Team Xtender announces component to VGA adapter box

Its multi-console-connecting component cable has yet to make it out of “preview mode,” but the folks at Team Xtender already seem to have another component-centered video game accessory in the bag, now showing off their XCM Multi-cable V2 PC Monitor Adapter. As that mouthful of a name suggests, the little black box will take the component end of the included multi-headed component cable (or presumably any other component cable) and convert it into a VGA signal by the time it reaches the monitor plugged into the other end of the box. Team Xtender has also been thoughtful enough to include a second port and a handy switch for those that still want use their monitor for computing duties. As with their component cable, however, they haven’t spilled any details on pricing or availability just yet, although they are happy to sign up anyone willing to sell ’em.

Check it out.

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Malata’s nixes the hard drive in $300 laptop


What this computer doesn’t have is part of the news! The new Malata PC-68001 Personal Computer lacks a hard-disk drive, nor does it have a CD-ROM. What it will have is an affordable price: around $300 when it arrives in the U.S. later this year.

Designed for students and those looking for an affordable PC for Web browsing and e-mail, the PC-68001 is pre-installed with the Linux operating system and features an 8-inch widescreen TFT LCD screen with native 800 x 480-pixel resolution, an HDMI jack for VGA output, 1 GB of flash memory, and 256 MB of RAM. This ultra-compact PC also supports an external CD-ROM and hard-disk drive via the USB port should you absolutely need those features.

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