FIC was proudly showing off the Elonex eXentia Media Centre system. Of course thatâ€™s hardly surprising since itâ€™s FIC that actually builds the machine. Even after six months the eXentia is still the best Media Centre solution you can buy.
The eXentia looks as good now as it always did.
Building on the success of the eXentia, FIC is developing a digital entertainment box that will work in conjunction with your existing TV rather than with an integrated screen like the eXentia. The somewhat unoriginally named â€œEntertainment PCâ€ is a living room Media Centre system that connects to your existing TV and sound system, thus giving you as large a display as you like.
The Entertainment PC could be the centre of your AV setup.
Running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, the Entertainment PC will be able to act as the ultimate living room AV system, with playback and recording functionality, backed up with electronic programme guides and all the other features of Media Center. The box is still in prototype stage, and if the eXentia is anything to go by, it will look a lot sexier by the time it hits the streets.
FIC definitely isnâ€™t resting on its laurels as far as Media Center goes. Also on the stand was a prototype of a Portable Media Center device. This slightly bulky looking black box resembled the Creative device that I saw at CES in January. And although I initially thought it was a dummy unit, one of the FIC staff turned it on for me and I was amazed to see it power up and function.
FIC is keeping up with Creative with its portable Media Center solution.
As well as the integrated 20GB hard disk, the portable Media Center device also has an SD card slot, so you can load data into it and transfer data from it.
And proving that FIC isnâ€™t obsessed with Media Center, there was also a thin client AV streaming box in evidence. The device looked very bare, finished in brushed silver and sporting memory card slots on the front.
Thin client entertainment centres are also on FICâ€™s roadmap.
The Digital Media Adapter will stream data from a remote PC via either Ethernet or built-in WiFi. The device will then output the stream via analogue and S/PDIF for audio and S-Video, composite video, component video and DVI for video.