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ASRock Vision 3D 137B HTPC with NVIDIA 3DTV Play Review

Although Home Theater PCs have been around for quite some time, they are still somewhat tough to define. For some, the term HTPC conjures up images of an ultra small form factor, low-power system that will be used for nothing more than accessing multimedia files. But for others an HTPC is more akin to a hardcore piece of A/V and entertainment equipment that can do it all—play back virtually any file type, browse the web, play games at 1080p resolutions—you name it.

The muddled state of the HTPC market is compounded further by OEMs and DIYers as well. Pre-Built home theater PCs are as varied as can be; compare the diminutive and affordable Zotac ZBox AD03 to something like an extravagant Okoro OMS-GX3000 and you’ll see what we mean. Similarly, do a quick search for HTPC in our pricing engine over there in the right margin and you’ll find a dizzying array of case options available. For the uninitiated, choosing the right HTPC setup can be daunting to say the least.

There may not be a “one size fits all” HTPC. However, there are some HTPC features that are universally (well, almost universally) desired. For one, it’s our opinion that an HTPC should be as quiet as possible. It should also be capable of any multimedia related task, it should be easy to install and use, and it should look like it belongs in its environment. Even with those guidelines in mind, an HTPC can be many things. However, it looks like ASRock, has struck a great balance between performance, form factor, and features with one of their HTPC lines and have come up with a solution that will likely please a wide swathe of potential HTPC consumers.

The ASRock Vision 3D HTPC, with NVIDIA 3DTV Play technology, is an attractive home theater PC on many levels. We show you why and how in the video below and will step through many of its features and performance on the pages ahead.

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