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CNET REVIEW: Core DUO has poor imaging!

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:10 am    Post subject: CNET REVIEW: Core DUO has poor imaging! Reply with quote

CNET review of the Mac Mini Core Duo has been posted:

http://reviews.cnet.com/Apple_Mac_Mini_Core_Duo_1_67GHz/4505-3118_7-31762058-2.html?tag=nav

They found POOR image quality. Is this everyone elses experience? This has been having second thoughts about purchasing one!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting stuff. Cnet's gripe centers around the lack of something called "3:2 Pulldown Processing".

This link says that it "corrects the flaws that occur when film is transferred to another format":

http://money.howstuffworks.com/tv-buying-guide18.htm

I've never heard this mentioned anywhere else in relation to the Mini. Is this a serious omission on the part of Apple?

I'd suspect that it's a "nice to have" thing, but not a "need to have" thing. I've heard few subjective complaints about the quality of the video from the Core Duo Mini.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
Interesting stuff. Cnet's gripe centers around the lack of something called "3:2 Pulldown Processing".

This link says that it "corrects the flaws that occur when film is transferred to another format":

http://money.howstuffworks.com/tv-buying-guide18.htm

I've never heard this mentioned anywhere else in relation to the Mini. Is this a serious omission on the part of Apple?

I'd suspect that it's a "nice to have" thing, but not a "need to have" thing. I've heard few subjective complaints about the quality of the video from the Core Duo Mini.

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I dont plan on using the Mac Mini as my DVD player. I am more interested in playing HD trailers from the net, EyeTV2 files, etc.

These reviews can be confusing at times.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:


I've never heard this mentioned anywhere else in relation to the Mini. Is this a serious omission on the part of Apple?

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Jamie


I haven't heard of this mentioned before in relation to the new or old minis..I thought 3:2 Pulldown Processing was a feature found in progressive scan DVD players?? Time to Google it up!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The included Apple remote transmits by infrared, so you'll need a direct line-of-sight to your Mini to control it.


Hrmm that's funny, I had my mini turned on a 45 degree angle away from me and I was still able to use Front Row ... I was actually amazed at how well it worked WITHOUT line of sight Very Happy

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It produces a low hum while spinning a disc, but it's so low that it will likely be drowned out by the other sounds around it


Yep my TV makes more noise. Even, the XBOX makes a LOT more noise.

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Front Row remote, while compact and elegantly designed, lacks the full functionality of the chunky Windows Media Center remote. It can't pause a video, then advance frame by frame, for example.


No, but you can pause and hold the rewind to go back in small chunks. I was able to easily rewind a DVD and play some words someone said that I missed with no hassle at all. I thought viewing frame by frame was only something perverts did Razz

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The Mac Mini can handle a variety of media-playback tasks but, like all Macs, still lacks a TV tuner, and thus can't really function like a TiVo and record television out of the box. Apple sells two TV tuners on its Web site, starting at $199.


Hrmm ... they didn't even mention Elgato's EyeTV. I have the EyeTV DTT and it works a treat. We get a better reception via it than we did normally. One thing about TiVo's is that you HAVE to hack them, in order to get them to work properly. Might be different in the US, but you certainly have to in Australia.

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The Mac Mini's DVD- and video-output quality, which was marred by false contouring (banded or splotchy colors), moiré patterns (line distortion), and jagged diagonals.


The only problem I've noticed was it's size. The black bars at the top and bottom are quite large compared to normal.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought viewing frame by frame was only something perverts did


That is soo funny. Shocked
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