Feeds

Turn your monitor into an HD TV, says Asus

Add-on box

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Want an HD TV on the cheap? Asus this week launched a box that'll turn a standard flat-panel PC monitor into a hi-def telly.

There's an element of 'solution seeking problem' here, we think. But bear with Asus for the moment. Its HDTV Suite-HDMI - as the box is called - incoporates inputs for HDMI, VGA/DVI, TV aerial, RCA stereo, and s-, composite- and component-video. It also has headphone, VGA/DVI and HDMI outputs.

Between them, inside the box, is a digital TV tuner and image processing technology of the kind found in regular HD TVs. It's able to generate a 1920 x 1200 picture, though 'full HD' 1080p - ie. 1920 x 1080 - should be sufficient.

Asus said the unit's aimed to consumers who "want to watch High Definition TV without requiring the purchase of a new and expensive LCD TV", the HDTV Suite-HDMI operating as "a multimedia center without the need to turn on the PC".

The question is, how many folk out there fall into this category? Buyers with the latest games consoles and/or hi-def media players will probably have invested in an HD TV already. People with HD-capable PCs will probably use that to watch HD content.

That leaves consumers with computers insufficiently powerful to generate a decent HD picture - or anyone who wants to get a DVI-equipped monitor for a lot less than an full-spec HD TV and use this box to feed it.

Alas, Asus didn't say how much the HDTV Suite-HDMI will set you back, so it's difficult to say right now whether it represents better value than, say, a decent graphics card and a USB TV tuner.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER
'Supply chain sources' give up the goss on new iLappy
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.