Blueado Mini m5e review: Blueado Mini m5e

Running Windows XP Media Center Edition , the Blueado Mini m5e doesn't include much in the way of bundled apps but does include some custom Media Center software. When you order a system, the company asks you via a Web form about your local cable company and what kind of A/V connections you plan to use. The Blueado Mini m5e arrives preset to those preferences, which you can change later, and they are displayed on a My Blueado page within the Media Center menu, a unique and useful feature that you won't find on mainstream Media Center PCs.

The other custom MCE plug-in is Blueado's One Button TV service, which can record a "series" of related TV programs with one click of the mouse. The initial package was set up for the NCAA basketball tournament, and future updates are promised to cover everything from the NHL to the NFL. The idea sounds promising, but we were too late to try it for recording basketball games, and future updates have not yet been released, so we haven't seen it in action.

The Blueado Mini m5e is intended to hook into your existing home-theater setup, so neither a monitor nor speakers are included or offered. Besides a living room-friendly, wireless Microsoft Media Center keyboard , a standard MCE remote and receiver are part of the package.

The warranty on the Blueado Mini m5e lasts one year. We would like to see an option to purchase an extended warranty. Toll-free phone support runs daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, and if you have to send the system back for repair, the company will pay for shipping both ways. Web site support is limited to providing contact information for customer service; no FAQ or driver downloads are offered. The included documentation, however, sets a gold standard that other PC vendors should aspire to. The bound, full-color user manual includes illustrated photos of the system and all of its inputs and outputs, as well as detailed step-by-step instructions for connecting all kinds of audio and video components.

Application performance
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BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  

Multimedia tests (in seconds)
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Sorenson Squeeze 4 video-encoding test  
Adobe Photoshop CS test  
Apple iTunes MP3-encoding test  

System configurations:
Apple Mac Mini Core Duo
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 64MB shared memory; Seagate ST98823AS 80GB Serial ATA 7,200rpm

Blueado Mini m5e
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 2.0GHz Intel Pentium M 760; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Western Digital 200GB Serial ATA 7,200rpm

HP Pavilion s7320n Slimline PC
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 1.6GHz Intel Celeron M 380; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Seagate ST3200826AS 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Polywell MiniBox2 939NP
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.0GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+; Nvidia Nforce 430 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB integrated Nvidia GeForce 6150; two WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0 250GB 7,200rpm SATA; integrated Nvidia Nforce4 RAID class controller (RAID 0)

Shuttle XPC G5 1100h
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.0GHz Intel Pentium M 760; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); WDC WD200JS-22MHB0 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

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    Blueado Mini m5e

    Part Number: M5E Released: Feb 25, 2006

    This product is available directly from the manufacturer's Web site.

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    • Release date Feb 25, 2006