It's been a while since we've seen a brand-new media centre - Sony's Vaio all-in-one PCs and the HP Touchsmart all in one PCs having largely filled this niche. However, Compro is banking on consumer interest in high-definition video and offers H.264 playback on its VideoMate T1000W HD Network Media Centre.
The T1000W has a Full HD 1,920x1,080p flatpanel display, a DVB-T TV tuner, HDMI and S-Video connections, wireless LAN and Ethernet. The Network Media Centre comes with up to 1TB of storage and wireless g networking.
As well as showing off content stored locally, the media centre acts as a Connected TV, optimising web pages from a preset list of sources. It also includes a BitTorrent client so partially downloaded video clips can start playing while the remainder finishes downloading in the background. A silent fan ensures your enjoyment is not marred by background whirring as you listen to music or watch a film.
As well as H.264 video, the Compro VideoMate media centre can play Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2 and Mpeg-4 video, WMV9 and AVI, VOB and MKV files. WMA, WAV and MP3 audio are supported, while photos saved as Jpeg images can be viewed as a slideshow.
The media centre has its own interface and programme guide and comes with a remote control.
Full details of the device can be found at www.comprousa.com.