Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 28 Aug 2014.
Smartphone-size passive PC.
Well, it does fit into a box as small as a smartphone, as the components used are basically what you'll find in a smartphone aswell.
Anyways, if the pricing is right, this could actually be a nice little HTPC. All that's needed is drivers to run OpenELEC.
Microsoft needs to see the light and create a dedicated light-weight Windows Media Centre OS that runs on both x86 and ARM CPUs.
They could take WinPhone as a starting-point actually. They wouldn't even need to do much, as it has all the stuff needed to use it as a Mediaplayer OS. They could even throw out alot of stuff not neede for a HTPC OS.
Heck... OpenELEC is only 150MB.
But MS would charge for it whereas XBMC and Plex are free and do a great job
Light-weight and Microsoft don't belong in the same sentence.
I do like where this is going, it probably has half as much ram and storage as I would like to see personally and I'd like to see how that processor handles things whilst running full fat 8.1 OS - but it could be a very tidy SMART conversion to any HDMI TV, price of course will be a major contributing factor to the success of such products.
Looks like a good candidate for a Steam Streamer and basic media player to me, assuming price is right. Needs to be less than £200 to get me to consider it, though...
XBMC is great, even though AFAIK it doesn't pause/rewind live TV. Plex lacks TV tuner support. Most media devices on the market actually fall down there --no TV tuners.
From what i read it's going to be priced around $199
For those interested Zotac have made a short video...
This is the second thing today that has made me think "wantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwant" (this being the first). Could be absolutely ideal for a general-purpose desktop machine. Although if this Liliputing report is correct then it'll need to be priced very competitively indeed.
According to the wiki it can be done, if it's set up with the correct back-end server http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=PVR. Who needs actual broadcast TV anyway? News can be watched live with iPlayer and most free-to-air broadcasters have their own catchup services .
Where XBMC (and others) fall down for me is in support for VOD streaming services like Netflix - there's no reliable solution (at least that I've found so far) which retains all the metadata and a nice 10-foot UI. This is why I got a Roku 3 backed by a Plex server.
Do want! I've still yet to find a decent tiny PC....
NUC's are ok but a bit steep once you have kitted them out.
I need DVB S2 to watch foreign TV for example, and stuff like F1 isn't otherwise possible to watch live and free of charge.
I wish we had live F1 free of charge over here; the BBC only gets half of the races live.
That's why I have a sattelite dish to watch german television, where they broadcasts all races and even the friday practices live and free of charge. It's basically the only thing I watch on TV
Finally got a response from Zotac's PR: UK RRP will be £159.99 inc VAT.
Cheers Mr H, not as bad as I thought it would be.
Only a £12 markup on $ to £ +20% then based on XE.com. Not too bad relatively speaking...
Edit: above based on $199 RRP according to Corky42 and echoed elsewhere on t'interwebs
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