Review: Kanex XD a must-have for iMac/Blu-ray fans
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Review: Kanex XD a must-have for iMac/Blu-ray fans



I'm a major fan of Blu-ray discs, and one of my favorite possessions is my 27-inch iMac. Apparently if it's up to Steve Jobs, never the twain shall meet. Which is why the Kanex XD from Kanex (http://www.kanexlive.com) joins EyeTV's hardware and the Sanyo VPC-HD2000A Dual Camera as two can't-do-without peripherals for my super-sized iMac.

The US$150 Kanex XD will go on sale Monday, May 17 (I received an advance unit). It allows you to bring HDMI content into the 27-inch iMac and use it as an external LED display. You can use it as a display for a PS3, Xbox 360 and (my favorite use) Blu-Ray player.

What of the Wii? It doesn't have HDMI output, only a RCA cable connector. In order to use the Nintendo gaming system with the XD, an RCA to HDMI converter is needed. You can find out how to make this work by going to http://kanexlive.com/blog/2010/04/did-you-know-you-can.html .

The Kanex XD is designed exclusively for the 27-inch iMac. Once everything is set up (and we'll get to that in a moment), you can toggle between Mac OS X and XD playback by using the hot key: Command+F2. What's more, you can toggle volume and brightness controls through your wireless Bluetooth keyboard. The Kanex XD supports two-channel audio pass-through.

Set-up is simple IF you do in in the proper steps. Connect the three-foot MiniDisplay Port cable (which is included with the Kanex XD) to your iMac and have the included three-foot HDMI cable connected your Blu-ray player, PlayStation or XBox. However, neither the the MiniDisplay Port cable nor the other end of the HDMI cable should be connected to the Kanex XD yet.


Now power up your Blu-ray player/XBox/PS3 and connect it via HDMI to the Kanex device. Next connect the MiniDisplay Port cable leading from your iMac to the other end of the XD. It may take a few seconds for the iMac display to read the signal. The LED light on the MiniDisplay Port side of the XD should light up after a correct connection.


However -- and this is very important -- you'll have to make sure the video input source is set to 720p. You'll need to do this by connecting the PS3, XBox or Blu-ray player to a TV or another monitor to set the resolution to work with the iMac.

That's because the iMac only accepts two input resolutions: 2560 x 1440 and 1280 x 720. The first resolution isn't supported by a PS3 or XBox because the highest resolution output supported on those is 1920 x 1080, or 1080p. But since the iMac doesn't recognize 1080p input resolution, the sources must be set to 720p for proper video pass through and for the iMac to recognize.

For the PS3 and XBox 360, it's not big a deal since these devices almost never output above that resolution. However, it severely limits the 1080p capabilities of Blu-ray player. Oh well, this isn't Kanex's fault, and perhaps future iMacs will change this.

Overall, if you want to connect your video game console to your iMac, the Kanex XD is the way to do it. And if, like me, you have a growing Blu-ray connection and want to be able to occasionally watch 'em on your Mac, this is a great option until Apple gets its Blu-ray act together.

Macsimum rating: 9 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$97.36
Apple Inc.
+2.64
GOOG
$595.54
Google Inc.
+0.80
MSFT
$45.30
Microsoft Corpora
+0.47
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Table Tennis Touch on Sale for a Limited...
Table Tennis Touch on Sale for a Limited Time Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 23rd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Secret Files Tunguska Review
Secret Files Tunguska Review By Jennifer Allen on July 23rd, 2014 Our Rating: :: CONSPIRACY-LITTERED ADVENTURINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Offering traditional adventuring with no fear of in-app purchases, Secret Files Tunguska is sure to entertain fans of the genre.   | Read more »
Celebrate Summer With a Cat in the Hat L...
Celebrate Summer With a Cat in the Hat Learning Library Sale Posted by Ellis Spice on July 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Dragon Raiders Review
Dragon Raiders Review By Nadia Oxford on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: RUN, DRAGON, RUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Dragon Raiders is rough and scaly in some parts, but overall it’s an enjoyable level-based running game.   | Read more »
MyTaskList Review
MyTaskList Review By Jennifer Allen on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: EFFECTIVE IF PLAINUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It’s not the most stylish of task management apps, but MyTaskList has all the features you could wish of such a tool.   | Read more »
FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Review
FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Review By Jennifer Allen on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: TRICKY FLYINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A tough game of careful thrusting and navigation, FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines isn’t for everyone, but it’s well made.   | Read more »
MTN Review
MTN Review By Jessica Fisher on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: ADORABLE, SERENE, AND AMUSINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad MTN is an adorable, talking pet mountain that is less game and more zen garden.   | Read more »
Fly High with Ninja UP! Now Available o...
Fly High with Ninja UP! Now Available on the App Store Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 22nd, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Bio Inc. Review
Bio Inc. Review By Nadia Oxford on July 22nd, 2014 Our Rating: :: SICKENING - IN A COMPELLING WAYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Bio Inc is about orchestrating the medical destruction of a single person. If that doesn’t sound compelling, you should try it anyway.   | Read more »
HELMUT Review
HELMUT Review By Andrew Fisher on July 21st, 2014 Our Rating: :: TRUNDLE SIMULATOR 2014Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad HELMUT is a fun, fleeting time-sink that offers a momentary distraction and nothing else.   | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.