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Personal Internet viewer

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Item #: 158DASH
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

The Sony dash gives you instant access to the best of the Internet, in a compact device that fits easily on a nightstand, coffee table, or kitchen counter. This personal viewer connects wirelessly to your broadband home network and provides you with a continuous, customizable flow of information and entertainment from select sources. Watch YouTube clips, play your Netflix® Instant Queue movies, listen to your personal Internet radio stations on Pandora®, and even keep updated on your Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Customize the display to suit your needs
Over 1,000 free apps are available for the dash. Add weather, traffic, news or stock updates, and more. Arrange the apps on the 7" touchscreen as you choose. Stand the dash upright on a table or lay it flat on your counter — the screen is angled for easy viewing in either position.

Expand your digital media options
A USB port lets you plug in a thumb drive with your own content. Turn the dash into a digital photo frame to show off your vacation photos. Or listen to your favorite tunes through its built-in stereo speakers. You can also connect a set of headphones for personal listening.

Wake up to the web
The dash makes a great digital alarm clock. It can wake you to a select Internet radio station, songs stored on a USB thumb drive, or even video clips. Check the weather before you even get out of bed. And it won't keep you up all night with a glaring screen — turn on the ambient light sensor, and the display automatically dims with the setting sun.

Highlights:

  • 7" LCD touchscreen
  • built-in stereo speakers
  • stereo headphone minijack output
  • built-in Wi-Fi®
  • requires high-speed Internet wireless network
  • high-speed USB input
  • ambient light sensor
  • requires AC power — not portable
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Internet Options:
  • accesses selected web content through BRAVIA Internet Video
  • over 1,000 custom apps available
  • accesses select Internet radio stations
  • supports Netflix Instant Queue
  • supports Pandora Internet radio

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  • Personal internet viewer
  • AC-EYM90 Power supply with 70" output cord (9.5 volts/ 2.5 amps)
  • Owner's guide
  • Important information guide
  • Warranty information
  • End user license aggreement

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Features

Overview: The Sony dash personal internet viewer (HID-C10) connects to your broadband modem (minimum 2.5 Mbps recommended) via your home Wi-Fi network and allows you access to music, photos, video, social networks, e-mail, scheduling software, and many other free apps from chumby industries on the 7" LCD touch screen.

Touch-Screen Monitor: The dash features a 7" LCD touch screen with WVGA resolution, 800 x 480 pixels; it can stand up (tilted back about 15° from vertical) or lay on its back (tilted up about 20° from horizontal). The orientation of the display automatically adjusts when the position is changed. Multiple items can be displayed on the Home screen (time, weather, current audio stream, Facebook, news feed, etc), how many depends on what Display Theme you choose. The display also has two different brightness settings, Normal and Night Mode. Only the time is displayed in Night Mode, synonymous with turning the unit off.

USB Port: The unit features a side panel USB type-A port; audio, still photo, and video files can be accessed from a USB flash drive.

Built-In Speaker: The dash has built-in stereo speakers on the front panel for playback of your music and other audio content. The speakers are automatically muted when you plug in headphones.

Power Supply: The dash is powered by the included AC-EYM90 power supply. AC power is required; it's not a portable device and only a backup battery is built-in.

Streaming: Through its touch-screen, you can browse many popular websites on the HID-C10; you can instantly access a variety of full-length movies, TV episodes, and videos from a large selection of entertainment apps including Netflix (subscription required), YouTube, and more. You can also access internet radio from providers such as Pandora and Slacker Radio.

Networking: Keep up to date with your email and social networking using apps from Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail. View status updates and new postings from your friends and family, or view email while you're in the kitchen, bedroom, or living room. The dash viewer makes it easy to stay connected in real-time.

Photo Sharing: The dash internet viewer conveniently loads and displays your photos from online services such as Photobucket. The touch screen user interface allows you to set effects, rotate photos, zoom, and play or pause photo slide shows.

Video Playback: The unit's video player supports Windows Media Video 9 (up to 1080p), Microsoft VC-1 (up to 720p), and MPEG 4.10/H.264 (up to 1080p).

Music Playback: The player supports MP3 (up to 320 kbps), AAC (up to 192 kbps), and Windows Media Audio 9 (up to 384 kbps) formats.

Wi-Fi: The dash is compatible with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi networks using WPA, WPA2, and WEP Encryption.

