HTPC

  • Acer's Media Center Remote Is A Sleek, Touchable Slab

    If you use a PC for your media center, you might have had trouble locating a suitable control device for it, if you’re using the plain mouse-based interface. Sure, there are air mice and you can always use keyboard shortcuts, but those are kind of weak compared with this great device from Acer that just hit the FCC. Read More

  • Control Your HTPC With This Monolithic Keyboard/Keypad/Joystick


    I’m not sure how many HTPCs are out there with the rise of streaming Netflix boxes and the like, but if you’re still attaching a slimline case to your TV then this may be the control device for you. Priced at about $150, this keypad/controller/thinger includes a full keyboard, two joysticks, and an “accelerometer capable of interpreting tilts as up, down.” Read More

  • TrimSlice, A Tiny Tegra PC With All The Trimmings

    The TrimSlice is a mini-PC with a mission: to be amazingly small and light and feature TV-in and a number of useful and surprising outputs. It is, in short, one of the coolest kiosk or dedicated use PCs I’ve seen in a long while. The Tegra 2 chip is housed in a thin, fanless case with stereo line in/out as well as HDMI out. It can hold a laptop hard drive and runs 1GB of DDR2 memory. It… Read More

  • New Elgato EyeTV hybrid is smaller, more compatible

    Elgato just released the updated version of their USB tuner, the EyeTV. This new version has been resized (smaller) and added compatibility with Windows 7, making it ideal for that HTPC project you’ve been thinking about. Read More

  • Mvix announces Ultio Pro media center

    Mvix’s Ultio Pro looks suspiciously like a commercial version of an HTPC. Designed with 1080p decoding, network media playback from a NAS or PC, and the option to add a PVR, I might have to get one of these to replace my old Xbox Media Center. Read More

  • Patriot Box Office Media Player gets reviewed

    I’m afraid it’s time for me to upgrade my media center. My old Xbox just isn’t cutting it any more, between the composite input and the lack of processing power, it looks like it may be time to put the old reliable out to pasture and upgrade to something new. Is the Patriot Box Office Media Player the solution? Well HardOCP seems to think so, and I think it just might be. Read More

  • Super skinny media center PC fits behind your TV

    I’ve never heard of Piixl but that doesn’t mean they can’t hold a place in my heart. This 3GHz Core 2 Duo machine mounts right behind your HDTV and will cost about $4,000, a pretty penny for something so thin and innocuous. Called the EdgeCenter 3770 the device is designed to run home theater and kiosk applications and remain completely out of sight. It’s a clever… Read More

  • This could be the ultimate HTPC controller

    This little controller is butt-ugly and crude, but I still want one really bad. Maybe Santa will bring me one. Read More

  • Viewsonic joins the HTPC fray

    Viewsonic, best known for their displays, has just set their sights on the HTPC market. Jumping in with two models, Viewsonic no doubt hopes to make a good first impression in the home theater PC market, and their first entry looks to be a good way to do that. Read More

  • The 5 best uses for the $229 Dell Zino HD

    Dell just went official with the Inspiron Zino HD price and spces. There have been a few unboxing and previews popping up around the blogs the last few days and I’ve fallen in love with the little computer. It’s slightly larger than the Mac Mini, but I believe infinitely more versatile. Read More

  • Dell Inspiron Zino HD: a baby Dell HTPC

    We know practically nothing about this machine, but from the two spy photos we can see, it looks interesting. Based on its ports and such, we can make some educated guesses — but it’s still a mystery device officially. Read More

  • Maingear's luxury gaming-HTPC comes with a Phantom Lapboard


    While I think this Maingear HTPC looks good, and it’s certainly spec’ed well, I’m not sure I buy the idea of serious PC gaming in the living room. Gaming from your couch is about laying back with a controller and rocking the Halo-Kazooie or whatever it is the kids have these days. I know Phantom has been trying (ineffectively, for years now) to change that, but they’re… Read More

  • IOGEAR announces wireless USB Audio/Video kit


    IOGEAR announced a wireless USB audio/video adapter today. Seems like it could be interesting. Read More

  • Epson intos the tiny, Blu-ray pack'n PC ST120 computer

    This could possible be the answer to dwellers of shoe-box sized apartments looking for a full-featured HTPC. Check it: a Core 2 Due P8400 CPU, 1GB of RAM (upgrade that), up to 320GB HDD, a digital TV tuner, HDMI-out and a Blu-ray burner. What more can you want from a computer smaller than a toaster? Throw an external hard drive on there for more storage space and you’ll have the… Read More

  • Onkyo HDC-1L HTPC/netop: now with less audiophile goodies

    The first-gen Onkyo hasn’t exactly made a splash in the HTPC market - do you know anyone that owns one? – but maybe the new models will help the home theater namesake penetrate more markets. By ditching audiophile-grade amplifier along with a DAC, the price has dropped from 200,00 yen ($2,149) to 59,800 ($643) which should spur some sales. Still, the netop is equipped… Read More

  • DIY: turn an unused TiVo into a HTPC

    I love it! The hardest part about building a HTPC always seems to be finding a case that doesn’t look out of place with the other AV equipment. Even specialty built HTPC cases still don’t have the look and feel of traditional equipment; that’s where an old TiVo comes into play. This guy simply ripped out all the TiVo innards and shoved a Ubuntu XBMC computer within. He was… Read More

  • CrunchDeal: HP 64-Bit Pavilion loaded with Blu-ray & 500GB for $599

    Looking for a compact, but still loaded, HTPC? HP is offering $400 of a $999 s3500T series system (coupon code DT1158), allowing you to configure one nice system and seeing the price drop nearly in half.  Starting with the base configuration, I selected Vista Home Premium 64-bit (!), the Intel E4700 processor, 4GB of RAM, the 256MB Nvidia video card with HDMI, and the Blu-ray player. To inch… Read More

  • Acer Aspire X1200 desktops are tiny but loaded

    Acer recently announced its series of X1200 small form factor desktops. There are three models ranging in price from $450 to $700. The X1200-U1520A and the X1200-U1510A are both available now for $450 and $460, respectively, and the decked-out X1200-B1581A will be available for $700 on Sunday, July 13th. Each model comes with a 64-bit dual-core AMD chip, 4GB of RAM, on-board NVIDIA GeForce… Read More

  • OSXBMC for Mac re-named: Say hello to Plex

    The media hub once known as Xbox Media Player, then Xbox Media Center, then XBMC, then ported to Intel-based Macs and called OSXBMC is now known as Plex. The name change was announced at the weekend, while many of you were celebrating your country’s independence. As explained on the application’s official Web site: The one name that stuck was Plex. I like it because it evokes… Read More

  • XBMC for Mac OS X continues to mature, gives Front Row much needed competition


    Flickr’d Formerly named Xbox Media Center, XBMC made the original Xbox useful long past its sell-by date, and it’s now been ported over to Mac OS X. Well, it’s been available for OS X for some time now, but yet another beta was released a few hours ago. That latest version, 0.5b8, can be found here. Now, you ask yourself, “Just why would I use XBMC on my… Read More