|The I-O (and GCT, WebPlayer) screen is not just BAD for any kind of full-motion video, it's out-and-out horrible. I had the time and the hardware to play with, so I've tried software-based DVD playback, Video CDs, Real Player, Windows Media Player, MPEG-4 and DiVX from hard drive, VNC to re-display the video running on a fast PC. I've played PC games on my I-O. All produce horrible, unwatchable, smeary, ghosty, bleary, bad-contrast, frame-dropping, out-of-sync audio/video display. |
The cost of the hardware to use the I-O screen as an external monitor on a real PC or a video source is more than twice the price of a decent stand-alone LCD. And after all that effort and expense, the screen itself is just plain crappy.
Routing an external source through the I-O itself is pointless -- the video memory is tiny and slow (usually running in a portion of main memory) and the fastest overclock you can force in there can't keep up with a full-motion video stream.
We keep getting this question over and over, and the answer is always a unanimous NO. Been there, done that, total waste of money.