AV PowerBooks: Is This What Apple Needs?

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Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004, 08:49
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Insanely Great Mac’s Remy Davison writes about the new trend in AV notebook computers:

Digitimes notes that Dell and Asustek will launch ‘AV’ notebooks shortly to compete with Toshiba’s range of Qosmio portables, The new notebooks will feature ‘TV and audio’ functionality, as well as DVD recording.
The question is whether Apple needs to match this in its PowerBook line. Desktop Media Center PCs have become increasingly popular in recent quarters, reportedly having some impact on the sales of notebooks.
No PCMCIA/CardBus TV solution for the PowerBook exists to my knowledge, although EyeTV and other USB solutions abound. Although an Apple-developed internal or CardBus TV card may not be a deal-clincher, it would add considerably to the PowerBook’s already formidable array of multimedia support. With FireWire DV and DVD burning, plus DVDSP, iMovie and iDVD, Apple already leads the industry in many respects.
Read the rest of the article at IGM.


Insanely Great Mac’s Remy Davison writes about the new trend in AV notebook computers:

Digitimes notes that Dell and Asustek will launch ‘AV’ notebooks shortly to compete with Toshiba’s range of Qosmio portables, The new notebooks will feature ‘TV and audio’ functionality, as well as DVD recording.
The question is whether Apple needs to match this in its PowerBook line. Desktop Media Center PCs have become increasingly popular in recent quarters, reportedly having some impact on the sales of notebooks.
No PCMCIA/CardBus TV solution for the PowerBook exists to my knowledge, although EyeTV and other USB solutions abound. Although an Apple-developed internal or CardBus TV card may not be a deal-clincher, it would add considerably to the PowerBook’s already formidable array of multimedia support. With FireWire DV and DVD burning, plus DVDSP, iMovie and iDVD, Apple already leads the industry in many respects.
Read the rest of the article at IGM.

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