Yesterday HP launched a handful of new consumer-class monitors dubbed the “x-Series”. So what’s the news here? Well the screens, ranging from 20 to 23 inches all share some amazing new specs. They are all about an inch thick and they all feature mercury-free light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting. LED backlighting is going to be featured in HP monitors moving forward (including the 25 and 27 inch models that will debut on December 19th). What is nice about LED backlighting is that it can achieve very high contrast ratios, great performance and do it all at nearly half the energy consumption …

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Hello, I am currently planning on building an XBMC media center PC and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on some hardware that could run it, is relatively small and quiet, and can output 1080p video and HD 5.1 audio. If anyone has any experience in this, please let me know what you think.

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USING THE ACER ASPIRE 1410 LAPTOP AS AN HD MEDIA CENTER PC: A STEP-BY-STEP ILLUSTRATED TUTORIAL [I]This tutorial is not intended to be a full review of the Acer Aspire 1410 ultraportable laptop PC. It assumes that you already familiar with the machine and are looking to learn how to exploit its full capabilities for use as an HD media center PC in your home theater. Keep in mind that the Aspire 1410 isn't the only laptop than can be used as a media center PC. While I feel the Aspire is the best choice for this purpose, the information …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]19572[/ATTACH]Hewlett Packard recently launched a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story331553.html"]new line of x-Series LED backlit LCD monitors[/URL]. Sitting at the top of the size chart in that line is the HP 2711x, a gorgeous 27-inch monitor that enhances the look of any desktop system. HP packs several new features and technologies into this new display, starting with a cooler, more efficient backlight. By replacing the traditional cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) with a new LED (Light Emitting Diode), the backlighting consumes nearly half the energy while achieving higher contrast ratios, earning this monitor a 5.0 ENERGY STAR rating. As large as it is, the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18413[/ATTACH]Are all [URL="http://www.hdmi.org/learningcenter/faq.aspx"]HDMI[/URL] cables created equal? Without lab equipment it is difficult to tell the difference between HDMI [or any cables] at short lengths [under 6 feet]. But signals traveling greater distances do degrade and that is a fact. The longer the wire, the greater the resistance and weaker the signal or current on the receiving end. Here is a round-up comparison of a handful of HDMI cables, designed to provide a 1080p picture at the end of a 50 foot run. This is not a very complex and technical review, just a simple test to show what can be …

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