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Default Looking for a decent Media Set-Up - 01-11-2010, 05:16 PM

Recently I have been using my Mini9 running the latest Boxee Beta and an external USB hard drive, wireless keyboard and mouse as a media centre on my HDTV. It works pretty well besides from a few bugs and occasional lag, however as expected any kind of HD Streaming cripples the system and local HD movie files (MKV) stutters and is out of sync.

I've been looking into nettops, such as the Acer Aspire Revo as well as the not yet released Boxee Box.

I am looking for a means to play movies from an external USB hard-drive in high definition, available in the UK for under £190/$300. I'm not sure whether to wait for the Boxee Box to be released (no idea when), or go with a nice cheap Net-top and run Boxee from that as I will also be able to easily browse the web and stream (as I find browsing through Boxee is frustrating).



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Default 01-13-2010, 10:29 PM

Now I may begin considering scouring the market for a new netbook to replace my Mini9 in the next couple of months I think it wouldn't be a bad idea if I bought a netbook with the Broadcom Crystal HD Media Accelerator, or ION chip would it work just as well as a nettop?



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Default 01-21-2010, 03:15 PM

The ION chip makes a great deal of difference in a cheap nettop box. I have the Acer Aspire Revo and I have nothing but praise for the unit! It is the R1600 model, so it only came with 1GB of RAM and no wifi and the single core version of the Atom processor. However, it still provides enough boost to run video and I can even play some 3D games on it.

It's funny you should mention it, I was considering an upgrade for my Netbook as well. ION seems to be pushing video capabilities to the limit, so my next netbook will probably have it as well.

I would probably get the Acer Aspire Revo R3200 or something of the sort. It has a dual core atom and 2gb also a bigger HDD. I am probably selling my box for the higher one.


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Default 01-22-2010, 01:54 PM

I have a Westerd Digital WDTV Live and it works very well.

Amazon.com: Western Digital WD TV Live Network-ready HD Media Player WDBAAN0000NBK-NESN: Electronics

If you don't need network ability and just want to run straight from an external drive, the non-Live version is a little cheaper.


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