While Ceton may be putting the Q Media Center project on hold for the time being their Windows Media Center Extender device is getting close to release. Today Ceton have announced the details of the new Ceton Echo extender that is due to go in to beta. I last saw the Extender at CES in January and since then it looks like it’s been on a crash diet. The Echo is tiny, it’s about the size of an Apple TV ( 3.9″ x 0.8″ x 4.3″) and consumes less than 5 watts which is a lot less than an Xbox 360 running in extender mode.
With the Echo you get a remote, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable and power supply. To connecting to the outside world it has HDMI, optical audio output and Ethernet connections. It’s a shame it doesn’t have Wi-Fi as it’s an extra cabling your going to need to need but I guess that would bump up the cost.
The Extender is going to cost $179 and be available for “Holiday 2012”. I should be getting hold of one soon and will be very keen to put it through it’s paces.
- Size: 3.9″ x 0.8″ x 4.3″
- Power Consumption: less than 5 watts
- Outputs: HDMI, Optical Digital Audio (TOSLINK)
- Other Connectors: USB 2.0, Mini USB (for power)
- Network: Ethernet (10/100/1000)
- Audio formats supported: Dolby Digital AC-3, MP3, PCM, WMA, WMA Pro
- Photo formats supported: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
- Video formats supported: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, WMV9