February 5, 2015 Watch & Learn
I want to share my complete HTPC setup with everyone. I will touch from hardware to software. Since I understand the simpler I keep thing the nicer and smoother they work. Also less complains from the wife. Unlike most I don’t like to spend hundred of dollars in hardware equipment. Specially if I don’t have to. My PC is low powered as far as CPU wise but it has hardware acceleration (GPU) and very low on power consumption.
March 12, 2014 Media Center, Software
A year after the release of Frodo, the XBMC team has just announced the launch of the first beta version of XBMC 13 by the code name of Gotham. A version that includes many new features but also marks the end of support for Windows XP.
At the novelty , Gotham improves the fluidity on less powerful platforms like the Raspberry Pi and Android devices. On this same point, the big news comes mainly from the hardware acceleration support on...
March 12, 2014 Media Center PC
We already knew the Shuttle XS35 V3 that works with an aging Atom D2700 and which was completely passive cooling. According to the sources of our colleagues Fanlesstech , Shuttle is currently tweaking the V4 version of the XS35 . The idea is the same, keep a fanless design but incorporating a little more power in this mini- PC.
V4 should take the same design as the V3 pictured here
So we return to a J1900 Celeron based on the Bay Trail...
June 25, 2013 Do It Yourself
This was the first PC I built, and it is designed to be a HTPC that is also for gaming and system emulation. It is definitely a more expensive build than most PCs but it is the most capable one that I can imagine.
This is the breakdown of the components that I used in this build:
Processor – Intel Core i5 3570K – 3.4 GHz overclocked to 4.2 GHz
Processor Cooler – Noctua NH-C14 (there is clearance for this to work in the...
June 20, 2013 Media Center, Software
Just a few days before the arrival of summer, the Raspberry Pi’s XBMC distribution is back with a new update where the changelog mentions quite a few fixes and a few new features.
The main changes to note in this new version is the support of Stealth Nighthawk F117A, an HDMI dongle on XBMC, adding new skins, the ability to use two simultaneous audio outputs (HDMI and analog), or compatibility with Raspberry Pi camera add-on for...
June 18, 2013 Cases, Components
With the ML05, SilverStone perhaps will shake a little the compact HTPC case market segment. Announced at 6980 yens, less than $75, it appears to be in a pretty good position, although its reduced size imposes some restrictions.
Measuring 350 x 99 x 204mm, it is only compatible with a slim optical drive and a SFX PSU, while storage is allowed only four 2.5″ units. Or almost…
As is often happen on the brand, the partial modularity...
June 17, 2013 Projectors, TVs & Projectors
Optoma has launched a new 3D-compatible 720p DLP, the Optoma H100.
The H100 is an Optoma 3D projector with a DarkChip 3 DLP chip, which offers a 720p display. Identically to the HD25-LV, the contrast ratio is announced at 20 000:1, while climbing to 3200 lumens of brightness. It has a 190W lamp whose life is announced between 4500h and 6000h (Brightness Mode / Eco Mode). The operating noise is 26dB (minimum).
The H100 also features a...
June 9, 2013 Do It Yourself
Tutorial building an HTPC with windows 8.
June 7, 2013 Media Center PC
Giada, the Mini PC specialist, evolved its range to include the Intel Core fourth generation. It also features a new chassis with a dedicated graphics card and thought to the living room.
In recent years, Giada has made a specialty of mini PCs, designed on the basis of very thin boxes, accompanied by suitable motherboards. The manufacturer, which offers Intel and ARM solutions to its catalog presented at Computex Taipei the I56,...
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