Dell has come out with two new desktops, the Inspiron 545 and 545s. Options include six different processors, including Intel Celeron, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. It doesn’t stop there, as AMD Sempron, Athlon X2 or Phenom X4 can be selected. The 545 will hold up to 8GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Add to that 6 USB ports, optional HDMI and Blu-ray drive, and 8 available colors. No price or due date has been released.
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While you cannot judge a monitor by its photo, we have to give kudos to this one. The Korean company BTC has launched its 22-inch full HD LCD TV monitor. The ZEUS5000 220HD Premium display supports a 25,000:1 contrast ratio, a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and 300 cd/m² brightness. The display also has a HDMI DVI and D-SUB ports. Contact BTC for more details, pricing and availability.
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Yesterday, our pals over at Sling Media announced that their long-awaited SlingCatcher was finally shipping and hitting store shelves. The unit, which “catches” what’s being “pitched” by a SlingBox, the Internet, or an attached USB storage device, has been available for pre-order for the past month. Our only real problem with the device at this time is that some of the main functionality is only available to those running Windows XP SP2 or Vista, OS X users are out of luck for now on the really cool feature that lets you highlight a portion of your screen for the SlingCatcher to capture and display on a television.
The SlingCatcher can be had for $299.99. If you wanna see it in action, check out our video after the jump.
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Memorex has taken pity on those with low budgets with their MVBD-2510 Blu-ray Disc Player. It features HD 1080p, DVD up-conversion up to 1080p with a 60p video frame rate. It also features multi-channel audio, 16:9 /4:3 picture select, VFD display, and on-screen graphical user interface. Connectivity includes HDMI v 1.3 output for component, composite, analog 5.1, and s-video in addition to optical audio output. The price is a modest $269.99.
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Onkyo has just released a couple of new high-end THX Ultra2 receivers upon us all, in their TX-NR906 and TX-SR876 units. Both units feature 7.1-channel surround processing, four HDMI inputs, new THX Loudness Plus processing, XM HD, and the fantastic HQV Reon-VX upscaling processor. These bad boys will upconvert just about anything you throw at it to 1080p. In terms of audio, your got both units conservatively rated - the TX-SR876 is at 140 watts per channel, while the TX-NR906 hits you with 145 watts per channel. The TX-NR906 specifically is also Windows Vista certified, and supports digital audio devices (like the Zune) by way of its front USB port. You can also stream a bunch of audio formats on your local network to it, as well as streaming Internet radio, including SIRIUS iRadio.
Both models are available now. Suggested retail comes out to $1,799 for the TX-SR876, and $2,299 for the TX-NR906, but we are sure you can find them for a lot less if you do a little shopping around. Be sure to also hit up our Onkyo TX-SR906 image gallery.
We knew it was just a matter of time before our friends at TiVo finally released something a little more, robust, to take the place of the discontinued TiVo Series3 DVR. While the TiVo HD is a nice unit, it just wasn’t the premium product that the Series3 was. The TiVo HD XL is all about taking that premium spot, and it certainly looks like a worthy replacement. The unit ships with a 1 terabyte hard drive, which means it can record up to 150 hours of HD programming, HDMI cable, along with a premium Series3 backlit TiVo remote. The TiVo HD XL features dual tuners, which lets you record two programs at the same time, and is even THX certified (something that the TiVo HD can’t brag about.) The one jarring piece here is the price, as the TiVo HD XL is selling for $599.99. If it’s worth it to you, you can order one right now at the TiVo website, or you can wait a few days and check your local retailer. We have the full press release for you after the break.
Panasonic has come up with 3 DIGA Series Blu-ray disc players/burners. With built-in HDD, each has a dual digital TV tuner, a USB port, an HDMI output, a SD/SDHC card slot, and supports DTS-HD Master/ Dolby NR TrueHD/Dolby Digital plus codecs. Available September 1, the DIGAS have a writing speed of 6X in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format. Select between the DMR-BW930 model with 1TB, the BW830 with 500 GB, or the BW730 that holds 320GB. Prices start at € 900 (~$1,328.00.)
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While there are plenty of flexible cords and cables for computers, Panasonic claims they have the planet’s first “free-angle” HDMI cable. The device has a version 1.3a high data transfer speed and is meant for flat panel displays. The cable can move 180º, which means you can reduce the 9cm of space usually needed behind a flatscreen to only 3 cm. Look for the flexible 1.5 and 3 meter cords to become available in August.
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AMD shows us how the home theatre PC arena is getting exciting again. Thanks to AMD Live!, manufacturers are finally creating affordable high-quality and high-performance components for the home theatre PC. Inexpensive platforms supporting full-resolution 1080p HD and 7.1 channel surround sound are being manufactured and will be out for sale real soon.
We love the intiative AMD has taken on this one! We talk with Jay Taylor of AMD Live! and have a look at the new components.
You can now play your Xbox 360 games in 1080p HD with the Mad Catz HDMI Conversion Kit. Plug the adapter into the back of your Xbox, run the HDMI cord to your HDTV and voilà, you have a converted signal. All cables are in the kit, including one for an optical audio port which supports stereo and multi-channel surround sound and Dolby Digital and DTS. You can plug and play with your new gadget for $89.99 with a five year warranty and plenty of customer assistance on their site.
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