Whats new from Acer, Plantronics, HP, Pinnacle, Toshiba and Phillips.

Whats new from Acer, Plantronics, HP, Pinnacle, Toshiba and Phillips.

Acer PH110

Based on DLP technology, Acer Computer's PH110 projector gives a 16:9 native aspect ratio for a widescreen home entertainment experience. The PH110 features eight scenario and two user-customisable modes for selecting viewing preferences. From a PC source, users can choose movie, photo, game or a customised setting. From a TV source, they can choose movie, sport, concert, game or again a customised user setting. The PH110 projector features a range of functions including keystone correction, auto-focus, customisable start up and can be connected to multiple digital entertainment devices including gaming consoles, DVD players and home stereo systems. It is distributed in Australia by Ingram Micro, BlueChip Infotech, Compu Wholesale, HiTech Distribution, IT Wholesale and Express Online.

RRP: $1999

Plantronics GameCom Pro 1

The Plantronic GameCom Pro 1 is created for online gaming and listening to music via a PC or stereo. The system includes two 40mm speakers for immersive game play; a noise-cancelling microphone for voice communications; and a 24-bit 100dB signal to noise ratio codec transforms analogue audio into digital audio. The real-time equalisation performed by a built-in digital signal processor (DSP) chip frees up the PC processor for faster game play and maximum system performance. Minimum system requirements include Windows 98 Second Edition/Windows 2000/ME/XP; Pentium II 166MHz; a SVGA monitor; USB port; Macintosh OS 9.04+, OS X; PowerPC 604 or better. The product is distributed in Australia by Anyware Computer Accessories.

RRP: $149

HP ep9012

HP's ep9012 Instant Cinema Digital Projector is an integrated DVD player, subwoofer and 2.1 surround sound system. Using Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology, the projector produces sharper images compared to LCD projectors. It also includes HP's six-segment colour wheel technology. This colour spectrum gives depth and vibrancy to reds and blues. The built-in 840 ANSI (max) lumens lamp provides bright and clear projection. The DVD player offers support for both DTS and Dolby 5.1 playback. The technology also supports VCD, SVCD, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-audio and MP3-audio playback. Users can display JPEG digital image files as a slideshow, off the disc. The product will be distributed in Australia by Ingram Micro from July 1.

RRP: $4999


The Pinnacle MediaCenter is a combined hardware and software solution that lets PC owners transform their existing PCs into digital entertainment centres complete with analogue and/or digital terrestrial TV. Solutions in the MediaCenter range include the Pinnacle PCTV MediaCenter 200e and Pinnacle PCTV MediaCenter 310i. MediaCenter products include a TV tuner with a remote control, and Pinnacle's PMC software and MediaManager software, a media management tool for music, photos and video files. The software lets users enjoy live television and record, pause, and create instant replays, as well as schedule programs for recording. MediaManager integrates media import and search functions, file format conversion, DVD and CD burning, CD ripping, watched folder, playlist creation and media organisation in a single application. The solution is distributed in Australia by Lako Pacific.

RRP: The Pinnacle PCTV MediaCenter 200e and Pinnacle PCTV MediaCenter 310i cost $182 and $156, respectively.

Toshiba S25

The Toshiba S25 entry-level projector offers several integrated features to achieve a home cinema experience. At 1800 ANSI lumens and with 2000:1 contrast ratio, the DLP powered S25 ensures images are bright and vibrant. It has Truevision, an integrated video scaler/de-interlacer guaranteeing crisp and clear images. Connections available include dual PC and audio inputs, monitor and audio outputs, and S-video and Composite video inputs. The auto set button allows users to adjust image set up and keystone correction. The new menu is designed for ease of use with icon driven on-screen displays. The S25 is also available as a wireless unit. The product is available from ASI Solutions, Dicker Data and Ingram Micro.

RRP: $1999 (without wireless) and $2999 (wireless)


Philips Electronics Australia is extending its FlatTV range, offering nine televisions with sizes of up to 50 inches in plasma and 42 inches in LCD TV. The top end models feature Ambilight and Pixel Plus 2 technologies. Ambilight is a back-lighting system that adjusts ambient lighting around the television to match the colour of the content featured on screen. Pixel Plus 2 technology enhances on-screen picture performance. The LCD televisions feature TFT-LCD panel technology. Philips has built NXT SurfaceSound speakers into its 42-inch LCD TV model. The FlatTV plasma range includes the 50PF9966, a 50-inch TV which has a resolution of 1365 x 768 pixels, active control and an integrated tuner. Other models in the line include the 42PF9966, which offers 1024 x 768 pixels picture quality and the 42PF9946, a 42-inch plasma with 852 x 480 pixels picture quality. There are six releases in the flat TV LCD range. The largest in the LCD range is the 42PF9986, a 42-inch screen that includes the invisible NXT speakers. For distribution details visit

RRP: Prices for the flat TV plasma range run from $5199 to $10,199. The flat TV LCD ranges from $1499 to $9999.

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