Running, 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, 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.
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