Acer's Aspire One 522 - which leaked back in December - has been made official, with the netbook packing AMD's latest C-50 1GHz Fusion processor and Radeon HD 6250 256MB graphics. Fronted by a 10.1-inch 1280 x 720 display, the AO522 promises 1080p HD video output from an HDMI port, along with real time image processing with auto color and contrast adjustment.
Logitech has added Mac support to its HD Pro C910 webcam, bringing full HD 1080p video recording and plug-and-play support for iChat, Photo Booth and FaceTime for Mac. Alternatively, Logitech's Vid HD app is also available for Macs, offering 720p HD video calls to other Vid HD users as well as those who have picked up the Google TV based Logitech Revue.
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.
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.
Unboxing video after the cut
JVC's 3D projector technology is among the best around, but until now the company hasn't offered a straightforward way to record high-definition 3D content for it. All that could change at CES 2011; JVC is promising a new HD camcorder in January next year, using the world's first LSI chip for high-speed image processing. The new JVC LSI chip is capable of recording Full HD, including both 2D and 3D images, and also 4K2K images that are roughly 4x Full HD resolution.
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.
Consider this my official holiday gift guide column. I'm not going to do a round-up of all my favorite gift ideas. I'm not going to recommend which phone you should buy, which laptop, which Lexus, or whatever. There are plenty of great gift guides to tell you all that (and I've even worked on some of those, myself). I'm not even going to recommend a specific product. I'm just going to tell you to buy a Blu-Ray player. I don't really know which one to buy, and I don't even have one myself. But it's become the number one item on my list, and it should be for you, too.