Items tagged with HTPC

Lian Li announced the new PC-V352 Desktop/HTPC Chassis. Featuring an all aluminum design, the new chassis will be available in three colors (red, silver, and black) at the end of May. The PC-V352 supports Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards and a removable motherboard tray. The case also has right or left side mounted ODD bays, two multimedia USB 3.0 I/O ports, and e-SATA/SD card reader/HD audio ports. Suggested price for the PC-V352 is $169 for silver or black and $189 for red. Lian Li Launches the PC-V352 Desktop / HTPC Chassis 6 May 2010, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd. launches the PC-V352 Desktop/HTPC Chassis. The all aluminum design features right... Read more...
We're trying not to really get our hopes up this time, but it sounds like Asus may actually pull the trigger on the EeeKeyboard once and for all. This might just be the most hyped and long-awaited product from Asus in the company's entire history, and given that they have managed to put a PC into a keyboard, we understand why. The device has missed numerous ship dates already, and it has seen the specifications list change once or twice along the way. It's been a wild, wild journey for the EeeKeyboard, but a new press release from Asus makes it all but certain that we'll finally see it shipping soon to end-users. Seen as far back in the public eye as CeBIT 2009, this EeeKeyboard PC is equipped... Read more...
Building a Home Theater PC is often times a much better option for enabling your entertainment center for various forms of digital media playback capability.  Rather than stepping up to additional discrete components, like a stand-alone Blu-ray, DVD or CD player, why not really infuse your living room entertainment center with real intelligence and multimedia muscle and build an HTPC (Home Theater PC)?  In this video, we'll give you some suggestions on a few component selection options for building an HTPC, as well as a high-level overview of its assembly and a few key design points to look out for. HTPC Building - A HotHardware How-To... Read more...
Building a Home Theater PC is often times a much better option for enabling your entertainment center for various forms of digital media playback capability.  Rather than stepping up to additional discrete components, like a stand-alone Blu-ray, DVD or CD player, why not infuse your living room entertainment center with real intelligence and multimedia muscle and build an HTPC (Home Theater PC)?  In this video, we'll give you some suggestions on a few component selection options for building an HTPC, as well as a high-level overview of its assembly and a few key design points to look out for.  We'll then of course demo our systems for you to show you what you can do with an HTPC. ... Read more...
Okoro Media Systems has been making HTPCs (and little else) for years on end, and they're quietly becoming a force in the media center PC market. They specialize in making computers that work well in a living room setting, and their newest generation of HTPCs is proof of why they're staying at the top: offering cutting edge components.With Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 dominating the headlines, Okoro has decided that it's time to jump in. The company's new range of home theater PCs can now be ordered with a Core i3 or Core i5 CPU inside, giving them plenty of horsepower to churn through 1080p videos, Blu-ray playback and even a quad-pipe CableCARD. In addition to adding the newest Intel... Read more...
For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on "mini") Studio Hybrid. But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a. the Inspiron 400) is a solid little machine, with decent mainstream performance, and geared towards budget-minded consumers. Similar to how you could change the Studio Hybrid's looks by swapping out different-colored sleeves, the Inspiron Zino HD can... Read more...
If there were ever an underserved market in the PC industry, it's the HTPC niche. We understand that this market is exceptionally tiny when compared to the desktop or notebook landscape, but it's still one that is becoming all the more important with the shift in content distribution from conventional Pay-TV providers to Internet delivery and OTA broadcasts. One could easily replace their existing cable subscription with a fully-equipped HTPC, and if you toss in a Netflix account, you'd really be set.MSI has today revealed their newest HTPC-centric motherboard, and contrary to what you may expect, it actually supports AMD processors. The new 890GXM-G65 utilizes the AMD 890GX chipset and supports... Read more...
Shuttle is primarily known in the PC industry for their small form factor (SFF) PCs. These tiny boxes are still mighty potent, and they're usually geared towards LAN party gamers who don't want to be bothered with taking their full-size rigs on the road. But as with most every other computer maker, Shuttle is evolving, and as the demands shift, production shifts as well. Announced this week is an all new form factor from Shuttle, one that looks nothing like the rectangular gamer boxes that have made them famous. The Shuttle Barebone XS35 is just 3.3cm thick, making it small enough for just about any application. It could be a perfect carputer, or you could install it behind your flat panel as... Read more...
