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Zotac Zbox ID42 Plus review

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dolphie 15th February 2013, 08:40 Quote
Shirly an HTPC really should have optical drive for BluRay? The one I have does BluRay, HD-DVD, and DVD/CD. The HD-DVD in particular I thought was pretty cool, because I bought a bunch of my favourite films in that format really cheap.
Fingers66 15th February 2013, 12:20 Quote
What O/S was used for your testing? Windows 7?
SchizoFrog 15th February 2013, 12:43 Quote
I think they use Win8 now...
Cleggmeister 15th February 2013, 12:52 Quote
Looks like my WDTV will remain in place for a while longer. I don't really understand the infrastructure behind HTPC - surely you're better following uPnP/DLNA and having dedicated servers/renderers on the network?
Dogbert666 15th February 2013, 14:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fingers66
What O/S was used for your testing? Windows 7?

D'oh! Can't believe I forgot to put that in. Derp. Windows 7 Home Premum 64-bit, adding it in to the article now.
Fingers66 15th February 2013, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cleggmeister
Looks like my WDTV will remain in place for a while longer. I don't really understand the infrastructure behind HTPC - surely you're better following uPnP/DLNA and having dedicated servers/renderers on the network?

I agree. I have a WDTV, a PS3 and have played with WMC and XMBC on a home built HTPC. Of all of them, the WDTV is probably the simplest to setup and easiest to use, especially for my kids. I am still using the PS3 however as it is there for the kids to play games and I don't need yet another box under the TV. All my media is already on a NAS.

If we didn't need the PS3, I would use the WDTV. The setup and maintenance of a home built HTPC takes time I don't currently have, despite being much more customisable and powerful.
Jimbob 15th February 2013, 17:57 Quote
Had one of the earlier ones of these in my bedroom as a HTPC with a small SSD it is virtually silent and performance is very good. For the price it's a great bit of kit.
SchizoFrog 16th February 2013, 04:10 Quote
The thing with an HTPC, don't most people use components they have kept after upgrading their main PCs? So building one this yourself removes a lot of the cost.
gagaga 18th February 2013, 02:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by dolphie
Shirly an HTPC really should have optical drive for BluRay? The one I have does BluRay, HD-DVD, and DVD/CD. The HD-DVD in particular I thought was pretty cool, because I bought a bunch of my favourite films in that format really cheap.

If you live in one room, yes.

We've got XBMC clients in 5 rooms (plus several laptops). Discs go into my desktop and out via the server in the loft.

We've got aging acer revo (Nvidia ION) based in a couple of rooms (lossless FLAC but not DTS-MA), but switched to AMD E350 type boxes where HD audio needed. The other clients are laptops (Intel SB/IVB).

It's amazing how much baking happens when you stick a TV and XBMC in the kitchen to keep the girlfriend occupied ;) ...

EDIT: Basically my point was small and quiet is 90% of what I look for (Cat5 in, HDMI out) cost is 10% .. tried the old bits approach but the solution is always big and clunky.
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