At IFA, One For All is introducing a new programmable universal remote control and adding some features.
The youngest member of Hiper's slimline series of HTPCs now comes with a pre-installed micro-ATX motherboard.
Remote controls are must-haves for anything you need to control from the comfort of your couch. Siggy Moersch reviews six alternatives for making your Windows HTPC more living-room friendly.
In our final installment, Siggy surveys quiet graphics cards, TV tuner cards and products for multimedia control and display. And we finally show the details of both our test builds.
Part 2 of our build-your-own HTPC series surveys the wide world of motherboards, CPUs, memory and power supplies and comes up with the picks to match our chosen case.
The M-Play 202 represents an easy-to-set-up way to enhance your multimedia PC experience, especially with Media Center Edition. Comprising a remote control and a display panel to manage your Windows-based music, video and photo applications, the system quickly becomes something you can't live without.
Hype aside, is it really possible to build a PC that is quiet and does everything that a high-end remote-controlled set-top box can do? And don't forget it's got to look good in your living room, too.
Until now, DVD players with DivX support have been a good alternative to the noisy living room PC. Now the first multimedia boxes based on hard drives have arrived. They can store hundreds of gigabytes of video and play it directly from the hard drive, yet are hardly bigger than a paperback novel.
A multimedia PC is only accepted in the living room if it has the look of hi-fi equipment. THG introduces four such HTPC cases, and the toys that go with it like remote controls with special operating software for the sofa, motherboards and quiet cooling systems.
The iMON series from SoundGraph lets you equip any computer with a simple-to-use multimedia remote control. You can enjoy all of your PC's functionality from the comfort of your sofa.
The HD-3510 USB box for hard disks can be used not only to save data, but to play back DVD, DivX and MP3 files directly on your TV set. Film audio tracks are played back by the SPDIF output as real 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS signals. The drive box is also designed to play back HDTV in both 1080i or 720p formats.
You don't have to spend a lot on external hard drives and other storage devices. A new crop of enclosures and adapters offers hard drive backups for less money. We surveyed 15 devices to find out how cheap and easy backing up your PC's data can be.