By David Ponce
There are these gadgets that are just so boring to write about because, lets face it, all they ever do is gradually improve on their specs: smaller, faster, cheaper. I’m not a big fan of slow evolution in consumer electronics, but then again not everything can be revolutionary. It’s interesting to see manufacturers trying, and the BryteWerks ModelOne Projector is a stab in the right direction. It’s really just a nice projector with a full fledged media center machine fuzed to it. The media center part comes with a “Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU and it also packs in a slot-loaded Blu-ray player, up to 2 terabytes of storage – including a 500 gigabyte Solid State Drive, plus built-in Wi-fi and Ethernet.” The software is handled through a customized version of XBMC, which I’m a big fan on. On the projector side you get “ultra-wide 105 mm adjustable prime lens, an ultra-high brightness of 6,000 – 11,000 lumens, a 1000:1 True Contrast Ratio, a 1:1 throw of 1 foot to 50 feet, and it’s capable of producing a full 16:10 widescreen HD 1080p resolution.” There’s a small 720p touchscreen on the back though most interaction with the machine is probably done right on your projection screen. Rounding out the specs and justifying its price tag you have “dual HDMI and USB ports and 5.1 individual analog surround sound outputs.”
Now for the sticker shock: $2,449.00, $2,999.00, $3,999.00 and $5,999.00. Available from January 9th, right when CES kicks off.