Posted Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery
It’s pricier than the media streaming devices we’re used to, but that price comes with an impressive increase in functionality.
The ZAGGbox is a product that’s probably not on your radar if you’re looking for a low cost media streamer like the Boxee Box or PopBox. It runs $799 for preorders, and $999 for orders taken after the initial pre-sale, but with that increased price comes increased functionality.
Lower cost media streamers serve a single purpose. They move video and audio from the internet (or your home network) to your television. The ZAGGbox does that too, but adds a 1TB hard drive so you can store your videos right on the device, or even record new ones.
It can act as a universal remote for your home theater system too, by using IR blasting to send signals to other devices in your setup. Any equipment that’s been integrated to work with the ZAGGbox can be operated using an on-screen interface.
The ZAGGbox doesn’t stop there. It can stream video to any mobile, internet connected device. That means your laptop, netbook, and PC can all view the stream, but it also means that you can stream video directly to your phone. An iPhone app will be available at launch and Android and Blackberry applications will follow.
You can order the ZAGGbox now for $799, though it won’t start shipping until spring of this year.
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