In February, I talked about the OQO Model 2, a micro-PC capable of supporting Microsoftĺs Vista Ultimate. The OQO model 02 is loaded with features like a USB 2.0 port and a HDMI-out. These features got me excited about the potential of the Model 2 as a HD Tivo since Windowĺs Media Center is built into Vista. However, after e-mailing OQO’s tech support, I was informed that the OQO Model 2′s processor is not powerful enough for HD content.
OQO finally released the Model 2 in March. In the press release announcing the availability of the OQO, I caught this interesting quote from the Jason Krikorian, from Sling Media:
“Sling Media is excited to be working with OQO to deliver customers their favorite television programming on the model 02,” said Jason Krikorian, co-founder and executive vice president of business development for Sling Media, Inc. “The Slingbox, combined with the model 02′s ubiquitous wireless network connection, creates a truly portable, highly personal TV experience.”
What is the Slingbox? It is a device that enables you to watch and control your TV anywhere you are from virtually any Internet-connected laptop, PDA, or Windows cell phone. The OQO, with a broadband Sprint or Verizon Card, would be a perfect conduit for your media when coupled with a Slingbox. With an HDMI-out, the OQO Model 2 can connect to HDTVs and computer monitors, further leveraging the power of the Slingbox.
The only real downside to the OQO Model 2 is the cost. With Vista Ultimate and some essential add-ons, the unit costs over $2,000.