Aside from an HDMI output, another little gizmo that my new el cheapo
Dell/Win 8.1 PC has is a built-in wireless interface.
We've had wireless internet ever since the Princess acquired the first of her 'Apple Collection', an iPad2, four or so years ago; but, as the cable/internet node is in my office I got along just fine with wires.
Now, however, I am (save for the HDMI to the display) wireless. This has been a huge improvement and I'm finally enjoying the speed I pay for - (and which Apple Girl has enjoyed for years) - on my el cheapo
I want to thank ChrisOC
for mentioning Blu-ray. As I had to go to Sam's anyway, I checked their players online and while there I picked up this
for just a little more than I paid for a carton of smokes. I fired up the WiFi and WOW!!!
All the crap I had read about - and freaking more - is now mine
Yes, I know video discs are a dying technology. But, I have a large DVD collection and the Blu-ray gives me noticeably better definition for them. (At least this upgrade cost only a carton of smokes + a cherry pie; the Rotel single disc CD player in my dust-covered audio system cost me $900 in 1993
The 'deal' here is to connect my still-wonderful Sony 60" to the internet for $88 instead of parting with $1,800 for their present 'SmartTV' equivalent. So, the upgraded player function is just a bonus.
And here's the real payoff
: all my financial, data, and Word files are now safely stored on and easily retrievable from my old Dell/Win XP, now happily disconnected
from the alarmingly and increasingly intrusive World-Wide-Web!