With the new aluminum "unibody" Mac Mini being the first Apple computer to come with a built-in HDMI port, Apple has felt it necessary to outline both the uses for the HDMI connector in a recently released FAQ on the Mac Mini. In addition, the final version 1.1 release of the VideoLAN Client media player is available.… Read more
Sure, the HTC Evo 4G is one of the first smartphones to offer an HDMI-out port, but how well does it really perform?
On the bottom of the Evo is a small HDMI-out port. It's much smaller than the HDMI interface you're probably used to, so make sure to purchase a Micro-D size cable. One end will fit the port at the bottom of the Evo and the other end terminates in a standard HDMI interface.
After spending some time encoding various file formats and sizes, we found that MP4 movie files performed the most consistently. Also, files rendered closer to the Evo's native 800x480 resolution worked best as larger videos stuttered and would not play properly on-screen.
We were a bit disappointed in the lack of control the Evo gives in terms of HDMI-out playback. In fact, there are absolutely no settings associated with the connection. Other than videos stored on the external MicroSD card and YouTube, the phone can't play anything else through the port--this also includes third party software like Slingbox Player Mobile. Oddly enough, the Evo can't display individual photos either; they must be arranged together in a slideshow for them to show up correctly.
The Evo seems to output all video at 720p (1280x720), regardless of the source resolution. Also, it takes a few seconds for the phone to handshake with a TV, so be prepared to miss the first second or two of playback. In terms of sound, every video file played back was accompanied with solid audio quality. You can control the volume of the source material via the Evo's two-button rocker on the right side of the device.… Read more
I've always been a sucker for monitor deals, and this is one of the best I've seen: PC Connection has an EQD Auria EQ236 24-inch LCD monitor for $159.99 shipped. (Residents of AL, IL, NC, NJ, NY, and OH will have to pony up sales tax as well.)
This is not a refurbished unit. It's brand new, and it comes with a 2-year warranty. You don't have to mess around with any rebates, either.
Plus, the specs are decidedly above-average: the EQ236 includes VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, and it serves up full 1080p (a.… Read more
Quite possibly one of the best monitor deals I've ever seen, Sellout.Woot has a 23-inch 1080p LCD with HDMI and speakers for $139.99. Shipping will cost you just $5.
Like all Woot deals, this one is available today only--and there's every possibility it will sell out.
Update: Sorry, folks. I was right: it already sold out. Here's a not-bad-at-all alternative: the Asus VH236H 23-inch LCD for $168.99 shipped (after rebate). It has VGA, HDMI, and DVI, plus speakers and a three-year warranty.
The monitor has no brand. It's a "Famous Maker" … Read more
It's going to be a while before you can take advantage of the new 60Ghz Wi-Fi technology to connect your Blu-ray player to your TV wirelessly. To get similar high-bandwidth wireless connectivity between home entertainment devices soon, however, there's an alternative.
Amimon, a member of the WHDI consortium and a developer of wireless HDTV solutions, announced Monday that it has surpassed half a million units in sales and orders for its 1080p Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) chipset. This suggested a very strong demand for the technology and it is expected that the first WHDI-enabled products will be … Read more
Bad news: the new MacBook Pros still lack HDMI, a very convenient and increasingly ubiquitous way for any laptop to output its audio and video on to an HDTV or receiver.
Good news: it's slightly easier to connect your MacBook Pro to a TV than it was before.
MacBook Pros now support an audio signal over the Mini DisplayPort jack. Believe it or not, the old MacBooks could only output video through that port, and audio had to be output via a separate audio cable connected to the audio-out jack. We can say from experience that connecting previous MacBooks … Read more
In recent months, I've noticed that LCD prices have not only stopped dropping, but they've also crept up a bit. That's why I'm excited to bring you two, two, two LCD deals today--both of them better than I've seen in a while.
First up: eWiz has a new Acer V233HBD 23-inch LCD monitor for $159.99 with free shipping. That's after applying coupon code SHOWERS15 at checkout.
Though fairly basic in terms of specifications, this spacious screen rocks full 1080p, 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. It has DVI and VGA inputs, a 5ms response time, … Read more
Geeks.com has the Sanyo Xacti VPC-ZH1 720p camcorder for $149.99. That is after applying coupon code ZH1R at checkout and adding about $11 for shipping to the cost.
This deal came to my attention on Friday, so there's a good chance it will sell … Read more
However, more serious moviemaking requires more serious hardware, and the pocket cams really don't have the right stuff. You need a larger camera, one with a lot of bells, whistles, and pixels.
Abe's of Maine has the Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1 1080p camcorder for $379.95 with free shipping. You get that price by applying the LOYALTY10 coupon code at checkout.
Bells? Whistles? Pixels? The VPC-FH1's got 'em in spades. For starters, it captures full 1080p … Read more
People buy home theater-in-a-box systems for a lot of reasons, but sound quality isn't one of them.
The problem with HTIBs, even the very best ones, is they don't come with great speakers or subwoofers. Denon has a solution at hand: the S-5DB. Think of it as a HTIB that doesn't come with speakers or a subwoofer. No HTIB ever made has speakers as good as the better ones I've reviewed from Aperion Audio, Atlantic Technology, Definitive Technology, Energy Speakers, Klipsch, Mirage, or Polk. You want great sound? You gotta have great speakers.
The S-5BD combo … Read more