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 theand . 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.
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