Alienware HTPC, with a twist

October 4, 2005

Alienware HTPCHTPC’s by and large have lacked one key piece of hardware to really push them over the edge into mass acceptance, touch screen controllers. Now I can already hear the groans from those who’ll say “you don’t need touch screens” or “my remote works just fine”, yeah sure, but you guys already own them…. It’s the other 99.9% of the population that need that killer-app/interface to nudge them from casual observer into full fledged believer. Argue my point all you want, but there’s nothing convenient about having to turn on a display to select a different song from your music collection.

Alienware will soon offer such a package that includes media server/HTPC and a color touch-screen remote control, with two-way communication via Wi-Fi. Alienware also appears to be readying set-top client’s that will interface with the HTPC, for localized viewing and control. At the beginning of this post I mentioned the “one key piece of hardware” being answered with AW’s Digital Home system, that however doesn’t really solve HTPC’s biggest dilemma.

Until HTPC’s are as easy to load and operate as a simple front loading DVD player (yes many will argue they already are, again you guys already own them, of course it’s easy) the average consumer will always opt for the simplest solution. That is at least unless he/she can be shown how truly superior HTPC’s are compared to multi box DVD/DVR/CATV units. As I mentioned in a previous post, the Xbox 360 may have the best chance thus far, of showing the average consumer that there’s more to home entertainment that just showing a DVD in a player and vegging out.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HTPC


Comments

  • Todd

    This thing does look interesting, but I find the video output options rather distressing. Just composite and S-Video or DVI-I, the latter of which doesn’t have much support in HDTVs, does it? (Every HDTV I’ve seen with DVI uses a DVI-D connector.)

    Or does Alienware intend to make a custom DVI-I to Component/HDMI adapter similar to what ATI has done with some of their Radeon graphics cards?

  • Todd

    This thing does look interesting, but I find the video output options rather distressing. Just composite and S-Video or DVI-I, the latter of which doesn’t have much support in HDTVs, does it? (Every HDTV I’ve seen with DVI uses a DVI-D connector.)

    Or does Alienware intend to make a custom DVI-I to Component/HDMI adapter similar to what ATI has done with some of their Radeon graphics cards?

  • As much as this interests me… MCE is not a killer UI.

    The hardware on media centers is certainly capable, but the software falls well short. Music management is sub-optimal and of course the full lack of HD content from your cable company

  • As much as this interests me… MCE is not a killer UI.

    The hardware on media centers is certainly capable, but the software falls well short. Music management is sub-optimal and of course the full lack of HD content from your cable company