updated 02:00 pm EDT, Thu August 7, 2008
Antec VERIS MMedia Station
Antec today served custom PC builders today with a new set of VERIS bundles that turn existing desktops into home theater PCs. The Multimedia Station line is headed by the Premier, which provides a full two-bay front panel with dials, input, and playback controls to navigate content without having to use a mouse or keyboard. It also supplies an add-on IR receiver and a matching remote as part of its $120 price.
The Elite at $100 simplifies the setup for small form factor PCs or more economic users and has just a single-bay front end with an LCD and volume controls; a simpler-still Basic model at $40 includes just a bay-mounted IR receiver and the remote, while an E-Z variant is designed for notebooks or the smallest desktops with a USB receiver, remote, and a smaller $30 price.
The Multimedia Station hardware should be available soon and is recognizable by Windows Media Center systems; it also comes bundled with iMEDIAN HD software that fills in for media hub tasks without having to use specific versions of Windows.
Multimedia Station Premier
Multimedia Station Elite
Multimedia Station Basic
Multimedia Station E-Z