DVDO Edge Video Processor Reviewed

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Low Points
As cool as the shape of the Edge is, it is a bit difficult to integrate into a rack-mounted system, such as a Middle Atlantic rack. Also, since the Edge doesn't have a truly "flat" bottom edge, stacking it on top of other components (if necessary) can be a bit tricky.

The front-mounted HDMI input is very nice and surprisingly useful. However, those with children may not want to showcase the uber-cool trapdoor effect, for you may find yourself an HDMI input short.

The remote is good, a bit large, bulky and heavy, but it does what is needed and can be turned into a fairly functional universal remote with little effort. I just think DVDO could've packed as much usability into a smaller, more elegantly designed remote that fit the Edge's overall style.

The biggest hurdle the DVDO and the Edge face is educating consumers about its existence and why they should buy it. Let's face it: video processors are a foreign language to even diehard enthusiasts, let alone the average consumer looking to buy a cheap HDTV that comes with a free Blu-ray player. Truth be told, anyone spending any money these days on luxury goods such as HDTVs and/or Blu-ray players isn't going to be to happy when you tell them that, in order to get the most out of their investment, they have to spend more money. With HDTV prices plummeting like the Dow, it's quite possible that the display the Edge is connected to costs less than the Edge itself. While the Edge gets closer to being more "mainstream" than any other processor before it, I fear it still has an arduous task ahead if it is to become the iPod of the video processing set.

For just under $800, the Edge, from DVDO, is a remarkable product and achievement. It packs many of the same features and performance specs of its big brother, the DVDO iScan VP50Pro HD video processor ($3,499), at a fraction of the cost. Its level of control and user interface is topnotch and easy enough for the most inexperienced of user(s) to comprehend and utilize.

While the Edge may be an easy sell to the consumer looking to buy a video processor like the VP50Pro, it's a hard sell, I fear, to the thousands just getting into the HD game before the 2009 changeover. Furthermore, if you've bought smart in the past, there is a good chance a majority of your sources and/or receivers already have many of the Edge's features and/or technologies inside, negating the need for an Edge altogether. If you're planning on doing nothing but 1080p/24 viewing via your new 1080p/24-capable display, then you're not going to see much if any improvement with the Edge.

The DVDO Edge is truly a niche product, one that can be lived with or lived without. It works, and works well, and when using the Edge with SD material, such as older DVDs and even 1080i broadcasts, the positive effects are noticeable and welcome. You'll just have to decide for yourself if extracting that last ounce of video magic from your older library or 1080i sporting events is worth the added cost of the Edge. 

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