Plextor showed off its PlexMedia networked media player during the Computex trade show in Taipei recently, as the company plans to enter the living room.
The PlexMedia has HDMI 1.3a support, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and three USB 2.0 ports, according to the company. Owners can use a USB port to plug in a WI-Fi USB dongle, and can fit a 3.5-inch HDD into the media player. The company also offers built-in support for BitTorrent, UPnP SSDP, DLNA, and other easy-to-use methods of connecting the device directly into the TV.
The PlexMedia player also has an attachable external Blu-ray player, the PX-B120U USB BD-ROM, which can be connected to a PC as well.
“As always, Plextor is proud to announce new, convenient solutions for its consumers,” Plextor Marketing Manater Christine Hsing said in a press statement. “These new Blu-ray solutions, as well other additions to our diverse lineup, offer the Plextor audience even more high-quality options for their everyday lives.”
The Plextor PlexMedia player will be available in early September for $190, while the Blu-ray add on will be released in August for $150.
I think this is a reliable offering from Plextor, especially with many TV viewers now interested in streaming content. I think charging $150 for the add-on Blu-ray player may be a bit much, but it’ll be interesting to see what the market thinks of the two products.