Wired for sound, video

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-01-15

Making Apples imac look obese, the $2,500 Panasonic CF-E1 Audio Video Personal Computer that we saw last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts with a 15-inch flat-screen display instead of a bulky, heavy, space-heating CRT. The AVPCs software suite anticipates the desire to capture, compress and e-mail video clips, while its optical audio interface integrates the machine with high-end audio gear. Its two IEEE 1394 ports, four USB connections and a PC Card interface accommodate a variety of other devices—and, yes, it also shows DVD movies.

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