Home Theater PCs are a dying breed, but they won't vanish completely. We think there will always be a niche market of individuals who want to hook up full-featured PCs to their TVs, and with TV tuners and the explosion of web content (Hulu and Boxee, anyone?), it's no surprise to see more and more boutique companies coming out with more interesting designs. Piixl is a London-based start-up company that caters to high-end, and obviously it caters to those who already own flat panel HDTVs. Basically, the EdgeCenter line of media PCs fits behind a flat panel but in front of a TV mount; it straps directly onto a flat LCD or plasma HDTV (up to 70" or so) via the VESA mounts on the set, and then the... Read more...
For HTPC owners, most thought this day would never come. It's a liberation celebration, and frankly, it's coming way too late. Still, we'll take late over never almost all of the time, so we can't help but thank those involved for finally freeing CableCARDs of the OEM chains. This past week at CEDIA, Microsoft announced that anyone could now purchase an off-the-shelf CableCARD and install it into their system. This has absolutely not been the case in years past. Up until now, users have had to purchase an entirely new system from a certified OEM (think Dell, HP, etc.) with a CableCARD installed at the factory. If you even attempted to install a loose CableCARD into your own machine, you'd never... Read more...
Lenovo has announced a new series of systems today, each of which is aimed at a different aspect of the digital home. Said home is seen as a virtual goldmine for any company that can put its finger squarely on the pulse of what consumers want, and Lenovo thinks it has a winning combination. Fresh out of the launch bay we have Lenovo's first Home Theater PC (HTPC), the IdeaCentre Q700, the D400 storage server, and the IdeaCentre Q100 and Q110 nettops. The concept of a single-point home storage server has a certain universal appeal to any techie, so let's start there.Lenovo's D400: Atom-powered StorageWithout any other systems to compare against, Lenovo's D400 seems deceptively large in photos.... Read more...
Maingear may not be on the same level of recognition as Dell, HP or Alienware, but it's definitely making a name for itself in the enthusiast market. Known for crafting unique, high-end machines that serve an increasingly larger niche of power-hungry PC users, the company is branching out just a bit here with a new machine aimed at living rooms. If you're a multimedia junkie who has been searching high and low for a potent PC to slip underneath your HDTV, look no further.The Axess HD Gamer combines the power of a full-fledged gaming PC with the usability of a full-fledged HTPC. The machine definitely looks the part of an HTPC, with a slim, low-profile enclosure that's built from aluminum and... Read more...
Finding the right chassis for a system build is like setting up the foundation before building out the design of your computer and working your craftsmanship into the intricate details of component selection and configuration.  Start with a good foundation that caters to your build requirements and you're bound to have a better overall end result when you hit the power switch to boot up for the first time.  And though the average enthusiast might choose a larger full tower case with real estate to spare, for many, there is also beauty in smaller, more space-efficient designs.  We've covered our share of monster "gaming cases" here at HotHardware... Read more...
We have been talking about NVIDIA's Ion since late last year when news first broke of the ultra small form factor platform. At the time, NVIDIA's tiny Atom-powered prototype system wasn't even called Ion yet, but images of the miniscule motherboard that would eventually be used in the reference platform had already surfaced and the community was buzzing with interest. One of the major concerns with most netbooks and nettops was their relatively weak integrated graphics solutions, and Ion would potentially address that concern.Around the time when Ion was first announced, there was some scuttlebutt that Intel "disapproved" of the platform and that the company wouldn't sell OEMs Atom processors... Read more...
We have been talking about NVIDIA's Ion since late last year when news first broke of the ultra small form factor platform. At the time, NVIDIA's tiny Atom-powered prototype system wasn't even called Ion yet, but images of the miniscule motherboard that would eventually be used in the reference platform had already surfaced and the community was buzzing with interest. One of the major concerns with most netbooks and nettops was their relatively weak integrated graphics solutions, and Ion would potentially address that concern.Around the time when Ion was first announced, there was some scuttlebutt that Intel "disapproved" of the platform and that the company wouldn't sell OEMs Atom processors... Read more...
