCD, a DVD player and a games emulator complete with software and two controllers. A built-in FM transmitter means you can play audio back through your car stereo wire-free.

Pioneer BDP-05FD & 51FD Blu-ray players announced

Pioneer have revealed their latest two Blu-ray players, the Elite BDP-05FD and BDP-51FD.  Both supporting BonusView extra disc content and 1080p True 24fps output, they have HDMI 1.3a ports, four Wolfson Professional Audio 12-bit digital-to-analog converters and the proprietary PureCinema Deinterlacer for upscaling standard definition DVDs.  The Elite BDP-05FD also has gold-plated connections and capacitative controls.