What's new from: DreamVision, Acer, NextVision, Logitec, BenQ, Philips

What's new from: DreamVision, Acer, NextVision, Logitec, BenQ, Philips

DreamVision Digital TV tuner

Pioneer claims the DreamVision Digital TV tuner is the first of its kind to be compatible with the Australian version of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center edition. The new model will give MCE owners the ability to receive and record free-to-air digital television while skipping advertisements. The tuner is designed to turn a PC or notebook into Digital TV. With DVB-T Protocol support, Digital Terrestrial TV and Radio Program receiving, it can also record the television signal via Real Time Digital Video Recording (DVR) and Scheduling Recording and Time-Shifting. The DreamVision Digital TV tuner is designed to be integrated with traditional television watching patterns featuring Electronic Program Guide (EPG), Still Frame Capture, Multi-Channel Preview (Free Channels only), Channel Auto Scan, Viewing and Schedule Recording Different DTV Channels Simultaneously (in the same transponder), Teletext. Moreover existing card owners and resellers can simply upgrade the card's driver by downloading a new one from the Pioneer website. Both offerings are available through Pioneer Computers Australia. RRP: DreamVision PCI-21 Digital Terrestrial TV card - $199; DreamVision USB-42 Digital Terrestrial USB Box - $249.

Acer Aspire 1800

The recently introduced Acer Aspire 1800 notebook is designed for high-performance graphics capabilities and features a 17-inch widescreen and ATI Mobility Radeon X600 PCI Express with 64MB. With an 8-speed DVD-Super Multi Drive and optional built-in TV tuner, and 5W speakers and sub-woofer, the Acer Aspire 1800 also features DVD playback, picture viewing, music playback, CD and DVD burning as well as video editing. The offering features front cluster access ports and controls, an "Instant-on" mode allows users to play DVD and music using a remote control without requiring the notebook to be booted into Windows. In Australia, the Acer Aspire 1800 notebook is distributed by Hitech and IT Wholesale. The Acer Aspire 1800 is covered with Acer's 2 Hour Warranty Express Service. RRP: $3499.

NextVision N2000 HD LCD TV

The N2000 is a 20-inch HD LCD TV, which features a digital video processor that provides high-quality colour, sharpness and screen clarity using NextVisionTM II technology. It has a number of image-enhancing features such as ClearMotivTM digital HD, for complete smoothness of motion pictures, and UniformBrite brightness technology. The N2000 has RCA, PC VGA (640x480) and audio connections for DVD players, game consoles, set-top boxes and for complete home entertainment. This model has a two-year limited warranty (1-year for panel), parts and labour services. It is distributed by Ingram Micro and Synnex Australia. RRP: $1399.

Logitec's Z-5500 THX Digital

The Z-5500 Digital speakers, provide 5.1 surround sound system with THX certification, and consume 505 watts of power, thanks to a 10-inch subwoofer with adjustable bass. The speakers feature 96/24 digital decoding capabilities for both the PC platform and home entertainment systems. The new 96/24 format can be used on some enhanced DVD and audio discs, high definition PC audio systems as well as advanced signal processing of all audio including PlayStation 2 games, Xbox games, DVD movies and more. The Logitech Z-5500 Digital speakers include digitally-equalised phase plug satellites and centre channel, with removable cloth grilles, and multi-purpose fittings. The Digital SoundTouch control centre does the decoding of Dolby Digital, DTS, and DTS 96/24 soundtracks producing unsurpassed clarity and the speakers can connect directly into a DVD player or game console, with no need for a separate receiver. The system is also designed to work on PCs and with portable music players. It supports up to six devices, with an optical port, a coaxial port and four stereo ports as its standard configuration. The Z-5500 Digital speakers are distributed by Tech Pacific and BJE. RRP: $749.

BenQ FP71E+ LCD Monitor

Designed to bridge the gap between computers, TV, DVD, VCD or game system, the recently launched BenQ FP71E+ LCD monitor is credited with an 8ms response time designed to provide fast and fluid visual motion without "smears" or image retention. Working in conjunction with AU Optronics, BenQ has managed to create sharper images by reducing Rotational Viscosity - the viscosity of liquid crystal and the rotational resistance of liquid crystal molecules. The BenQ FP71E+ also features a 500:1 contrast ratio, 300 nits brightness and BenQ's exclusive Senseye Digital Enhancement Technology which produces sharper and superior clarity images. BenQ is also releasing a FP71E LCD Monitor, identical to the FP71E+ but with a 12ms response time for those who do not require an 8ms response time. The FP71E+ will be available in November and the FP71E will be available in December. It is distributed by Tech Pac, Tech Express and Westan. RRP: $699.

Philips 230W LCD Monitor

Offering 1920 x 1200 resolution, the Philips 230W LCD Monitor is aimed at both corporate and home environments. The 230W monitor incorporates a PIP (Picture-In-Picture) function that allows a video program to be viewed at the same time as a PC application is displayed. This monitor also features a built-in UCR (Universal Card Reader) providing six-in-one reading facilities for media such as Compact Flash and flash memory cards and memory sticks, and a contrast ratio of 500:1, a brightness of 250 nits, with a response time of 16 ms, and a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees. An optional A/V module is available to interface external video devices to the 230W monitor, for example to allow a movie or DVD to be viewed at the same time as corresponding data in a PC application such as a text or presentation file. The Philips 230W LCD Monitor is distributed by Tech Pacific and Synnex. RRP: $3499.

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