CES 2007: Wrap Up

by Gary Key on January 24, 2007 2:00 AM EST
CES 2007 will probably be remembered best as a show that concentrated on the refinement of consumer products that already have market acceptance along with the maturation of digital convergence products. We have only looked at a small subsection of products that were available for viewing. At times it felt like we had seen the same product at least a dozen times when walking through the various consumer sites showing row after row of plasma, LCD, or DLP screens. Every once in a while we would notice something that would catch our eye, but overall the show was fairly bland which allowed us to concentrate on actual discussions about the products we were interested in rather than standing in an hour long line to view some hot new item.

NETGEAR: Digital Entertainment

NETGEAR, Inc. is a worldwide provider of technologically advanced networking products for both consumers and small to medium businesses.

The Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) was the first product we viewed at NETGEAR's booth, and it's a set-top digital media receiver that can automatically discover HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple PCs. It organizes these into a single media library than can then be displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on the computer. The unit is expected to ship in late March at a price of $349.

With the included Windows PC software, the Digital Entertainer HD enables users to listen to music from iTunes and view YouTube videos and access their PC desktop from their living room or other areas in the house. Using the included remote, users can search their entire media library by multiple criteria including title, actor, date, genre or thumbnail images (from photos, album art or DVD covers). When the PC has an optional TV tuner installed, users can schedule recordings and pause or rewind live broadcasts using the unit without the need for an additional DVR device. The product also plays internet radio directly and can access RSS news feeds and local and national NOAA Weather and maps.

Multiple receivers can work in concert throughout a home. Using "Follow Me," users can pause a video in one room and resume it in another. Another option is "Party Mode," where users can synchronize video or music playback for whole home listening. They can also plug in their USB flash drives, iPods, or other USB storage devices directly into a Digital Entertainer HD to instantly access and play high-resolution digital media.

The Digital Entertainer HD includes one HDMI port (up to 1080P support) for digital AV connectivity, RCA connectors for composite and component video outputs, stereo RCA audio ports, coaxial and optical digital audio outputs, an S-video port, and a SCART connector for regions requiring it. The digital media receiver decodes most leading audio formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, M4A, AAC, AC3), purchased music from iTunes on Windows (M4P), video formats (MPEG1/2/4, WMV, Xvid, H.264) and image formats (JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF). It integrates a 10/100Base-T Ethernet controller, support for 802.11g wireless networking (with WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK support), and two USB 2.0 ports. It also supports multiple interoperability standards, including Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP AV), Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and Microsoft Windows Media DRM 10 for Network Devices.

NETGEAR and Acer
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  • WT - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - link

    Holy Bajesus .. that Zalman HSF is a board breaker .... it looks like a Civic spare tire sitting on the board.
  • xsilver - Thursday, January 25, 2007 - link

    i guess u have yet to see the tuniq tower?
    at least this zalman has a low centre of gravity
  • semo - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - link

    that tt soprano dx looks awfully similar to the cm wavemaster.
  • kleinwl - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - link


    Did you talk to Antec about their PSU failures? Are they doing anything to improve it? I've had 2 SP-450s fail in a row (2nd being a replacement for the first) with less than 100 hours of service.
  • sprockkets - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - link

    Saw them at Circuit city, they are quite cool, I think they have 3.5 hdd in them somehow. I do not seem them for sale anymore at Circuit city, and the one at newegg has no built in wifi and is more expensive.
  • syncmaster - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - link

    Gary, can you confirm if the first Acer monitor you show has a glossy screen because it states on Acer's website that is has crystalbrite technology like all their other 5 series. I believe this monitor is AL2251W which would make it the first 22" widescreen glossy monitor.

    Many thanks.

  • IntelUser2000 - Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - link

    On the second page: " Intel 946GZ chipset with X3000 integrated graphics, up to 2GB of DDR2-667, 160GB..."

    should be

    "Intel 946GZ chipset with 3000 integrated graphics, up to 2GB of DDR2-667, 160GB..."

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