Looks like Asus Eee Box 206 finally makes a debut, after been spotted back in December 2008 together with the Eee Box 204 version. The new 206 Eee Box model can easily distinguish itself from previous devices with the HDMI port at the back and the AMD ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics card inside that give more video power to the users, along with the other components that include a DVI output, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, WiFi/Bluetooth connections and a bundled remote control, which lets you handle everything from the sofa. To get this new machine, powered by Windows XP and Eee Cinema media software, you will have to separate yourself from £310 ($438), so make a choice, it’s either Black or White [Another image after the break].
Update: According to the guys at Register Hardware who’ve managed to put their hands on ASUS’ Eee Box B206, it seems this little creature encountered major difficulties while handling high-def content, even when playing 720P videos – which makes it mainly usable for internet surfing, and some other casual tasks like office management or image browsing. And with poor Benchmark scores achieved, looks like your dream of 1080p machine, sitting next to your brand new LCD screen, is about to vanish.
[via Register Hardware]
Following the release of the Eee Box 202, Asus has decided to go far beyond, offering two new models, including the Eee Box B204 and B206, which pack the same specs, like Windows XP Home, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1GB of RAM, 160GB HDD storage, and 802.11n WiFi, only with additional HDMI socket that improves the 1080p handling and plays high-def content without stuttering. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity and a built-in battery on the B204 version, so you will be able to continue using it in case there’s an electric crash at your vicinity. Still, no price or availability details.
Update1: turns out Asus has launched another model – a Celeron-based Eee Box B203, boasting Intel C220 processor, 160GB storage capacity and up to 2GB RAM.
Update2: more new details available in here.
Aigo introduces the new Patriot MP5-MK3510 PMP, also known as the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP5 media player, coming up with an unknown price tag, but with a 4.3-inch 480 x 272 display, an FM tuner, an eBook reader, a microSD slot and a battery that can deliver 4 hours of video or 10 hours of audio. In spite of a wide codecs support, including MP3, WMA, FLAC, APE, RM, RMVB, AVI, FLV, DAT, MPG, MPEG, JPG, BMP, GIF, and TXT, the most intriguing part is the 720p output, that provides high-def content to the mediocre screen. Regretfully, no word on availability, in case you’re a racing avid.
[Via PMP Today]
Korean’s Sarotech announces the release of the DVP-260X, a new portable media player, coming up with a 2.5-inch display and two giant storage capacities, including 160GB ($278) or 320GB ($328). In addition, the new 260X features an FM tuner, a photo viewer, an e-book reader, and PAL/NTSC compatibility. It supports many formats, including AAC, WAV, AC3, MP3, OGG, WMA audio formats with 5.1channels out, and H.264, MKV with up to 1080p over HDMI, concerning video. Regretfully, it will be available for Korean market only, in black or white flavors and we already start feeling a bit jealous.
It seems like IOMEGA acquisition by EMC bore results, as the legendary ZIP drive company introduces its latest ScreenPlay HD multimedia drive, coming with video outputs like component, composite and HDMI port. This 500GB storage device can handle almost any format, including WAV, WMA, MPEG-1/2/4, MP3, OGG, AC3, AVI, DivX, XviD and JPEG files. It can upscale your videos to 720p or 1080i HD resolution for maximum picture quality, and lay you back on your sofa, thanks to the nice bundled remote control. To get one of these, just open your wallets and pull out $218, not bad at all.
DVICO introduces the TViX HD M-6500A, a next generation HD multimedia player with a Sigma SMP8635 processor and wireless HD streaming capabilities. This advanced Linux-based device features a Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b/g, internal SATA HDD, housing 320GB to 1TB and Network Attached Storage. The box sports video outputs including component, composite, HDMI v1.3, S-VIDEO, and optical audio outputs, for maximum sound quality. The TViX HD M-6500A player can handle the latest audio formats, such as MP3, WMA, PCM, DTS, WMV9, AAC, Ogg, FLAC and video formats as WMV-HD, DIVX, XVid, H.264 (MPEG4) , HDV, MKV, ripped Blu-ray M2TS files and many more. The sleek and stylish black aluminum gives the TViX a state of the art chic that will cost you between $760 – $1170, respectively.
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So many streamers hit the market nowadays, this time it’s Mvix turn to introduce the MX-780HD, a wireless HD media streamer with a small LCD screen in front. This device features movie player, music system, and internet radio with Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b/g, USB2.0 host and a 3.5″ HDD storage, at your choice. The box houses video outputs like component, composite, S-VIDEO, HDMI (1080p) and optical audio outputs as well. The MX-780HD can handle almost any format, including XviD, AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, AAC, OGG, AC3, MP3, WMA, JPEG and many more. Just pay $300 and you can start streaming right away.
This network media streamer can do whatever you ask for, concerning media aspects. The new Popcorn Hour A-100 can stream media via your wireless network, NAS, attached USB DOK, and internet streams. It can even house movies you download from BitTorrent. The A-100 box can handle almost any format you’d like, such as ASF, WMV, MOV, Xvid MPEG1/2/4, MP3, AVI, Matroska and more. It also sports HDMI and SPDIF coax digital audio outputs. Currently, the Popcorn Hour is lacking, so if you want to get yours, sign-in and get a number straight off their website.
Asus intros a new HDTV box, providing a TV tuner and some nifty inputs like s-video, component, and HDMI for your computer’s monitor. The Asus box is capable of upscaling any signal source up to 1080p, for maximum picture quality. It is also equipped with DVI or VGA outputs and sports PIP functionality. The device supports both NTSC and Pal tuner so you can use it around the globe. Price and availability details are missing.