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    Synergio Recommends Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005.

 

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The Best Desktop PC and Notebook Experience You Can Get Today!

Experience more of the photos, music, television, movies and games you want in your home with Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005, the first home PC OS to deliver a complete HDTV (high-definition television) viewing experience, sync support for a wide range of A/V portable devices AND sport a host of powerful new features to make every one of your digital entertainment experiences even easier than ever before.

Touch Media Center PCs and Notebooks with Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 are available now at a Touch Reseller near you.

See the ready-to-go Touch Media Center Notebook!
 


 Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Highlights

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Here are seven new features/improvements that you can look forward to when you buy a Touch Media Center PC
powered by Microsoft
® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005.
 

Sleek, polished and more personalised design

  A clean new look for menus, taskbars, and a host of new themes and screensavers--including the cool new Goldfish Aquarium--add a personalised touch.

The complete High Definition Television (HDTV) experience

  The first home computer OS with built-in support for high definition (HD) via TV with over-the-air HDTV tuning, DVD and the web with WMV HD support built-in delivering up to six times the quality of normal TV.

Multiple TV quality and
feature improvements

  Improved TV quality and full play/pause/rewind and record support for local, over-the-air Digital (DTV) and High Definition TV (HDTV). Plus, with dual tuner support and support for a third over-the-air local DTV/HDTV tuner, you can watch and record up to three different shows at the same time.

Built-in DVD and CD
burning feature
  Burn and back up photos, music, recorded TV and home movies to CDs and DVDs from Media Center or Windows Movie Maker 2.1 with the new DVD burning feature.

Support for popular home entertainment devices   Enjoy your photos, TV, music, movies, services and more in the same familiar way on Media Center Extender devices on the home network (wired or wireless) or any XBox® with a convenient kit.

Sync support for a wide range of portable devices   Sync your music collection to over 75 portable music players with Windows Media Player 10 and Media Center, or get the complete experience with photos, TV, movies and more synched to a Portable Media Center.

New Movie Finder feature   Browse movies available on your lineup or via online services by their DVD cover art or poster art, read reviews, or find movies by time, by rating, even by actor or director with the new Movie Finder that lists what's on and when.
 


 


 Why Buy a Touch Media Center PC?
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If getting a new PC is on your wishlist, here are some more compelling reasons to consider a
Touch Media Center PC powered by Microsoft
® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005.




Windows Media
®
Player 10



Keep all your entertainment
in one place.



Access more entertainment experiences without having to learn to use multiple devices.




Transform your living space
into a home theatre.



Pause live TV and resume
when you're ready.



Fast access to on-demand
services, news and more.

 

More Powerful Windows for Any Room
The Best Desktop PC Experience!

Microsoft Windows Media
®
Player 10: enjoy music and video on your desktop with the first Smart Jukebox. Explore your choice of online music and entertainment stores in the first Digital Media Mall. Then automatically sync to a wide range of portable players.

All the benefits of Windows, now more secure with SP2 (Service Pack 2):
choose from the widest range of software, hardware and services all designed to work together more securely.

The Best Family Room PC Experience!


Optimised for home theatres: new products based on Media Center are designed to look and work like a smart home theatre component, from setup to display, on standard TVs, projectors and/or widescreen high-definition displays, with great TV quality and surround sound support.

Control it all from the couch: the Microsoft wireless remote control lets you easily control everything from anywhere in the room.

Stay in touch: know who's calling with Caller ID display in Media Center and now chat with friends--all from the couch with Windows Messenger in Media Center.
 

Complete and Easy Home Entertainment

Your favourite media, all in one place: store, share and enjoy your photos, music, home video, and even recorded TV in one sleek and easy-to-use place that's as easy to control from a keyboard and mouse or a remote control.

Your photos and music simplified: transfer photos from hundreds of cameras, instantly present them as a slideshow with music or touch them up with automatic red-eye removal, auto-crop them and burn to share via DVD, all in a simple and familiar way.

Organise your music: automatically transfer CDs and explore all your music in one easy-to-use place, by Album Cover, artist or more. Queue up music to create a jukebox experience or save as playlists and burn CDs, even from multiple PCs around the home network.

Experience more with Online Spotlight: access music and movies on-demand, games, information services, and much more.
 

Connected Experiences
Your Favourite Media in Any Room!


Experience it anywhere in the home: enjoy live and recorded TV, music, photos and games on any TV set in the home with Windows Media Center Extender devices--even while using the PC.

Enjoy
it on the Microsoft XBox® game console: turn any XBox® game console into a Media Center Extender with an affordable and easy-to-use kit, including a remote.

Your Favourite Media on the Go!

Works with a wide range of music players:
sync, stream or transfer music to a wide range of portable players and digital media receivers designed to fit different lifestyles and budgets, with Windows Media Center and/or Windows Media Player 10.

Go Wireless!

Improved wireless support:
easily setup and connect devices with Wi-Fi and compatible Bluetooth-enabled hardware including keyboards, mice, mobile phones and PDAs without using wires.
 



 Minimum Requirements For All Touch Media Center PCs
SC-TS-MCE-SYSTEM   |   SC-TS-MEDIACENTER

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Operating Software

Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004 or
Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
(includes Microsoft® Media Player 9 or 10 and Microsoft® Movie Maker 2.1)

Input Devices

Microsoft Media Center Wireless Remote Controller
Wireless Internet Keyboard (recommended)
Wireless Optical Wheel Mouse (recommended)

Processors

AMD Athlon XP (up to 4000+)
AMD Athlon 64 (Socket 754 and 939 models)
AMD Athlon 64 FX (Socket 939 and 940 models)
AMD Sempron (Socket A and 754 models)
Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 775, 800/1066MHz FSB)
Intel Celeron (Socket 478 and 775 models)

System Memory 256MB or higher (after allocation to integrated video, if any)
512MB (recommended)

Graphics Card Compatibility Graphics card (either a separate one or integrated video onto the motherboard) with full TV Out functionality --PLUS-- a minimum 64MB of memory

Audio Realtek 5.1-Channel Audio with S/PDIF In/Out connectors

Speaker System 5.1-Channel Surround Sound Multimedia speakers (recommended)
Audio/Video Capture   TV Tuner Card with Hardware MPEG2 Encoder
FM Tuner (optional)
 
Hard Drive   Minimum 60GB

Optical Drive DVD+/-RW or CD-RW drive

Networking/
Expansion/
Innovations
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN and USB;
AGP graphics and PCI support;
easy-access I/O ports

Power Supply Minimum 200W P.S.

Warranty
 
Standard 3 Year Limited*
 

* Except for Touch Media Center PCs built with SFF (smaller form factor) cases; these are covered by a 1-year warranty.
 


Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Components subject to change without prior notice.
For details on warranty coverage, please click here.

 

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