Windows 8 is set to hit the market later this month, and with it will come an assortment of new computers, tablets, and accessories.
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While you might not be able to pick up the latest Windows 8 tablet quite yet, starting Thursday you can buy a new wireless speaker, the Aris, designed to work along with the operating system and Windows “Play To” feature.
Aris claims to be the first “certified compatible with Windows 8 speaker system;” however, it can also work with a Windows 7 PC.
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Similar to how AirPlay works for Apple products, the speaker can play tunes from any Windows device -- computer or tablet -- connected to the same wireless network. The feature was already available in Windows 7, but it’s set to get a little more play (pun intended) in Windows 8, which lends itself to more portable devices such as tablets.
Controller apps for the Aris also allow you to play tunes from your Windows, Android, or iOS device.
Connecting the speaker in most cases is as easy as pressing a button, and the included Aris Wireless card for Windows automatically updates the speaker’s software as needed to “maintain the latest networking and codec technologies.”
The all-in-one speaker system has six internal drivers and four amplifiers, providing a total of 100 W of audio power and a maximum SPL of 105 dB.
Measuring in at 6.5-inches tall and 14.75-inches wide, you’re looking at a speaker that’s a little longer than your traditional sheet of paper, but not quite as tall. An adjustable and removable red steel stand on the bottom of the device helps you point your tunes in just the right direction.
Aperion’s Aris Speaker is available now for $499.
What do you think of Window’s ‘Play To’ Feature? Have you used the feature in Windows 7? Can you see yourself using it more in Windows 8? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
This story originally published on Mashable here.