Subject: Systems | August 3, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not quite an HTPC as it does not seem to have recording capabilities, the WD TV Live Plus HD media playercan stream from your Netflix account, YouTube and various other online media sources making it a little more useful than many media streamers. It is rather small, about the size of an external HDD case and it consumes about 4W which makes it great for people short on space and fre
Subject: Systems | July 23, 2010 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $200 the Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder is a small box that connects to any video source and records it. To test that claim Bjorn3D tried recording from their cable set top box, an Xbox 360 game, a Xbox game, satellite television, Blu-Ray movies in 1080i, a SD DVD movie, and even a movie off of a VCR. All were completely sucessful, the HD PVR did not have a problem recordin
Subject: Systems | July 20, 2010 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo's C315 is an all in one desktop PC, what looks like a large touchscreen monitor is in reality a full PC with every bit of the functionality of a more common looking box. It might even be more capable than some as the list of components even includes a TV Tuner. Inside is an Athlon II X2 250U @ 1.6GHz, ATI HD 4530 M92-M+ integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB spindle based HDD. The configured system that Tech Spot tried was $849, more expensive than many other all
Subject: Systems | July 7, 2010 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock Core 100HT represents a big upgrade in performance for this series, moving off of the ION platform and instead using an Intel i3-330M 2.13GHz as a processor really gives a bump in performance capabilities. The entire system is 7.68" x 2.76" x 7.32" and its black finish will allow you to place this unobtrusively in
a living room and the wireless connectivity will help you if you stream content from another machine. Something new to think about is 3D TV and gaming, something you would assume was limited to machines with a high end video card or two;
Subject: Systems | July 2, 2010 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has updated their system guide for the summer, featuring everything from a new Econobox to an improved double stuff system. They also go beyond just internal hardware recommendations to look at the choices you have in operating systems and even a bit on the most important peripherals such as monitors. Drop by and see what they recommend for you and don;t forget that we have our own PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, freshly crafted each month.
Subject: Systems | June 21, 2010 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The term media streamer can be attached to many devices, from a high powered NAS device to an Xbox by way of custom built HTPCs, but in this review AnandTech has classified a media streamer as a device capable of streaming media but is on a diet of 50W or less. That does reduce the lineup quite a bit as very few HTPCs or servers are able to survive on 50W of power. From Atoms and IONs to ARM based processors and into gaming consoles, they cover almost all of the bases of boxtop streame
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2010 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been shopping for a high end prebuilt boutique computer then there is a good chance you've run into Puget Systems. Their systems have been reviewed before at several sites such as [H]ard|OCP but this time Ryan got a chance to test one of their systems and it was impressive. The Puget Systems Deluge that he received had an i7-980X, 12GB Kingston DDR3-1800 and a pair of GTX 480's in SLI on an ASUS P6X58D Premium. Sure the system will run you $6000 but take a look at t
The Puget Systems Experience
Puget Systems is a custom system builder based in the Washington area that promises a combination of the top PC components available with customer service oriented around keeping the user involved through parts selection, ordering, construction, testing and beyond delivery. Of course, it doesn't hurt that you can get a 4.0 GHz 6-core processor and water cooled GTX 480s.
Subject: Systems | June 10, 2010 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a big fan of TV and movies then there is a good chance you would rather spend your free time watching the aforementioned entertainment as opposed to building the machine that will provide the entertainment. The ASRock ION 330HT-BDis an inexpensive and very quick way to get yourself a fully functional HTPC without too much effort on your part. In box smaller than an Xbox is housed an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU on an ION board with a
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2010 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A question very easily answered by the first image in CoD's article, as you can see that little network channel that has been added makes wiring in web enabled HTPC equipment much easier. No longer do you need to run HDMI and CAT5/6 cabling from each component as HDMI 1.4 can do double duty. That's isn't the only added benefit, as with the audio return channel you can drop some RCA jacks as well. Those are two of the highlights but there are more benefits to be had.