Attack of the giant Chumby

CNET's Donald Bell reviews the Insignia Infocast, an Internet-connected touch-screen microcomputer running a scaled-up version of the Chumby apps platform. The screen measures 8 inches diagonally and the price is hard to beat at $169.

Available on Best Buy's Insignia label, the Infocast ($169) is a surprisingly unique product based around the same Chumby apps platform as the Sony Dash and Chumby One . It works as a photo frame, video player, news reader, game console, Internet radio, alarm clock, and weather forecaster, along with hundreds of extra features provided through free, Flash-based apps.

Best of all, unlike any previous Chumby spin-offs, the Infocast uses an extra-large screen that measures 8 inches diagonally, putting it in league with digital photo frames.

Do you need one? Well... no. As with all of these Chumby-based products, the Infocast is a jack of all trades and master of none. It's still a lot of fun, though, and beats the pants off the Sony Dash in terms of value and hardware features.

For more details, you can read my full review of the Insignia Infocast .

Read the full CNET Review

Insignia Infocast

The Bottom Line: It won't slice or dice, brew your coffee, or fetch your slippers, but the Insignia Infocast's ability to put news, music, photos, calendars, and social networks at your fingertips makes it a worthy addition to today's digitally-enabled home. / Read full review

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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