Alarm: You can set up multiple alarms and wake up to a variety of audio and video sources.

Chumby Industries: The dash viewer offers over 1,000 free apps from chumby industries to deliver the entertainment you want including, news, sports, traffic, weather, games, social networking, music, movies and more.

 
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2 out of 5

Just OK

Written By SteveB, Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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This device is interesting and has some charm to it. Doesn't meet the standards that I
read in prevoius reviews. Small screen makes it difficult to see pictures and the text on
some downloaded apps. Also would say, the number and quality of apps available is at
best marginal. Won't change your life, but a fun little device. Probably over priced for its
functionality.
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4 out of 5

Great fun!

Written By Sarah, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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I love this and set-up was super easy. Not had any connectivity problems at all.
I wish it were wireless as the wire does tether you to one room (but I knew
that going in) so that is the only reason I dropped it one star.

I have spent way too long setting up apps on different channels, yet ultimately
I hardly switch between channels. Pandora, Slacker and pod-casting features are
great. There are lots of web-cams and goofy games to waste time. Love having 3
weather zones and time zones at my fingertips too. Programming widgets via the
Sony website is the quickest way to customize.

I bought 2 of these at full price for husband and me and we both use them and
love them. Purchased from Crutchfield and they were great to do business with.

All in all, the Dash is a fun gadget even if you just use it as an alarm clock
or radio.
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4 out of 5

Sony dash™

Written By pwndecaf, Appleton, WI on Monday, November 08, 2010
 
I really like this unit. I pre-ordered it when it first was advertised and have enjoyed it
since it arrived. I have NetFlix, so being able to watch anything on my Instant Queue at
any time is great. I also am a frequent user of Pandora, so my stations are available on
that, also.

I have never had a problem with the connection, and streaming NetFlix has never
stopped. Although I have all my computers set up with NetFlix, they all
occasionally just stop and I need to reload the page. Not on the DASH. I don't know how
they manage that, but it is terrific. Not a capacitive touch screen, but when reaching from
my bed, I think that is probably a good thing. It works fine for me.

I am tempted to buy another, but I think I will pass. Too many other toys already. Buy this
on sale or full price if you want a good option for NetFlix and Pandora in another room - I
think it is worth it just for that.
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2 out of 5

Wireless and Weak

Written By MarkM, Dayton, OH on Sunday, October 24, 2010
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The Sony Dash looked like a very promising device but the Dash is completely crippled by its horrible wifi reception.
The Dash could find the signal and perform well but later it would loose its connection.
Eventually, the device failed to connect at all to my wireless router even though it could see the router's signal.
I have a small home, less than 2000 square feet. My wireless router is located in the middle of my home and provides perfect reception for my laptop, ZuneHD, Droid 2 phone, and my Nook.
The only time the Sony Dash would reliably pick up the wireless signal is when it was next to the router itself.
Needless to say, I sent it back to Crutchfield.
When it works, it really is a great clock and internet device.
I will miss waking up to its alarm.
The apps available for the Dash are of course Chumby apps.
Most of them are completely useless.
I examined all 1300 apps in one afternoon and found no more than a dozen that seemed worth having on the device.
Still, I would have kept and enjoyed the device if it were not for the Dash's inability to pickup and retain the wireless signal.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fun if you like to Fiddle

Written By Anonymous, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, June 02, 2010
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Girlfriend aready wants another for the kitchen. Obviously with dozens of standard apps that you might want to configure, and 1000's you can add, setup is something you'll want to take a few days to do. But you can have it up and running in about 20 min. Netflix and Pandora make this a great addition to the nightstand, with many different way to entertain yourself while you're not sleeping.
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3 out of 5

Sony dash™

Written By Chris, Boston, MA on Tuesday, May 04, 2010
 
There is a lot to like here, Netflix and Amazon streaming, Pandora, weather, etc., but I would like to point out that the claims of 'internet radio' are extremely misleading. You only get the internet radio stations that they have specific content deals with. There is no functional app for this device that allows you to customize a personal list of internet radio stations. This device supposedly supports all the Chumby apps, but the Chumby apps that let you customize internet radio streams are disabled on the Dash. This was a HUGE disappointment for me when I got it and tried to access all my favorite internet stations and discovered there is no working app that would allow me to access a single one of them.

Speaker sound quality also leaves something to be desired, but otherwise this device is pretty nifty for all its other functions. Just don't be misled by the internet radio claims.
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