IFA 2008

Sony S-Series Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008

Sony S-Series Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008

Sony has announced a new S-series of Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008, initially consisting of the NWZ-S730F and NWZ-S630F.  7mm thick and with 2-inch, QVGA displays capable of playing 30fps video, the PMPs can be used in landscape or portrait orientation.

Samsung SyncMaster 2243Hz & 2233Hz: mildly confusing names

Samsung SyncMaster 2243Hz & 2233Hz: mildly confusing names

Samsung has announced a pair of LCD monitors with, it has to be said, moderately misleading names.  The SyncMaster 2243Hz and 2233Hz are both 22-inches and run at 1680 x 1050 resolution, but despite what the titles might suggest don't have any super-speedy refresh rates.  In fact typical response time is 5ms under normal use.

Epson EH-TW3000 super-quiet 1080p projector

Epson EH-TW3000 super-quiet 1080p projector

It's not just entry-level all-in-one systems; Epson have also announced a "proper" projector at IFA 2008, the EH-TW3000 with full 1080p high-definition resolution, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and 2000 lumens brightness.  The EH-TW3000 uses the company's latest D7 3LCD panels with a 10-bit Pixel Works video processor chip to improve smoothness and clarity during fast-moving scenes.

Epson EH-DM2 all-in-one Portable Projector, DVD & Audio

Epson EH-DM2 all-in-one Portable Projector, DVD & Audio

Epson have announced a new all-in-one projector, the EH-DM2, that couples a 1200 lumen projector with a DivX-capable DVD player and integrated 8W stereo speakers.  Intended to be highly portable, the EH-DM2 does not appear to be high-definition - Epson only say it supports an "HD compatible" resolution - rather it's targeted at the entry-level crowd who want a way to enjoy their movies and home media on a bigger screen.

Emtec Gdium netbook hands-on at IFA 2008

Emtec Gdium netbook hands-on at IFA 2008

Emtec brought their Gdium netbook along to play at IFA 2008, albeit in the form of a non-functional prototype.  As you can see in the picture (click here for full-size) they're persisting with their GKey USB dongle - the white block central under the touchpad - which contains both user data and the OS and system files.  Otherwise it's the usual array of ports and an unusual choice of processor: a 900Mhz 64-bit Loongson 2F made by by STMicroelectronics.

TomTom GO LIVE dynamic routing launched at IFA 2008

TomTom GO LIVE dynamic routing launched at IFA 2008

TomTom has announced a new dynamic navigation and route guidance service, GO x40 LIVE, together with three new GPS models to take advantage of it.  The GO 940 LIVE, GO 740 LIVE and GO 540 LIVE all have access to an updated version of TomTom's IQ Routes system, which uses historical travel time information for every road, specified for every day of the week at five minute intervals, to assess traffic and, if necessary, reroute.

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