Playon!HD Mini: stylish compact networked HD player

Playon!HD Mini

A.C. Ryan published photos of its new network player Playon!HD Mini. Actually it’s smaller version of Playon!HD. But mini version still keeps all functionality of its big brother – supports 1080p resolution over HDMI or component and playbacks all knows A/V formats and containers from USB mass storage or network shares. It just leaks internal HDD and NAS functionality. But the price in €99 can be good compensation for this.

[via Engadget]

Seagate announcing FreeAgent Theater+ and DockStar

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player

I already wrote about Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater – media player with dock for FreeAgent Go portable HDD. It looked very attractive. Especially for non-geek people who don’t want to spend their time to setup Popcorn Hour or HTPC. But it had one big disadvantage – missed HDMI output.

It took 9 monthes to produce improved version of FreeAgent Theater. FreeAgent Theater+ has not only HDMI output but Ethernet port and ability to wireless connection to the LAN using USB WiFi adapter. Sure it supports all known media formats and containers as many networked media players as well as 1080p HD video, DTS 2.0 + Digital Out or Dolby Digital technology. The player for consumers offers a simple and intuitive user interface.

The Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ is already available at $149.99. The bundle player plus 500Gb FreeAgent Go costs $289.99. The FreeAgent Theater+ Wireless Adapter is expected to be available in October as a separate accessory through for $69.99.

Taking into account the price, offered functionality and the original idea for storage FreeAgent Theater+ can be success competitor for networked media players on the market.

FreeAgent DockStar
Another new product from Seagate is FreeAgent DockStar. It’s a dock-station for FreeAgent Go portable HDD with Pogoplug NAS capabilities. For the $99 you can get FreeAgent DockStar plus one year of Pogoplug remote access and sharing service ($29). Sure you may use original Pogoplug device to share HDD content in the local network. But FreeAgent DockStar is more suitable for FreeAgent Go owners. And it has two USB ports more.

[via eHomeUpgrade/eHomeUpgrade]

Fujitsu Esprimo Q1500: small but strong

Fujitsu Esprimo Q1500

Compact and stylish mini PC Fujitsu Esprimo Q1500 can playback 720p video, said Engadget. It uses Intel graphis and not nVidia Ion. So, the HD playback needs strong processor – no less than a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo T9600. Additionally the Q1500 can be equiped with Blu-ray drive.

The price of the Q1500 is not so cheap as nVidia Ion-based nettops – €700. But it looks nice, compact and has enough horsepowers for HD video. Comparing with Mac Mini I don’t like only one thing in the Fujitsu Esprimo Q1500 – USB ports, power button and stickers on the front panel. In my mind the clear panel looks more attractive.

Two new HTIB from Onkyo

Onkyo HT-S7200

Onokio announced two new 7.1-channel Home Theater in a Box (HTIB) – HT-S7200 and HT-S6200. Both models include Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dolby ProLogic IIz, but HT-S7200 has five HDMI inputs and HT-S6200 – four. The price for those models is $899 and $699 respectively. So, it’s a good choice for all who don’t want spend a lot of time building home cinema but would like to get good quality.

Lenkeng: convering everything

All Video to HDMI Scaler & Switch

Building distribution A/V system it’s easy to face with problem when one type of the video signal should be converted to another or it should be split, join or extend. Chines company Lenkeng offers a huge range devices which can do that work. The focus is done on the HDMI stuff – converters, splitters, extenders, switches and wallplate can bring to your home HDTV. On a par with it the Lenkeng has a bunch of AV, VGA and YPbPr converters as well as a number of different cable and adaptors.

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