updated 09:25 am EST, Wed February 28, 2007
Sharp Internet Aquos
Sharp this morning took the wraps off its new Internet AQUOS PC and TV hybrid. Veering away from the insistence on merging the PC into the TV itself, the Japanese TV maker instead builds them as separate devices meant to work together. A custom interface on the PC controls TV viewing and schedules recording when the computer is on, but isn't required: the TV can write shows directly to the hard drive even while the PC is switched off, Sharp says. A wireless keyboard with trackball works directly with the computer from across the room; however, the TV remote itself has a trackpad for basic mousing without the extra bulk of a keyboard.
The Internet AQUOS system allows buyers to mix and match TVs and computers. Screens are available in 20-, 26-, and 32-inch versions with dual HDMI inputs and the choice of black, silver, or red trim; PCs start with a basic 1.46GHz Celeron M, 512MB of RAM, and 250GB of storage but can ramp up to a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, and a 400GB disk for serious use. Sharp plans to have all TVs and most of the PCs in the market by the end of March, with the fastest computer reaching stores by late April.