BryteWerks Mashes HTPC and Hi-Def Digital Projector Together, Makes The Model One

Brad Chacos

Some duos seem tailor made for one another: PB&J, Jack and Coke, and eggs and toast all spring to mind. A new company by the name of Brytewerks just came up with another one, and amazingly, it doesn’t involve food! The company’s upcoming Model One line of high-def digital projectors aren’t just digital projectors; they’re digital projectors with an Intel Core-powered HTPC built in. Why didn’t someone think of that sooner?

On the projector side of things, the Model One sports a 1920x1200 resolution, 6,000 - 11,000 lumens of brightness (depending on your configuration) and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It should work equally well in both cramped quarters and expansive cinema-like home theaters; Bryteworks claims the units have a 1:1 throw distance anywhere between one and 50 feet. Plus, it uses a standard metal halide lamp, so finding replacement bulbs shouldn’t be a problem, and swapping out bulbs is entirely tool-less.

On the HTPC side of things, you’ll be able to pick up Model Ones with anywhere from a Core i3 to a full Core i7 processor (which is cool, but seems a bit excessive for a HTPC), a Blu-ray player, a custom version of XBMC, and up to 2TB of storage, 500GB of which is in SSD form. Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth are all onboard, and BryteWerks promises a host of connectivity options, although they only specifically mention dual USB/HDMI ports and 5.1 surround sound outputs. Controller options abound, too, thanks to an Android/iOS app, an included RF remote, and a nearly 9-inch touchscreen on the back of the box. Speaking of the box, the concept art for the Model One shows it to be exactly that; a 28 lb. 17-inch cube.

Is your interest piqued? Here’s the bad news: the Model One isn’t launching until May 10th. It’s also fairly expensive, as you might have guessed; models range in price from $2,450 to $5,000 depending on the configuration you choose. In fact, this is so far in the future that the BryteWerks website isn’t even fully up and going yet. If you want to get ahold of the company before January 9th (the website’s launch date), you can reach them at sales@brytewerks.com or call (414) 892-4004.

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