Collins America is pushing a vaguely familiar display design in their new Mini DisplayPort-equipped, Macintosh-friendly LCDs. While they do have Mini DisplayPort technology and a combined USB/Video cable, they look painfully knock-offy. Hopefully other DisplayPort options open up….soon.
Unsurprisingly, they are cheap at:
$299 1440 x 900 19-inch
$399 1650 x 1050 20-inch
$499 1920 x 1080 24-inch displays
Where I work, I’d get fired for even showing this to a designer. Closing window now.
Talking about HP’s MediaSmart Home Servers always reminds us what a huge opportunity Apple is missing out on by not offering a competing product for Apple users. A Mini-Xserve or Jumbo Time Capsule with these capabilities shouldn’t be hard to produce and would be a big hit in our opinion. But let’s get to the details of how HP is eating Apple’s cake.
HP’s latest MediaSmart Servers, the ex487 and ex485 (only – the older ones don’t have the horsepower), now have the capability to stream videos over the LAN or over the Internet to your iPhone or iPod touch. The server automatically takes your media files and in the background gets to converting them into smaller H.264 format for speedy optimized file transfers. The original files can be AVI (DivX, XviD, MJPEG), MOV, DVR-MS, MPEG-2, MP4, MPEG-4, WMV and unprotected DVD VOB.
While the files don’t work natively on the iPhone (strange?), they will with help from HP’s upcoming iStream application (if it gets accepted). HP’s servers also support streaming to many other file types for other devices.