What's new from: HP, Acer, InFocus, Shuttle, Toshiba, Pioneer

What's new from: HP, Acer, InFocus, Shuttle, Toshiba, Pioneer

HP Pavilion t580a

The HP Pavilion t580a PC is a core component of any digital home entertainment system. It has a 3.0GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 800MHz process speed, TV tuner card (PAL) and HP’s intervideo home theatre. The HP multimedia cordless keyboard with one-touch Internet command centre, allows users complete control with ease of use. The t580a runs off the Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system. With the inclusion of a remote, users are able to listen to surround sound while watching television, DVDs and listening to music, without leaving their couches. Distributed by Tech Pacific.

RRP: $2999

Acer Aspire RC900 and RC500

Acer’s entry into personal entertainment systems is the Aspire RC900 and RC500. A choice of five entertainment modes is available — video, TV, picture, music, and FM radio, without booting the Windows operating system. Users can navigate via a range of controls, including a simple to use super dial, by remote control, keyboard hotkeys, or media buttons located on top of the system. The RC900 and RC500 have Pentium 4 processors, 800MHz front-side bus supporting Hyper-threading technology, a 7-in-1 media reader, optical and coaxial SPDIF audio-out connectors. Distributed by Bluechip Infotech, Corporate Express, Dataflex, Winthrop, Ingram Micro, Harris Technology, Hitech, Thames.

RRP: from $2499

InFocus X2 digital projector

InFocus’s X2 digital projector offers an alternative viewing platform to PC and television screens. It features automatic deinterlacing, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 1500 lumens of brightness, zoom lens and long-life lamp that InFocus claims shines for 3000 hours. A keypad offers one-touch operation and navigation through menus. Hookups are done via colour-coded connections. It also features InFocus’s liteshow secure, 128-bit data, wireless solution built on Wi-Fi (802.11b) technology and is compatible with both PC and Mac operating systems. Infocus claims it gives high-resolution, true-colour clarity with fast image updates. The X2 connects to a laptop, PDA, DVD player, cable or satellite TV system, digital camera, or game console and weighs in at 3.1kg. The InFocus X2 is distributed by Image Design Technology and Tech Pacific.

RRP: $2199

Shuttle XPC Zen

Shuttle has introduced the XPC Zen (ST62K). Built around the ATI Radeon 9100 chipset, this small form factor computer delivers integrated graphics performance and redefines the standard for low-noise, low-temperature operation, according to the company. XPC Zen is one of the first full-featured desktop computers to offer an external power supply, but, with ATI industry-best Radeon 9100 IGP, dual-channelDDR400 and IntelR Hyper-Threading technology processor support, Zen serves up truly impressive performance. With support for Intel PentiumR 4 and CeleronR processors,and dual-channel DDR400 memory, XPC Zen delivered power despite its small size, the company said. Key features include external 180W power brick, integrated cooling engine, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 I/O and 6-channel audio (analog, SPDIF I/O). The product is distributed in Australia by Sato Technology.

RRP: $550

Toshiba Satellite P20

Toshiba’s mobile AV-PC device is the Satellite P20 notebook. The latest P20 has P4 3.4GHz hyper threading processor with 800MHz Front Side Bus, a 17-inch wide screen display (that allows for native 16:9 widescreen format) and Harman Kardon speakers. An nVidia GeForce FX Go5700 graphics chipset is included as is high definition TV (HDTV) component out ports (up to 1080i resolution) and progressive scanning technology for quality DVD output. Video can be edited using an integrated Firewire port and burned to all formats via a DVD SuperMulti drive ((DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM). 802.11abg Wi-Fi connectivity or Bluetooth is available for talking to other home (smart) devices. Distributed by Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro and Dicker Data.

RRP: $5499

Pioneer Power 470K

Pioneer Computers has launched what the company claims is the first 64-bit media centre notebook. The Pioneer 470K combines a notebook with digital TV function­ality in one unit, offering a 17-inch widescreen and the processing power of AMD Athlon 64. Other features include: ATI 128M 9700 VGA; 256/512/1024M DDR 333/400 RAM; 6-in-1 card reader; 4xDVD-/+ RW/24 x CDRW and DVD combo; 5.1 S/PDIF Digital Audio with 5 speakers; 1G/100/0M LAN, 56K modem, 1394, 3 USB2; built-in video camera, wireless LAN, serial port; DreamVision Digital TV USB tuner with TV recorder; Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional; and Microsoft Office 2003 STD. Pioneer sells direct to Harvey Norman and Domayne.

RRP: From $3399

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