Posts Tagged ‘HD’

Mass Effect 2 Issues Unfixable

February 8, 2010

It seems that those who’ve found that they have issues with Bioware’s phenomenally successful Mass Effect 2 on standard-definition TVs are out of luck, with the developer indicating that a fix is impossible.

For those who’ve been blissfully unaware of the trouble, it seems that anyone trying to play Mass Effect 2 on a TV that doesn’t display in some flavour of high-definition (it seems that 1080p isn’t a requirement, you should be fine with 720p) has been having trouble with text. The issue stems from the face that the text in Mass Effect 2 seems to have been sized with high-definition TVs in mind, meaning that it’s so small that it essentially becomes unreadable on older displays.

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DVD and Blu-Ray Prices to Rise?

February 2, 2010

It seems that prices for Blu-Ray and DVD could well rise over the course of the next couple of months, due to increasing costs of manufacturing blank discs.

Prices could rise in the coming months...

Word comes via Digitimes of the rising cost of polycarbonate, which is one of those “can’t do without” materials when it comes to manufacturing disc-based media. While the price of polycarbonate has already been on the rise, it’s been reported that if the price of raw materials continues to rise when we can expect to see that cost passed on to those of us on the opposite end.

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Smart Networking – IP Over Power

January 29, 2010

When it comes to home networking, it seems that most people are served very well indeed by a relatively straightforward wireless router. There’s no real mystery to it, a router just has enough coverage to envelop most houses. Still, there are some who, for one reason or another, just can’t use a router. In those cases, IP over power can be a refreshing change.

Check out our page for the Belkin IP over power arrangement :)

People can have any number of reasons for moving away from wireless: for some it’s just that their house is too big (or of too-dense construction) to allow solid wireless access, for others its that their desktop is their gaming machine, and on the wrong end of the house to their router. These things happen. Indeed, our Country Manager recently found himself in such a bind…

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Nvidia Working On Second Generation ION

December 23, 2009

Nvidia is already hard at work on a second-generation version of its ION platform for netbooks with a need for high-end graphics. Word of a second generation ION follows news of Intel’s next-generation Atom line.

Nvidia’s ION has a bit of a love-hate relationship with Intel. The ION itself is powered, at its core, by an Intel Atom processor, so the whole point for Nvidia is that it has to stay nice and tight with Intel when it comes to compatibility and getting its hands on processors. At the same time, the company is competing directly with Intel in the netbook space for graphics with its GMA line.

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Blu-Ray Still Trailing DVD

December 15, 2009

It’s strange to think that Blu-Ray has already been with us for fully four years, but we’ve already hit the point where we should be seeing the high-definition disc-medium start to supplant DVD.

Still, it seems that Blu-Ray is certainly doing well for itself. According to the Wall Street Journal, Universal Studios’ president is fairly pleased with the company’s sales of Blu-Ray. Universal’s sales were divided up between DVD and Blu-Ray with a 70:30 ratio in favour of DVD. It seems that Universal is fairly well pleased with the shift towards high-definition content, though many have been quick to highlight that Blu-Ray’s adoption isn’t anywhere close to matching that of DVD in its opening four years.

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YouTube To Launch FullHD Video

November 16, 2009

YouTube has announced that it is to bump its streaming quality up to 1080p, for those who have a device capable of showing video at that resolution.

YouTube logo

According to a post on the official YouTube blog, the current “high quality” option for videos on YouTube sees video streamed at 720p, which does still qualify as “high definition” but for many isn’t considered to be true HD, a title often bandied around during the early days of this console generation and the days when HD-DVD and Blu-Ray started to appear.

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Nintendo Says No to Wii HD

November 9, 2009

Nintendo has dismissed industry analysts’ claims that it is currently working on a new version of its motions sensitive Wii games console that would be capable of outputting images in high definition.

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Rumours that Nintendo is working on a high definition capable version of the Wii have been around almost since the device’s launch, when the world and it’s mother seemed to think that there was no better option for a current generation console. Now though, Kotaku is reporting that Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime responded to questions about a high definition Wii by saying,

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Stock at the PUP

November 6, 2009

Hey there all, from time to time we like to update people on items that we have in stock at our Dublin Pickup Point (or the PUP). Basically, if something is really popular and doesn’t take up a monumental amount of space, we try to have a couple in stock locally to save people the trouble of ordering it.

