I mean, really. Do you have to wonder why traditionally big companies are going the way of the dodo? It’s because their god damn R&D departments getting the go-ahead for products that make no market sense — not for that price range anyway.
Here’s the latest one from HP: the HP MediaSmart Connect. It’s a streamer device for media. It also supports an optional hard drive. It costs $349. Read the link for more tech specs info.
Ok, now let me ask you. Why in the love of God, would ANYONE, buy THAT product over a Sony PS3. The Sony PS3 costs $399, it can pretty much do everything that this HP device can, but it also comes with a 40 GB (and easily upgradeable) hard drive, you can play games with it, have Internet access through it if desired, and most importantly, you can playback Blu-Ray movies too. Additionally, the PS3 can playback m2t & m2ts/mts HD files directly from a consumer HD camcorder, and it even supports AVCHD HD video written on plain DVD disks (poor man’s home Blu-Ray disks).
And don’t get me started about the marketing games of the HP press release. They talk about HDMI and how you can connect the device to an HDTV, but they say NOTHING about being able to decode full 1080p video rather than just upconverting (the PS3 can). Also, they don’t mention anything about being able to playback h.264 video (they only mention MPEG4, but MPEG4 doesn’t always mean AVC h.264). No h.264 mentioning, no dice.
So honestly, there are zero reasons for someone to buy this fugly HP thing. Whoever bends and buys it without doing some research first, is as high as HP itself for bringing it to the market in the first place. This is epic failure.
Sure I’d buy this device. But not for a dollar over $150 (if it has 1080p decoding support), or just $100 if it only decodes 480p video (and then just upconverts to HD). But at the current price it must be a joke.