Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

HP’s DreamScreen

September 17, 2009 by Robin Parrish  
Filed under Electronics

HP has released a new device called the “DreamScreen,” which offers digital photo frame functionality and a slew of nifty Internet tablet capabilities. The drawback? It’s not a touchscreen.

The DreamScreen offers built-in WiFi, allowing you to access Facebook, Snapfish, Pandora, and thousands of other Internet radio stations. The twist is that everything is preset: there are no options for updating your own Facebook status, for example. You can just track your friends’ updates, photo uploads, etc. in real time. Likewise, Snapfish connectivity allows you to surf through slideshows. You can also stream your personal music, photo, or video collection to the DreamScreen, or transfer digital content via USB connection or a flash memory card slot.

The device comes with 2GB of memory built in, and has a screen that measures 10.2″ or 13.3″, depending on the model you choose. Hi-Fi speakers are built in, but there’s also a port for your headphones or external speakers. The DreamScreen provides five-day weather forecasts, a calendar, a clock, and an alarm.

While there is no touchscreen access, the buttons on the bottom right of the frame disappear when not in use. There’s also a remote control that nests on top of the frame. You can mount it on the wall, or use the stand that comes with it.

The 10.2″ model is available now for $249. The 13.3″ version is expected sometime this fall for $299.

Image: Hewlett-Packard Development Company.

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