Benq to ship combo DVD player

Taiwanese hardware maker Benq Corp. plans to introduce a portable DVD player, called DVD Gem, that can function as an external DVD-ROM drive and play CDs and music files in MP3 format, the company said this week.

Weighing in at 550 grams and small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, the DVD Gem can be used with either a PC or a television set and offers the option of viewing DVD video in a widescreen 16:9 format. When connected with a PC via a USB 2.0 connection, the device can function as an external storage device, operating as either a 6-speed DVD-ROM drive or 24-speed CD-ROM drive. It will be available next month, the company said.

Disc formats supported by the DVD Gem include CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-Plus, Video CD (VCD), S-VCD, Photo CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-Video and DVD-Audio. In addition, the device can play discs that contain music files in MP3 format.

The DVD Gem supports Composite Video and S-Video connections to a television and offers a coaxial digital audio output for DTS (Digital Theater Systems) sound and a Dolby AC-3 decoder. In addition to a USB 2.0 connection that can support USB 1.1, the DVD Gem also offers optional Firewire (IEEE.1394) and PCMCIA connections.

The DVD Gem will begin shipping in Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, during September for around US$213, company officials said. While Benq does not plan to sell the device under its own brand, the company is negotiating with undisclosed sales channel partners to sell the device under their brand names, it said.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?