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What do you get when you pair a USB hard drive with audio and video outs: the iZak Portable Multimedia Center, which is similar to an HD iPod concept I described a year ago. This storage device ranges in capacity from 40 GB to 120 GB […]

IzakWhat do you get when you pair a USB hard drive with audio and video outs: the iZak Portable Multimedia Center, which is similar to an HD iPod concept I described a year ago. This storage device ranges in capacity from 40 GB to 120 GB and allows you to store media files for playback on a television through S-Video, component or composite cables. Component cable media is capable of carrying 720p or 1080i video, so you can carry around some high-def content for portable output to the nearest HDTV. The iZak supports .iso playback as well, so you don’t need to lug around any DVDs, although we know you’d NEVER copy a DVD to that hard drive, right? DivX is also supported and last I checked there was plenty of HD content encoded with DivX on various Torrent sites. Hey, we bring you the mobile tech, but leave the legality issues up to you.

(via Gizmodo)

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  1. This device does *not* play High-definition content accrding to the specs I see on their web site. These devices confuse everyone (there are others) – they scale up to 1080i or 720p, but they cannot actually play 1080i content. They do not appear to be Divx certified for high definition either – just home theater certified (see the logos they display). So it looks like max decoding at 720×480 (DVD), not 1080×720 (one high def resolution). There are now many portable hard-drive devices (with their own screens) that play VOB files and divx content at the home theatre (not high-def level) with component output that scale up. The mpack p600, the tavi, for example

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