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Hardware Asus Digital Home FrontLinker

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 4 May 2007.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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  2. mclean007

    mclean007 Officious Bystander

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    A karaoke mic port, WTF? The retractable iPod cable is quite a nice idea, but personally, I'd rather have a cheaper, simpler 3.5" card reader with a couple of USB ports and one firewire, the like of which is already widely available.

    EDIT: oh, and as you say, it's criminal not to have a headphone port on this device. Binning the mic port and adding a nice gold plated audiophile style jack port with a mini-jack adaptor would go a long way to justify the cost of this thing. Couldn't you just use the mic port as a headphone port and plug it into the output rather than the input of your sound hardware?
     
  3. konsta

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    Unfortunately, that is one of the ugliest such devices I've ever seen. I could never put it in the front of my PC. I use a card reader that matches my case and is in a spare 3 1/2 bay. I have front mouted usb ports on my case, and I have a mini usb cable in a rear port, with the end of the lead concealed near the front of my pc, should I wish to plug in camera/mp3 player etc.
     
  4. Veles

    Veles DUR HUR

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    Not having 3.5mm headphone and mic ports seems strange to me, same with the "magic cables", why not just have extra USB ports? If you have an iPod, you'd have the cable, I don't have an ipod, so it's a completely wasted feature on my, as is the mic port.
     
  5. g3n3tiX

    g3n3tiX Active Member

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    It's a good idea, badly put in shape. They could have thought of a better way to open the door (ie. retractable, or someting else) but the eSata is a nice addition for those without a real eSATA port on the back.
     
  6. ỒĊBłůē

    ỒĊBłůē Also available in black

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    I'd be interested to see how well they've engineered the reeling mechanisms on those retractable cables (assuming that's what they're using), as they'll most likely be the parts that fail first; either the mech or the cables.

    With a 5/10 build quality rating, I wouldn't be too hopeful.
     
  7. Duste

    Duste Sierra my delta, bravo!

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    It'd look better on a silver case imo - that silver outline on it's bezel looks a bit weird between black.
     
  8. Blademrk

    Blademrk Why so serious?

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    I think I'd rather get a Front-X and have the ports I really want and a seperate card reader.
     
  9. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    I'd rather have kept on borrowing Eds card reader. That or just get someone to put the extra USB ports back in my case.
     
  10. Tim S

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    They're in one of my drawers somewhere :D
     
  11. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    The one with the laser-electric death booby trap set on it..
     
  12. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    Is that an invitation for having Joe put his hands down your pants?

    :worried: :worried:
     
  13. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    I need an invitation now?!
     
  14. Tim S

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    I'm going home before this gets out of hand...

    /leaves
     
  15. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Buy a bigger screen, mine has a Card reader on it.
     
  16. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    You're forgetting that I'm the office n00b. I'm coping on hand-me-down pieces right now. In fact, I posted this entire article on a typewriter.

    EDIT: My Ports have been returned! All your USBs are belong to meee!
     
  17. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    They upgraded to Type writers?
     
  18. Tim S

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    [​IMG]

    Someone had to... :geek:
     
  19. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    My thoughts exactly

    Judging from the specs I've seen the others display I think you "hand-me-down pieces" are better than many peoples current systems.

    I've seen that before but haven't looked for Canadian supplier yet - Off to the net I go.
     
  20. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Couldn't you just plug the microphone port into the line out, then connect a 1/4" jack to the "Karaoke" mic input with some cans on it? Alright it's not strictly the way you should do it, but it'd work (I think).
     
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