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RESEARCH: Have I finally found my perfect Windows Media Center Edition PC?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 14.01.05 - 21:30:39 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 8531x
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At CES last week, HP showed their latest Windows Media Center Edition PC development, the HP Digital Entertainment Center z550 series, and it seems my research for the "perfect" Media Center Edition has an end, at least it looks what I expect from a MCE - less PC but more Hi-Fi:

The HP Digital Entertainment Center is an all-in-one digital entertainment solution that goes beyond basic TV recording to provide new viewing and listening experiences. It harnesses the horsepower of a high-performance PC to help personalize and enjoy TV, movies, music, photos and videos, all from one device.

While it requires some RAM and HDD upgrades to make it perfect for me, other features are truly amazing since it includes a 16x DVD±R/RW double-layer DVD recorder offering DVD playback at 480p resolution and also offer LightScribe disc labeling technology which enables users to place a laser imprint on a CD or DVD.. The back conceals 5 video out connectors, including DVI-D, component video, VGA, S-Video and composite video output ports, as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound support via coaxial RCA or optical toslink connections and analog 7.1 pre-amp surround sound.
In addition, both z550 series models also offers 1000 Gigabit Base-T Ethernet connectivity, as well as integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g support and FM tuners with pause and replay capabilities.

The estimated U.S. retail price ranges from $1,499 to $1,999 and both models will be available in Spring 2005. Now it comes to the question when and if it will be available in EMEA? Please HP, don't let me handing out this time again!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Adamz on 14.01.05 - 23:47:31

Nah, this is the one you want:

Something with HDTV Protected content recording capabilities! Oh, that won't be out 'til Q3 2005 though.
I love my current Media Center PC.  Syncing recorded TV shows with my imate JAM is a joy!  So cool!  I may have to put a second TV tuner in soon.

Posted by ralfbart on 17.01.05 - 21:53:35

Hi Arne,
it looks pretty like this one:
And this one is no MCE 2005. On the HP website i didn´t see something about MCE 2005 also...
I saw the FSC activy in original. Do you know the old big Video2000 VCRs? Looks pretty the same... Large and heavy...
On the activy is no ability to install software...

Posted by nojetlag on 17.01.05 - 23:37:59

I won't buy any of these devices as long as the manufacturers won't provide noice levels. I will never buy anything with a fan for my living room. You know how a perfect Media Center PC looks like ? The latest iMac mini is for me the perfect example how I would like to have a Media Center PC. Great design, not taking big space and NO bloody fan !!

Posted by Booga on 15.02.05 - 09:01:22

What about Hush Technologies?
They have no fans.

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