Lian-Li launches low profile PC-C39 Multimedia HTPC Chassis Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-C39 multimedia chassis. This low profile HTPC case comes in two shades, namely silver and black to match in seamlessly with your current home theater décor. The elegant diamond cut sublimely carved into the front face gives the brushed all aluminum chassis a style of its own. The slim lined PC-C39 stands at 435mm x 97mm x 400mm (W, H, D) and weighs in at 3.65kgs. This stylish chassis combines the traditional class and finery of Lian-Li with some outstanding innovations, such as the all new wireless remote controller and sensor. The chassis itself supports 2x 3.5”HDD’s and 1x 5.25”ODD. The... Read more...
As you can tell from the model name (BIS-6550HD from earlier this month; BIS-6540HD from present), there aren't a whole lot of differentiating factors in Habey's newest HTPC. And hey, that's the good news! Just like the machine we saw emerge about a week ago, this new system includes an Intel 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor, a built-in ultra low-power HD AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 hardware decoder (which is capable of decoding of H.264 / VC-1 media contents at up to 40Mbps and MPEG-2 at up to 125Mbps) and support for Blu-ray Disc playback.As with its sibling, this machine is quite energy conscience as well, consuming just 20 watts (maximum) when taxed and playing back a BD film. As for inputs, you'll find connectors... Read more...
Ah, the quickly diminishing DIY HTPC market. Whatever happened to the legions of PC users who were chomping at the bit to craft their very own home theater PC? We're guessing the smattering of low-cost movie set-top boxes coupled with all those other streaming options kind of put a damper on things, but that's not stopping Lian-Li from pushing out a new pair of HTPC enclosures for those still willing to get their hands dirty for the sake of OTA tuning.The PC-C33 and PC-C34F enclosures look awfully similar at first glance, though the latter is a tad larger at 432mm x 168mm x427mm compared to 425 x 168 x 460mm of the former. Both units boast the company's tried and true brushed black anodized aluminum ... Read more...
During our recent time with Asus' Eee PC 1000HE, we tried playing back a 1080p movie trailer just for kicks. To our surprise, it did manage to stutter along and get through it, but it was far from "watchable." And that was with an Atom N280 within. Now, we're seeing a diminutive new media PC with Intel's aging 1.6GHz Atom N270 that can reportedly handle 1,920 x 1,080 high definition material -- which just has to be a joke, right?Not quite. Habey's unique BIS-6550HD, which has undoubtedly put the company on the consumer electronics map, possesses something than most netbooks and nettops simply do not: a hardware-based HD decoder. The ultra low power HD AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 hardware decoder is supposedly... Read more...
If you're looking for a new PC case, and you tend to prefer things with a flair for the dramatic, your PC case maker is Lian Li. Shortly after announcing its PC-Q07 Mini-ITX Chassis, the company has just revealed its newest HTPC enclosure. The PC-V351 HTPC Chassis is an all aluminum box with dual front mounted 120mm fans along with a rear mounted 80mm extraction fan. Of course, those looking for a subtle, easy to camouflage HTPC case should probably turn elsewhere, as even the black version (red and silver are also available) is decidedly flashy.It measures in at 279mm x 262mm x 373mm and is optimized to move serious amounts of air in order to keep things cool during extended movie watching or... Read more...
S1Digital, manufacturers of high-end Media Centers, revealed their new Media Center and Server lineup for 2009. Updates to the ProLine Series Media Centers add additional features and refresh hardware to bring more powerful digital entertainment capabilities to customers. S800 Media Server ($10,999.00 list) - Updating the already powerful S800 Media Center Server with Intel's latest Core i7 CPU and Extreme Series DX58SO Motherboard, the S800 can handle demanding activities such as streaming multiple HDTV content around the house while recording multiple TV shows and playing Blu-ray movies simultaneously. The S800 supports six terabytes of hardware RAID managed storage with a 12 terabyte option... Read more...
At the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, NVIDIA was demonstrating a new reference platform for an ultra small form-factor multimedia PC and we should underscore the word "ultra".  To say this new product concept is tiny would be an understatement.  Consider if you will, an entire PC, capable of decoding and playing full 1080p HD video content, in a box that fits in the palm of your hand with a 3" x 4" motherboard. ... Read more...
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