Subject: General Tech, Systems | April 21, 2011 - 02:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: remote, htpc
Just Delivered is a new section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.
Every once in a while I get a wild desire to buy some junk from Amazon. Actually, it's more like every day. This time though, the item that I got in actually seems to be somewhat reasonable in terms of price, function and quality.
One of the biggest headaches for HTPC (home theater PC) users is that controlling the PC remotely with any kind of precision is hard to do. There are TONS of remotes and wireless keyboard/mouse combinations on the market but I happened to come across one called the "Rii Mini" on Amazon that only cost $35 and seemed to be a perfect, yet simple solution.
Yes, it is a cheap Chinese knock-off on the Logitech coloring and branding, but that isn't our problem. The unit combines a keyboard, touchpad and laser pointer (what??) in a small form factor with some impressive features that have made it useful in my limited testing time thus far.
More photos and details after the break!
Introduction and the new Turks GPU
It seems that the graphics card wars have really heated up recently. With the release of the Radeon HD 6990 4GB and the GeForce GTX 590 3GB card it might seem that EVERYONE was spending $600 on their next GPU purchase. Obviously that isn't the case and the world of the sub-$100 card, while way less sexy, is just as important.
This week AMD has announced a slew of new options to address this market including the Radeon HD 6670, HD 6570 and even the HD 6450. Topping out at $99, the Radeon HD 6670 offers good performance, strong HTPC features and low power consumption. NVIDIA's competition is still reasonable though as we compare how the now price-dropped GeForce GTS 450 sits into the stack.
Subject: Systems | April 20, 2011 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: pvr, htpc, hdmi
At AnandTech you can take a look at Hauppauge's new HD PVR cable card dubbed the Colossus. Input-wise you get HDMI, two breakout connectors for component connections and a pair of TOSLINK connectors so you really are not going to have any problem getting a signal into the card though it does not meet HDCP. Check out the full review.
"When Hauppauge introduced the original HD PVR in 2008 its component plus TOSLINK (optical S/PDIF) capture of 5.1 Dolby Digital and up to 1080i analog video was a revolutionary, and long overdue, shift for the home theater PC (HTPC) based digital video recorder (DVR). Finally there was a viable option for recording DRM-free high definition (HD) content. The device was far from perfect however, suffering from stability (I RMA’d four personally); furthermore, as a large external USB device, it didn’t provide the most appealing form factor for many installations. Today we’re looking at Hauppauge’s second iteration of the HD PVR concept, this time as a standard height PCIe x1 device dubbed Colossus. It offers all of the previous capture options while adding HDMI input to the feature list."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Zotac Zbox HD Blu-Ray All-in-One Mini-PC Review @ OCIA
- ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player Review @ ThinkComputers
- Cooler Master Elite 343 mATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Thermaltake Armor A30 Small Form Factor Gaming Case @ Pro-Clockers
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