By Chris Scott Barr
If you live in a dorm, or just happen to do all of your computing and gaming in the same room, you might not have room for your monitors and a TV. As long as you’ve got a monitor with an HDMI input, you don’t have to worry about the extra display. But what if you’ve got a nice new 27-inch iMac sitting on your desk? Wouldn’t it be great if you could use that to play your PS3 or 360 games on? So far your only option has been to try using a TV tuner card, which generally causes lag. Belkin, however, has a new solution.
The new AV360 Mini DisplayPort Converter takes any HDMI signal, and converts it for use with at miniDisplayPort connector. This would then be inserted into your iMac (27-inch only) so that you can use it as a monitor. You will also need a free USB port on your iMac, as the device needs it for power.
There are two downsides to this product. First, while it accepts full 1080p signals, it will only output at a maximum of 720p, which can be a bit of a downer. Also, the $150 price may seem rather steep to some. However, if you have limited space, it would be a worthwhile investment.