At the moment, we have some items that we think people might actually like, some are a bit cheaper than the price listed on our web page too… so if you decide to buy at the PUP you’ll not only save yourself the trouble of ordering online, but you can just show up now and pick it up, saving you delivery time too.

We were most happy to be able to sort one of our Twitter followers (the ever charming @Shiminay) out with a hard drive when he was in a bit of a pinch yesterday, so with any luck we’ll be able to do the same for more people by telling you guys what we have available at the PUP.

Battlestar

Click through to check out our Corsair Voyager page :)

At the moment we have Corsair’s Flash Voyager for €19.50, a USB stick that (thanks to the helpful @Feylya) we’ve come to know simply as “The Battlestar” for a combination of its shape and extreme durability. We can’t advise you to do nightmarish things to it, but it is water proof… white water rafting while transporting important data is at last a possibility.

It’s something people like to see as local stock because somehow there always seems to be a day when someone suddenly realises a need for some removable storage.

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How To: Get Your Digital Media to Your TV

October 28, 2009

We get asked a lot about getting digital media from a PC or a piece of large-scale digital storage directly onto a nice, big display. Generally, these questions come from people looking to get their high-definition content onto their HDTV. With that in mind, we’re going to go through a few of the different ways to get some content from your PC to your TV without any big headaches.

We’ll start with dedicated devices and then work from there, but basically there are about three or four fairly easy ways to get your video library from your hard drive to your TV without burning a mountain of DVDs, which is (let’s face it) both awkward and honestly feels a bit transient.

Dedicated Media Player:

The first option, by far the easiest in terms of technical skill needed to get everything together, is to just pick up a dedicated media player. The whole thing needn’t take longer than the time it takes to copy across all of your media, though the down side is that you’ll need to sort yourself out with both a media player and storage (if you go with some of the more popular media players).

Click through to see our page on the WD TV HD Media Player :)

By far the most popular media player we sell is Western Digital’s WD TV HD Media Player. It’s nice and simple, all you need to do is plug it into the display itself (HDMI ports would be ideal), plug in an external drive and you’re ready to go. The WD TV comes highly recommended and very well reviewed. Moreover, we’ve now got the Western Digital TV Mini too, though it outputs at DVD quality rather than in HD.

To quote the folks from TrustedReviews, “… while we’ve come across all sorts of variations on the ‘getting my multimedia stored on my computer to play on my living room TV’ theme, this is the first that has taken such a simple and effective approach”

Of course, you’ll need to grab some extra storage if you pick it up. Normally we recommend that people consider very carefully whether they’ll get the use out of a drive that will have to be plugged into a wall socket, but given the fact that the drive will likely be in near-continuous use in the same place, so it’s nowhere near as big an issue.

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Product Spotlight – WDTV HD Media Player

September 24, 2009

Hey there all, hopefully your week is going as well as ours. For those of you who follow the blog regularly, you’re probably already familiar with our Thursday afternoon Product Spotlight post, but for those of you who don’t know about it there’s no reason not to go back over it a bit.

Basically, once a week we recommend a single product that one member of the Komplett staff has bought and is thought warranted a recommendation for those of you out there who might not otherwise encounter it.

Click through to see the WD TV product page

Click through to see the WD TV product page

Western Digital’s TV is basically a small set-top box. It’s got its own remote, acts as a USB host and is capable of decoding and playing back high definition content. The interface is also far prettier than most of the other media players out there.

So, as you might have guessed, the idea is that you just plug in an external hard drive and it’ll let you play any of the media on the device out directly from the drive to a TV. It’s ideal for those of you who don’t feel like investing the time and effort in putting together a home theatre PC, but would still like the ability to play a library of videos of any size directly out to a display.

The WDTV HD Media player itself is €89 and you can see the extensive list of different formats it supports, as well as customer reviews, over on its product page.

Of course, for some this will necessitate picking up an extra external drive. If you’re a bit judicious you can use a drive you’ve got lying around, but frankly the amount of swapping a drive in and out it’ll cause can be a bit of a headache. If you’re looking for a nice external to just sit out of the way and take a full TB of media, then we recommend the Western Digital Elements, if only because you’ll be hard pressed to find an external 1TB drive for the same price and it’s a solid piece of kit.

Click through to see the product page for the Western Digital Elements

Click through to see the product page for the Western Digital Elements

The Western Digital Elements is €77 and if you’re interested you should check out our product page for it. It’s been excellently reviewed, with all of the customers who’ve bought it and reviewed it giving it full marks :)


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