Back when we did the CEO Forum, we already knew that the PC market was somewhat saturated in terms of having too many motherboard makers. So, we questioned if companies were already foreseeing this. The only choice that the companies had to make was whether or not they were going to change, and it was an important one at that. Changing and diversifying could actually be a matter of living or dying.

We have seen some motherboard manufacturers pursue networking products, while some have tried taking on consumer electronics, and other maufacturers have tried their hand out with displays. Others have taken even the almost fatal market saturation hit. Today, we thought we would quickly look at Widio, Albatron's latest attempt at diversification. Any by all accounts, they are trying to generate a lot of hype. Let's dive in and find out if the Widio is all that they are trying to make it out to be.

What in the world is Widio?


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  • bblake12 - Monday, September 27, 2004 - link

    What you aren't seeing with this device is that you can stream audio to a remote location. For example if you have a reciever in your garage that powers your outdoor setup with this unit you can plug in a Y cable and stream audio from your PC to it. Reply
  • scosta - Thursday, September 23, 2004 - link

    I had to read the article twice to understand what this thing was. So what is it?

    You feed some audio source to the base and then you pickup the receiver box, connect the head set to it and then you hear whatever audio is comming in into the base (but for 4 hours only).

    So this is simply a very stupid version of the many good and inexpensive wireless headphone sets available from many manufacurers, including sony.

    The units are simply ugly and seem to be built from very cheap looking plastic.

    Purporting that this has any kind of iPod functionality is simply ridiculous. According to the article, it does not even work reliably (sound is distorted and with breakes).

    I have a very good looking Sony Wireless Stereo Headphone set, rated to 100 meters, that cost about 80 dolars. It has a very good sound quality ,almost indistinguishable from a good wired headphone set of the same size (big), and it works flawlessly all over my two floor house.

    So, who wants this Albatron thing?
  • ss284 - Thursday, September 23, 2004 - link

    nvm, they are $80
  • ss284 - Thursday, September 23, 2004 - link

    Does anyone know where you can get those headphones? They look incredible. Audio-technica's site makes no mention of them whatsoever.

  • dspiral - Thursday, September 23, 2004 - link

    I want this work!! I have been waiting for a wireless portable player to stream my football games / mp3's / internet streams on sundays while I am cutting the lawn, working on the car, etc.

    does something like this exist? How difficult could this be? I had high hopes for the Widio...


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