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So Much More

2 Ways To Go
by Gary Woods

I don't know if you've taken a walk by the Apple Store in the 900 block of State St lately but they've got something in there that's definitely calling to me. The new 27" iMac is a sight to behold. It's big, it's beautiful you can fit 3 full opened documents or web pages or a combination thereof across that amazing screen and I want it.

Okay there it is I got it off my chest, but the thing about the iMac is that with that big beautiful screen it could be so much more. As you know right now the iMac doesn't have a Blu Ray player and a screen like that screams out BLU RAY. Also, you can't fire up your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and make it rock on that expansive screen. So, whassup with that????

Well the folks at Kanex (pronounced "connects") thought the same thing and came up with an adapter that lets you plug external HD video and audio sources into your 27-inch iMac. The device which was honored with a Macworld Expo Best in Show award retails for $149 and converts video from HDMI to DisplayPort format with no upscaling, and the results are quite stunning. The hardware was demoed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and should be available in April.

If you can't wait Kanex also has a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with digital audio support and video at 1080p for $69 and a similar adapter with a USB audio device for analog audio for $59. If you'd like to integrate your Mac into your Home Theatre it's time to check out Kanex

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc