Sub $500 AspireRevo HTPC Previewed

Gizmodo got its hands on one of Acer's AspireRevo and tested its video playback as well as its ability to handle 3d gaming. Although Acer hasn't announced an official price they have said that it will be well under $500. According to the Gizmodo's tests what you get for under $500 dollars is, a system capable of playing Blu-ray movie with an average video bitrate of 28 megabits per second, peaking around 36 through a HDMI output with full 7.1 HD audio. Revo also ran the game Spore, albeit at 1024x768, smoothly and Google Earth ran at a usable pace. Programs without GPU acceleration didn't perform any better than any other Intel Atom system, meaning Flash based video sites like HD Hulu or Youtube HD didnt run so well.

AspireRevo 1080p DirectX 10 Mini Computer

Acer officially announced its 7.1" x 7.1" x 1.2" AspireRevo. The mini computer boasts a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 250GB of HDD space or SSD, a 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI / VGA outputs, gigabit ethernet, six USB 2.0 sockets, audio in / out, and Windows Vista Home Premium / Basic. The system also has a 9400M intergrated GPU and is capable of handling 1080p, Blu-ray decoding, DirectX 10 and even mildly demanding 3d gaming. The AspireRevo is designed to be attached to the back of any TV display or LCD with a VESA attachment.

Review Of Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite

MyDigitalEntertainer's managed to get an early unit of Netgear's EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite and has provided ample unboxing pictures and some hands-on impressions . According to the review, the unit has improved a lot compared to previous models from Netgear and offers 802.11n support with three internal dual-band antennas, Flickr account integration, a well-functioning YouTube application, significantly faster processor for speedy menus and smooth streaming, vastly enhanced video codec and format support including the much-desired MKV, vastly enhanced audio file format support, upconversion to HD through the HDMI output, built-in hard drive can store media and buffer over the network for jitter-free playback, and addition weather and PC access features.

Share Any USB Storage Over The Net For $99

Just connect Pogoplug to your home network and attach any external drive or memory stick and you can upload/download/view files from any location. Pogoplug works from a Web browser interface and you can share individual items on your drives to anyone else using their email as a unique login. The iPhone app allows streaming of MP3 files, viewing JPG files, and opening PDF/Doc files over Wi-Fi or 3G. Available from their web site for $99 dollars with no monthly fees.

From Home Technology's Past's Future?

Every week dozens of home technology products are released and every week dozens more are announced but never see the light of day. The web site Dark Roasted Blend has a gallery of early prototype technology that is always great to look at.

Nvidia's ION Based Mini HTPCs Are Coming

In an official press release released yesterday Nvidia now says that the first batch of "incredibly small and affordable PCs" will be coming in Q2. One of the first will be Acer's Hornet , a $149-$299 tiny Vista box capable of gaming and 1080p video playback over HDMI. The ION platform combines a Intel Atom CPU with the graphics power of a 9400M allowing a complete media experience in a form factor as small as the palm of your hand.

Samsung's LED HDTVs Priced

Samsung has revealed the availability and pricing or their Series 8000, 7000 and 6000 LED HDTVs. The new portfolio of LED HDTVs use edge-mounted LEDs as their primary light source rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL). By using LEDs, the entire line is highlighted by superior contrast ratios and color detail, ultra-thin and wall-friendly depths and substantial decreases in energy consumption. Businesswire has all the details including the pricing for the various sizes and models.

Timelapse Garden Video Camera

The Brinno timelapse garden video camera comes attached to a stake, making it easy to mount anywhere in your garden, and the lens can focus as close as 20-inches away from your subject, or it can capture a 54-inch wide field of view to get everything in frame. It snaps a photo at one of six preset time intervals, anywhere from every 5 seconds to every 24 hours, and the stills are compiled into a single 1280×1024 AVI file for watching on your computer. The camera's housing is weather-resistant, which means you can set it up and forget about it, and it has a built-in light sensor that turns the camera off at night to extend the battery life. The 2GB USB flash drive it uses can store around 18,000 photos, and on a single set of 4 x AA batteries the camera will run for about 4 months when shooting once every hour. Available here for $159.95 .

Energy Saving Core 2 Quad S - Series

Intel recently announced energy saving versions of its Core 2 Quad Q8200, Q9400 and Q9550 CPUs. These S-Series chips are built using the same 45 nanometer process technology used on the regular models and their performance is the same but instead of having a maximum thermal design power of 95 watts they're TDP is only 65 watts. The S-Series is priced higher than its 95 watt cousin and Tom's Hardware has some benchmarks which will help you decide if the power saving and cooling benefits outweigh the price increase.

Robot Friday

New product announcements are usually pretty quiet on Friday so here is an amazing video of a half dozen prototype robots created by the Hirose-Fukushima Robotics Lab at Tokyo Tech . Highlight include a swimming snake, hugging robot, and a roller skating quadruped.

Fingerprint Locks

If your quest for future living involves getting rid of those half dozen keys you lug around all day a biometric fingerprint lock might be worth the $150 dollars. Adel's TRINITY-788 stores up to 99 fingerprints which can be register directly on the lock itself. It also features a PIN Code, and mechanical key for futher convienence. If you require extra security Shepherd makes a fingerprint lock with a built-in dead bolt.

Kitchen Safe Touchscreen

The Demy Kitchen Safe Touchscreen stores recipes in its digital memory, and Demy syncs up to your keyingredient.com account just by plugging it into the USB port on your computer. The Demy is designed to be rugged and handle the spills of ingredients that are commonly found around a busy kitchen. There is no requirement to clean your hands of food stains before use because the screen can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Available for pre-order for $299 from Amazon .

Sharp AQUOS A Series Announced

Sharp of Japan recently unveiled the AQUOS A series of eco-friendly LCD HDTV . Three models will soon be available; a 40" (LC-40AE6), 46" (LC-46AE6) and 52″ (LC-52AE6) model. All three feautre 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, a digital TV tuner, 120Hz de-judder technology, a 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits of brightness and 176-degree viewing angles. Sharp also claims a drastically reduced power footprint with an improved backlight and overall power consumption of 175kWh/Year for the 52", 145kWh/Year for the 46", and only 120kWh/Year for the 40" model.

And Now For Something Truly Useful

The Power Shelf is an outlet with a built-in self that provides your hand held electronics with a convenient organized place to be stored and charged. The various models, which range in price online from $15.95 for a small Power Shelf to $59.95 for a laptop Power Shelf , have a tapered design that allows for charging cords to be wrapped around the base for further reduced clutter. Useful and simple.

AnandTech's In-Depth Power Supply Review

If you're planning on building a HTPC or a high end desktop PC, info about the right power supply can be hard to find. It's easy to find hundreds of in-depth reviews on the latest CPU or Video Card but rarely do power supplies get the same in depth treatment. Anantech has articles for people looking for concrete info about how much power you might need , a detailed comparison of 20 available PSU's in the 300W-450W range and a comparison of 12 in the higher 500W to 550W range .

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