HTPC

The mini-PC revolution has passed a lot of regular computer users as something that happened but might not be that interesting, especially if you are used to the lights and flashier elements of the industry. Despite this, sales of mini-PCs and the development of the platform has been a nice money earner for several companies, and as a result we have Intel’s NUC, GIGABYTE’s BRIX models, Zotac’s mini-PCs, ECS’ Liva and many others tackling this market. Technically this market has two main differentiators – whether the box uses an Atom SoC or something a bit more powerful. For the latter ASRock has had the Vision range of mini-PCs which have been interesting to look at (read Ganesh’s review of the VisionX here), but the...

Interacting with HTPCs: Logitech and Perixx Options Reviewed

We have reviewed a number of HTPC keyboards from vendors such as IOGEAR, SIIG and Adesso in our 'Interacting with HTPCs' series. All of them were compared with the...

70 by Ganesh T S on 5/11/2015

Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell-U Iris NUC Review

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel's NUC systems...

65 by Ganesh T S on 4/20/2015

Future-proofing HTPCs for the 4K Era: HDMI, HDCP and HEVC

4K (Ultra High Definition / UHD) has matured far more rapidly compared to the transition from standard definition to HD (720p) / FHD (1080p). This can be attributed to...

98 by Ganesh T S on 4/10/2015

Intel NUC5i5RYK Review: A Broadwell-U UCFF PC for Enthusiasts

The Intel NUC category has been an interesting product line to analyze, as it provides us with insights into where the traditional casual / home use desktop market might...

79 by Ganesh T S on 2/20/2015

GIGABYTE GB-BXi7H-5500 Broadwell BRIX Review

Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel's NUC and GIGABYTE's BRIX...

53 by Ganesh T S on 1/29/2015

ASRock VisionX 471D Review - Evolutionary Upgrades for a Powerful mini-PC

ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently...

30 by Ganesh T S on 1/26/2015

Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano Review: A Fanless Bay Trail-M mini-PC

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no...

44 by Ganesh T S on 1/6/2015

Zotac ZBOX CA320 nano PLUS Review: A Fanless AMD mini-PC

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no...

31 by Ganesh T S on 11/26/2014

Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano Review: A Fanless Haswell-Y mini-PC

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no...

48 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2014

Logitech K480 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard Capsule Review

We have been doing round-ups of various input devices fit for HTPC purposes. Some of the vendors have started shipping with Bluetooth instead of using a proprietary communication mechanism...

7 by Ganesh T S on 10/28/2014

GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXBT-1900 Review: A Bay Trail UCFF PC

Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel kickstarted the category with...

31 by Ganesh T S on 10/24/2014

Interacting with HTPCs: Adesso Keyboard Options Reviewed

There are many options in the market for users wanting to interact with HTPCs and media streamers. In this short piece, we review the keyboard / trackball / touchpad...

40 by Ganesh T S on 10/22/2014

Zotac Launches Fanless ZBOX C-Series mini-PCs

At Computex 2014, Zotac has launched four new passively-cooled mini-PCs. All of these C-series units are sized the same as Zotac's existing ZBOX nano lineup (127 mm x 127...

6 by Ganesh T S & Mahendra Lodha on 6/2/2014

SilverStone ML04 & ML05 Slim HTPC Cases Review

Silverstone is well-known among technology enthusiasts, and while they offer a great selection of technology-related goods, cases and virtually everything enclosure-related are their specialty. The company offers a very...

39 by E. Fylladitakis on 4/18/2014

CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 14 with HEVC Support

A couple of years back, we reviewed CyberLink's PowerDVD 12 in detail. At that time, support for the mobile ecosystem was one of the most important targets for CyberLink...

37 by Ganesh T S on 4/8/2014

ZOTAC Goes For Iris Pro in Their New ZBOX E-Series Gaming Mini-PCs

So far there have been only a few ways to get hold of an Iris Pro 5200 enabled machine. The first CPUs with these processors were in laptops, until...

24 by Ian Cutress on 3/10/2014

Interacting with HTPCs: IOGEAR and SIIG Options Reviewed

There are many options in the market for users wanting to interact with HTPCs and media streamers. In this short piece, we review the keyboard / trackball / touchpad...

74 by Ganesh T S on 3/2/2014

Intel's Haswell - An HTPC Perspective: Media Playback, 4K and QuickSync Evaluated

Over the last two years, the launch of every major desktop CPU family from both AMD and Intel has been accompanied by a dedicated HTPC-oriented article. This coverage has...

95 by Ganesh T S on 6/2/2013

QNAP Introduces XBMC App for TS-x69 Pro / L Series NAS Units

The Atom D2700 series CPUs have proved quite popular in the SMB / SOHO NAS market. We saw vendors introduce models with HDMI outputs as early as December 2011...

7 by Ganesh T S on 2/7/2013

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