ASUS has pushed out a new version in its O!Play media streamer range, slimming down the STB and simplifying the onboard connections. The ASUS O!Play MINI drops the USB 3.0 connection found on the O!Play HD2, making do with a single USB 2.0 port and a multi-format memory card reader; you still get HDMI connectivity, among other ports, and a healthy clutch of supported media standards.
Following in the footsteps of the Acer Aspire One 721 that made its rounds on the Internet (mostly in the Czech Republic), featuring new hardware under the hood, the new Acer Aspire One 522 recently found its way onto the Web, and is ready to show off its new AMD Ontario chip, from the Fusion family. The new notebook from Acer boasts the AMD dual-core C-50 Ontario chip, but shares many of the same aesthetics from the previously released Acer Aspire One AOD255.
With cellphone cameras improving all the time, point-and-shoots have to aim high if they want to stand out of the crowd. Iain Sinclair's Poco Pro certainly makes plenty of promises; tipped to launch in Q2 2011 for a bargain £200 ($308) or thereabouts, there's a 14.6-megapixel sensor, 1080p HD video capture, a 2.4-inch AMOLED preview display and a microUSB 3.0 port for data and option HDMI output, all in a credit-card sized black-anodized magnesium chassis.
It's been a long time since we first caught sight of HTC's Media Link, squeezed into an HTC Sense presentation back at the launch of the Desire HD and Desire Z. The two phones have launched and gone on sale, but it's taken longer for the compact DLNA wireless streaming box to arrive. Patience has served us well, though, and now the Media Link is fresh on the SlashGear test bench.
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One of the first Tegra 2 powered smartphones has been made official, the LG Optimus 2X, with the 4-inch Android handset set to hit the Korean market in January 2011 and Europe and Asia after that. Built around NVIDIA's dual-core 1GHz processor, a WVGA touchscreen and an 8-megapixel camera, the Optimus 2X promises 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording.
If you have a notebook or other computer that lacks an HDMI output and you are really hankering to get the content from the computer onto the big screen in your living room, Sewell has the perfect adapter for you. The adapter is called the HDdeck USB to HDMI adapter and it is part number SW-31000.
AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung and LG Display have announced plans to discontinue VGA connectivity on their products, with the ageing legacy connector expected to disappear from their ranges by 2015. Instead, they'll turn to HDMI and DisplayPort, which they argue will allow for lower power consumption - meaning longer battery life on portable devices - together with better image quality.
Amidst the other hot topic that seems to be taking over the Internet right now, BenQ has released a brand new camcorder that, for those who love some pico projectors, may be an interesting addition to their holiday wish list. Packing in the features, inside a bright orange shell, the new DV S11 camcorder is only lacking one thing: a release date for the United States.