Media Center PC

Mitsubishi, NVIDIA & Aspen to produce 3D home cinema package

Mitsubishi, NVIDIA & Aspen to produce 3D home cinema package

There've been a few 3D TVs and displays in the press recently, some requiring special glasses and some not, and today Mitsubishi, NVIDIA and Aspen Media Products have announced their collaboration on a home theatre system offering straightforward access to both 3D hardware and content.  Based on the Aspen Media Server, basically an HTPC with huge storage capacity and 1080p high-def graphics, the new range will use NVIDIA's GeForce FX Go graphics (and specifically their 3D stereoscopic capabilities) together with Mitsubishi's 3D-ready Home Theater HDTVs.

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Cannon PC demo six CableCARD recording on Media Center PC

Cannon PC demo six CableCARD recording on Media Center PC

Bad news if you're the sort of person who starts feeling guilty at having recorded dozens of shows but not actually watched any of them: Cannon PC have just released a demo video of their latest Windows Media Center mod, simultaneously recording six high-definition programs via six separate CableCARDs.  If you're not familiar with Media Center, you might not see why that's special; not only does the OS only natively support two CableCARDs, but usually gobbling up all that HD footage would quickly gobble up all your CPU cycles.

Check out the demo video after the cut

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HP MediaSmart Connect wireless HD media streamer up for pre-order

HP MediaSmart Connect wireless HD media streamer up for pre-order

First spotted back in January at CES, HP networked media player - then known as the MediaSmart Receiver - is finally available for pre-order. Now called the MediaSmart Connect, it still has WiFi a/b/g and dual-band draft 802.11n, two USB ports for plugging in removeable storage and a bay for HP's Pocket Media Drives. Output is via HDMI or component video with optical audio, and a convenient front-mounted button toggles between 1080i and 720p.

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HP TouchSmart PC gets slick upgrade

HP TouchSmart PC gets slick upgrade

HP have announced their latest touchscreen desktop computer, the TouchSmart PC, with a 22-inch widescreen display, DVD burner and optional TV tuner.  Specs include Intel's Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, wireless networking and memory card slots, together with a webcam and microphone.  Probably of more interest, though, is the touchscreen itself, which lets uses browse media, go online, edit photos and more, all with a single finger.

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ASUS Mini PC Nova Lite PX24 super-compact media center

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.

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AMEX Digital RM-mp1 Wireless USB touchpad media remote

AMEX Digital RM-mp1 Wireless USB touchpad media remote

AMEX Digital have taken a break from making DVD and Blu-ray decks to unveil their new RM-mp1 remote control.  Using Wireless USB rather than IR or a proprietary RF link, the RM-mp1 works as a media remote, a presentation controller and for general PC control courtesy of the built-in touchpad and mouse buttons.  It's also fitted with a USB pointer for momentarily dazzling anybody who tries to throw eggs at you during presentations.

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Gigabyte M700 IPTV UMPC with digital tuner base-station

Gigabyte M700 IPTV UMPC with digital tuner base-station

With the array of Eee-style budget notebooks clamouring to play the role of your companion PC, Microsoft's UMPC format is being forced to think outside of its traditional box to score sales. Gigabyte have stepped up with the M700; while it may look like a typical 7-inch touchscreen slate, in actual fact it's running VIA's 1.2Ghz processor with the new VX800 chipset (with Chrome 9 graphics and video decoding hardware) and is part of the company's latest IPTV push. The M700 is in actual fact a mobile media center, complete with a dock that packs a digital TV tuner and IPTV streamer.

Check out the video overview of the Gigabyte M700 after the cut

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MSI Titan 700 low-cost Mini-ITX PC

MSI Titan 700 low-cost Mini-ITX PC

MSI have taken a brief hiatus from pushing their Wind rival to the ASUS Eee, and launched the Titan 700 small form-factor PC.  Measuring just 185 × 240 × 70mm, the compact computer uses a Mini-ITX board complete with a 2GHz VIA C7 processor, integrated VIA CN700 graphics and 1GB of RAM.  It seems particularly well suited to being a living room media PC, especially considering the low noise levels: 35dBA under load and 20dBA at standby.

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Sony 1.5TB Home Media Server

Sony 1.5TB Home Media Server

Sony's latest cookie-tin media PCs, the VGF-HS1 and HS1S "Liblog Station", will launch in Japan on May 17th.  The compact system is intended as a home server, with gigabit ethernet, support for the DLNA media sharing standard and a choice of either 1TB (the HS1) or 1.5TB (the HS1S) of storage.  Media can be either accessed on the home network or from a remote location either through a browser interface or via a pre-established "data link function" that makes a non-local device appear local.

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