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BY J MARK LYTLE

Muscle power

Sony’s high-end ents machine is for the seriously rich only

It’s not easy finding a PC these days whose manufacturer doesn’t trumpet the joys of all things televisual in an effort to shift more units. Given our ingrained loathing of the boob tube, it’s with gritted teeth that we report the astonishing excess of Sony’s newest entertainment machine. The Vaio VGX-X90P costs—let’s pause here for dramatic effect—1 million of your Japanese yen and is a TV-lovin’ hunk of fun. Inside its gleaming case, you’ll find six analog TV tuners, one of which does bilingual, and up to 1TB (that’s one terabyte, or about a million Mb) of hard disk space. Moreover, the 23-in widescreen LCD is swanky enough for high-definition TV (HDTV) and has its own digital tuner. With a rig like this, it’s a breeze to record every terrestrial broadcast simultaneously for about a week, but when would you find time to watch it all?
www.vaio.sony.co.jp/Products/VGX-X90P (Japanese)

 


No loan required

A more affordable option from Sharp

Should you be neither rich enough nor sufficiently stupid to drop a mil on Sony’s beast, perhaps Sharp’s ¥350,000 alternative will provide a better fit. With a similar raison d’être, the Mebius PC-TX26GS PC avoids the sledgehammer/nut situation by offering a single TV tuner and an adequate 250Gb hard disk, presenting the whole TV recording caboodle through Sharp’s own StationAV software. The resulting front end (that’s what nerds call the menus and control panels, by the way) is rather pleasant to look at and easy to use, as are the remote handset and the wireless keyboard and mouse. Even easier on the eye is the included 26-in screen, which sports its own tuner, allowing it to work as a standalone HDTV.
www.sharp.co.jp/mebius (Japanese)

 


Everything but the sink

A Swiss-Army knife of a portable music player

We’ve featured more wannabe iPod killers here than most Charisma Men have had nampa nights, but this latest gigabeat from Toshiba might just have a chance. In the thingy-measuring stakes, the F60’s 60Gb hard drive tops Apple’s biggest by 50 percent, plus there’s a dinky 2.2-in color screen that can show track info and porno pics. OK, any kind of images will do, but the clincher might be this player’s ability to handle MP3 and WMA format music files. In other words, that means more choice for the end user. Admittedly, the F60 is likely to cost a hefty ¥65,000, but give it a few months and we could see a little discount action.
www.toshiba.co.jp/mobileav/audio (Japanese)

 


Svelte & Snappy

More is merrier, as Panny’s D-Snap flagship improves significantly

Panasonic can always be relied in to come up with the goods—or in this case, the even-betters—and the company’s additions to its D-Snap range of video cameras/music players are no letdowns. The pair both record video at 30 frames per second, with a supposed high-definition mode. They differ in that the AS30 (¥32,000) is about a centimeter thick, with the AS3 (¥28,000) fatter but with a better battery that can keep on keepin’ on for 36 hours. The 1.5-in viewfinder on both also doubles as a monitor should you wish to watch movies or TV copied over from a PC while giving yourself eyestrain.
http://panasonic.jp/d-snap (Japanese)

 

 


Tapeless wonder

JVC’s newest stores flicks on a hard drive

We don’t feature JVC often, mainly because its products tend to be a bit, well, dull, but the company’s marketing machine intrigued us when it went gaga this summer, running a tease campaign urging the press to guess what the new Everio was. The fact that it turned out to be a solid-state video camera was a welcome surprise. The ¥110,000 lens ’corder includes a 4Gb Microdrive and a 10x optical zoom, as well as slots for other memory cards, so you won’t have to ditch all your existing media. It even comes in two different designs, giving the choice of a traditional side grip (GZ-MC200) or a new-fangled vertical alignment (GZ-MC100). A 2-megapixel sensor and MPEG-2 video recording complete a nice little package.?
www.jvc-victor.co.jp/dvmain/gz-mc100_200/index.html (Japanese)

 



Hanging by a thread

Fun phones from the masters of mirth

Finally, a quick nod goes to Takara for its latest piece of genius. The IP Thread Telephone is a colorful phone that does the Internet thing to shun the regular phone carriers. If you’re really interested, we could tell you that it uses IPv6, which is very 21st century, and has its own Ethernet port, but we know the fact it can hook up with a bunch of Takara toys to make them sing and dance while you yak is where it’s at. It’s currently a prototype only, but look out for this telephonic treat sometime next year.
www.takara.co.jp (Japanese)


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