HP SLC3760N 37-inch MediaSmart LCD HDTV
A couple of years ago, when the Dells and Gateways of the world were trying to build a flat-panel TV business by rebranding products purchased from other manufacturers, HP was quietly engineering its own HDTVs from the ground up. So far, so good. The 1080p DLP rear projectors the company introduced last fall were a critical success, lauded by enthusiast magazines and Web sites for their excellent picture quality and innovative features.
Although digital media adapters and media extender add-ons for Media Center PCs have been around, there are advantages to this integrated approach. Of course, you get rid of the extra box, but there are performance benefits to knowing the display's screen characteristics in advance: Still images and video streamed to the TV can be optimized, and in this case, the system can even stream high-def in the form of WMV-HD files.
Perhaps more critically, a two-piece, multi-vendor streaming solution assumes a level of technical expertise on the part of the consumer that HP hopes to leapfrog here with simplified setup and functionality built into the TV's own menu system and remote. It's assumed that you already have a wired or wireless network, but, theoretically anyway, the MediaSmart is intended to be plug-and-play.
All of which begs two questions: 1) Does it work? and 2) Is this what you really want?