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Need advise for miniPC and software (replacement for XBMC)

by beakerbreak / January 22, 2008 11:20 AM PST

I'm now looking for a miniPC for my grandpa's birthday to replace the original XBOX with XBMC installed.

I did some homework and found the AOpen MiniPC will fit my budget.
However, I still have the major problem.
I need a software which work similar to XBMC which able to support multiple videos format, rmvb, wmv, divx... and support the Windows Media Center Remote.

Here's the complete list of features I'm looking for.
- Simplicity, easy to use for old folks (he already familiar with XBMC gui)
- support multiple video formats, DVD, HD-video, rmvb,...
- support remote control (TV, PC all in one would be a plus)

Thanks in advance for anyone who help.

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Choose the standard ATX PC instead
by Dango517 / January 22, 2008 10:44 PM PST

It's all about speed and power. Mini's have far less of both then the standard Desktop PC.

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Aopen Mini PC - power by Intel mobile cpu - POWERFUL
by pkww2 / July 8, 2008 3:03 AM PDT

Aopen Mini PC - it is powered by Intel mobile cpu, you get all the power you need for home entertainment PC. I have an Aopen Mini PC MP965D-R with Vista Preminum power by a Core2Duo T7500 cpu with 2 GB RAM & 250GB mobile hard drives. I have this unit on the living room under my 47" Samsung LCD TV. By using the optional Wireless kit with the mini PC, my kids has been using the big screen to watch download movies, surf the web and even play on line game on it. The unit is so small and no noise at all. The only issue is this unit do not have HDMI but I heard Aopen come out with a new unit call MP45 which has even better Intel G45 chipset with more advance graphic and with HDMI.The other thing is this baby on use max. 90w power so I play less on my electric bill. Small mini PC is good for a lot of applications and for old folks. But you need power to play games, then go for those 1000W system which the electric bill will kill you now!!!

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re: advice
by ramarc / January 23, 2008 2:33 AM PST

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