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|The convergence of entertainment and computing
has lead to a new class of personal computers
that are designed to be the centerpiece for
new entertainment centers. Called "entertainment
PC's" by their manufacturers and the
press, this new breed merges the digitalized
audio and video of entertainment with the
high performance power and convenience of
personal computing. In short, they are the
new brains and repository for your digital
When shopping for your entertainment
here are some considerations:
Finally, don't overlook backward compatibility.
While most entertainment today is available
in a digital format, a lot of treasured collections
still exist as analog recordings. Make sure
your new entertainment PC has the ability
to interface to them as well.
- storage capability - look for large and expandable
online capacity storage of audio and video.
One of the driving forces behind entertainment
PC's is the need to centralize information.
You should be able to load your music and
video collection as well as add new works
without having to go to off line storage
- connectivity - look for systems that interface
to the internet, cable-TV, home theater systems,
speakers, projectors, TV's, and portable
audio and video devices
- communications - look for systems that provide
fast wireless connectivity for quick and
easy transfer to portable devices. They should
have a range that will allow you to run a
wireless device from anywhere in your home.
If you live in an apartment, inquire about
protection from interference from you neighbors'
- user interface - look for easy controls for
everything from data transfer to setting
up video recording
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