I think building my own htpc would be a much better option, and it is relatively cheap as well.
As I said in the original review, one of the features of the HD-ND01 (and this little box) is the form factor, peripheral outputs, and feature set. Rolling your own HTPC around an mATX board probably *will* be cheaper, but there are advantages to using a system like this.
I know I just like the mATX idea better because I can configure it how I want at least as long as I deal with the size constraints. The big thing about this is for an HTPC to be unseen or as unnoticeable as possible. So the size does not really matter as long as you can make it disappear for all intents and purposes. The thing I don't like about this unit is the limits placed by RAM limits, CPU strength, and GPU capabilities. I can have all these things for within 100 dollars of the price of this unit. Then I have a better functioning component to my wants and needs. I know the point of this is it size, as it can be portable, but that is not the main aim. Plus it has no storage space whatsoever, which I could easily incorporate into a mATX unit externally or internally, and do so for roughly the same price line I was speaking about initially.
I have a MAG ND01 (Newegg - $299.95) and I've upgraded the HDD to a 500GB WD. The Overall package is very very neat and I have installed it as a CarPC. I am hoping to use the HDMI to power additional screens to fully exploit the ION platform.
I think, I am the first guy to install the MAG as a CarPC. Playback of content and Centrafuse is smooth. I would possibly consider upgrading the RAM, if need be. Extremely satisfied with the setup.. Have the JBL Amp mounted on the left wall in the trunk and have the Zotac on the right..
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That is a very cool idea Xylem, and I bet you beat one of those pre-installed options like this by a mile. Especially seeing the storage size as well as operational and control, specification's you have. This I imagine is considerably cheaper than getting the dealership option as well as way more functional.
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