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Apacer's Blu-ray 3D Solution

Computex 2010 Roundup: Coverage From The Show Floor
By , Dmitry Chekanov

Apacer showed off three new media player models following up on the successful AL460. As a reminder, the Apacer AL460 is very cheap (less than $100) HD media player based on a Realtek chipset. It can play almost any formats of video and audio (including Blu-ray) from flash drives, external USB hard drives, the network, and so on.

In the photo above, Apacer's AL830 was hidden (it's only a technical sample), but it played 3D Blu-ray animation from a hard drive (take a look at the TV screen). To the left is the new AL720. To the right is the new 670 model with DTS for Internet-based media playback.

Blu-ray 3D is not yet widely available, but you can already play it with the Apacer AL830. Thanks to the integrated 3D and HD technologies, Apacer's AL830 was delivering stunning details at the show in 3D. Of course, 3D content playback requires a 1080p 3D-capable TV with shutter glasses. The AL830 has a built-in 3.5" SATA hard drive and uses gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 interfaces with fast-enough data rates. USB 3.0, for instance, is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Thus, it can minimize the waiting time for transferring large HD media files weighing at gigabytes each.

In addition to the HD and 3D entertainment, the AL830 has Internet-based radio function, which allows users to listen to thousands of broadcast channels across the world. Furthermore, the NAS function, BitTorrent downloading, and “My Favorites” features make AL830 one the most versatile HD media player we've ever seen.

We haven't been able to get any information about the chipset Apacer is using here, nor any other hardware-related details, so we'll have to wait until this player hits the market.

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