Sep 02 2014

News - NETGEAR Announces Nighthawk X4 AC2350 "Wave 2" 802.11AC Gigabit Router

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 AC2350 "Wave 2" 802.11AC Gigabit Router 

Fresh on the heels of their flagship Nighthawk X6 R8000, NETGEAR is bringing out the Nigthhawk X4 R7500 router. The main differentiator with this four-stream “AC2350” (1733+600Mbps) device is the inclusion of Mutli-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) making it an 802.11AC “Wave 2” device. With four AC streams available the peak theoretical bandwidth on 5GHz rises to 1733Mbps (from 1300Mbps in “Wave 1” devices), but also drops back towards the traditional one-radio-per-frequency design so the total bandwidth available to all devices is lower than with the X6’s two 5GHz radios, which explains the difference in branding monikers (AC2350 v. AC3200) and price ($279 v. $299). Like the previous models, NETGEAR is making an effort to differentiate their products against the competition with significant firmware and software value-adds, but in this case there are pretty dramatic deltas at the hardware level as well.

Aug 29 2014

Review - Linksys WRT1900AC Review

Visiting the Linksys booth at CES we saw a very large Wireless AC Gigabit Router they were showing off called the WRT1900AC. They designed it to look like the old WRT54G router that was very popular when released back in 2002 due to its open architecture which sparked the modified router software evolution such as DD-WRT, Tomato, and others which allowed users to tweak their router on their own rather than being limited to just the software from the vendor. Similar retro look but designed with two extra antennas for a total of four. Those four antennas (three main antennas and one backup) help with maximum coverage and reliability. This router also has a dual core ARM Processor keep multiple simultaneous data transfers at top speeds so everyone in the house can maintain the highest speeds necessary to do any task thrown at the router. Linksys, a Belkin company, is coming out of the gate swinging at the other top AC routers on the market. At $249.99 MSRP, the Linksys WRT1900AC is quite a bit more than other 1900AC routers.

Aug 19 2014

News - Roku TV Smart TV Platform Shipping Soon

There are a lot of reasons to like Roku for its collection of content (aka Channels), simplicity, or [my favorite feature] the unified search, but would rather have the experience built into your Smart TV it looks like Hisense and TCL will be shipping models very soon that solve this problem for you.

Just like our Roku players, Roku TV offers an exceptional streaming experience filled with endless entertainment choices. But we didn’t just stick a Roku player inside the TV. We enhanced the Roku operating system to power the entire TV experience. That means we’ve applied our philosophy of simple and powerful across the entire TV – from the home screen to the remote control to picture settings. Combining the Roku OS with our partners expertise in TV hardware design, manufacturing and scale, we’re thrilled to deliver  the best Smart TV in the market.

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TCL and Hisense continue to climb in popularity among consumers, as the world’s third and fourth best selling TV brands, respectively. They are quickly establishing themselves as leaders in the U.S.

Hisense Roku TVs will be available in 40-inch, 48-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch models from major national retailers beginning in late September.

TCL Roku TVs are available for pre-order now from Amazon.com in 32-inch, 40-inch, 48-inch and 55-inch models. TCL Roku TVs will be available through major national retailers in the coming weeks.

Roku

Aug 08 2014

Review - Simple.Tv and Tablo - Showdown of Free Over the Air TV DVRs

Utilizing over the Air (OTA) broadcast television has been growing in popularity recently as the move towards “cord cutting” and lowering utility bills has increased in importance. For Home Theater PC (HTPC) users, the options were always plentiful and simple—toss an ATSC or SiliconDust networked tuner card into your computer, connect it to an antenna, and voila—free high definition television. OTA provides plenty of free content with channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and more depending on how close to the antennas the home is in your city. For users without an HTPC however, the choices have been somewhat limited to a select few costly DVR’s such as TiVo, the now extinct Boxee OTA cloud based DVR, or connecting just their televisions directly but not having the ability to record or timeshift. Simple.TV’s Simple.TV 2 powered by SiliconDust and Nuvyyo’s Tablo hope to change this ecosystem by providing dual tuner DVR capabilities with a different pricing technique. When we received both units within a week of each other so it seemed natural to pit them against each other in a head to head evaluation—may the best network enabled OTA DVR win.

SimpleTV vs Tablo

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Aug 05 2014

Review - BenQ W7500 Projector Review

The BenQ W7500 projector is a work of art, or should I say can display any work of art; it is a beautiful projector and picture. This projector is built for your house and gets you man[or woman]-cave ready for sports, movies or gaming. Forget the theory that projectors should be for occasional use--you will want to use this projector every day. It has crystal clear picture on any wall or screen with 60000:1 Ultra High Contrast Ratio. With dual HDMI connections, VGA, RGB (Component), S-Video, Composite (RCA), USB, 12Volt DC, and RS-232 control it provides enough inputs for most installations. The W7500 is designed to give you the biggest and best picture at close proximity, other than short throw projectors, than many of the other projectors in this market. So sit back and enjoy the show in 2D or 3D with this 1080p DLP projector, with a retail price of $2799, check out the review below to see if this top of the line home projector is coming to your house following this review. 

BenQ W7500 Front Left PR Shot

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