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aOpen miniPC MP945-VDR is ready for HD!

miniPC MP945-VDR

AOpen miniPC is perfect to be used as media PC for home entertainment. It’s stylish, quiet and power enough to replace satellite receiver and DVD player in your living room.
We tested aOpen MP915-X as Plutohome media director. It’s based on Intel Pentium M processor and it’s good for ordinary TV. When we tried to play HD TV it produced some delays and the video decoding took 100% of processor.
Recently aOpen announced MP945-VDR – HD and Vista ready miniPC. It features Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel 945GM OnDie video adapter, Built-in IR receiver, DVI / YPbPr / S-Video / HDMI interface, 5.1 Channel. Additionally it can include TV Tuner, Wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth Module.
MP945-VDR seems cool and we’re going to test it with HD TV and Plutohome. I’m not sure about positive result but we should try.

Endeavor ST100 micro PC

Endeavor ST100 micro PC

Recently Epson lanched Endeavor ST100 micro PC. The 185 x 195 x 75 mm unit (it’s a bit bigger than Mac Mini) features packs an Intel Core 2 Duo (T7200, T7400, or T7600) processor, ATi’s Radeon Xpress 200M graphics chipset, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 40GB to 160GB SATA drive options, and a dual-layer DVD burner. It also sports a set of ports  including VGA, audio in / out, Ethernet, 56k modem, and six USB 2.0 ports with a pair of them being on the front panel.

The Endeavor ST100 micro PC will be sold in Japan at just ¥59,850 ($508).

[via Engadget]

PVR for Mac Mini

Apple tvmax

TVMax which is made by Miglia Technology brings you all the basic PVR features you would expect for a Mac including:

  • Watch, pause, rewind and skip forward Live TV, timeshift on your Mac.
  • Record and edit your favorite shows with a built in EPG (Electronic Program Guide).
  • One click Apple iPod (writes directly to iTunes) or Sony PSP export.
  • Hardware compression to MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX
  • Convert VHS and Hi8 tapes to DVD

It seems the TVMax is good solution till the Apple iTV is not ready. Detailed review of the TVMax is available here.

Ultra Low Profile HTPC

Ultra Low Profile HTPC

Okoro Media System produced OMS-SX100 – Digital Entertainment System which is designed to handle all of your multimedia needs while keeping an ultra low profile. For $1350 you can get Intel Core Duo T2300 Yonah 667 MHz processor, 1GB RAM, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with HDMI Output, 250 GB SATA HDD, a DVD burner, 8 channel sound, an internal TV/radio tuner and a USB ATSC tuner in the elegant and slim case (39.12 x 6.86 x 34.80 cm).

There is a possibility to pay extra money and upgrade HTPC configuration including case with touchscreen. The OMS-SX100 comes with WinXP Home, WinXP Pro or MCE 2005 editions. You can also order it with BeyondTV or SageTV preinstalled. I suspect that it’s possible to install there one of the Linux-based PVR systems: VDR, MythTV or Freevo.


DosPara’s Super Mini 2

DosPara Super Mini 2

Japanese computer manufactor DosPara produced a real competitor of Mac Mini – Super Mini 2. It contains 4.3-cm thick case 1.66GHz T5500 C2D processor, 512MB of ram, 80GB HDD, a dual-layer DVD burner, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, a 4-in-1 card reader, DVI and S-Video outs, and a TV tuner (optional).

Spend $1,043 USD and got stylish and quiet media PC in your living room. But IMHO Mac Mini is much better 😉
[via Engadget]

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