Steiger Dynamics announces set of VR enabled HTPC

I prefer to build my own HTPC, but not everyone has the time or desire to do that. Fortunately companies like Steiger Dynamics provide options, including three new Kaby Lake models announced at CES. With different sizes and configs they should have most use cases covered… Encased in the award-winning hand-brushed aluminum LEET Mk2 and MAVEN Mk2 chassis, LEET and […]

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Intel NUC6i5SYK Skylake SFF HTPC kit

Intel NUC6i5SYK Skylake SFF HTPC kit

Intel just about perfected the small form factor (SFF) home theater PC (HTPC) over the last few iterations of NUC systems, so it is great to see that the Skylake based Intel NUC6i5SYK kit has stayed with this winning formula. Updated with an Intel Core i5-6260U with Intel Iris Graphics 540, support for NVMe SSD, and DDR4, the system has […]

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MSI Cubi 2 Plus HTPC reviewed @ Anandtech

If you want a NUC like HTPC, but don’t want an Intel branded system this system from MSI looks like a decent alternative. Although, it doesn’t look to have CIR or HDMI CEC capability so… The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact […]

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ASUS CES 2016 announcements

I think ASUS forgot to mention HTPC as a key use case for its recently announced mini-PCs. Looking at the spec’s and product photos, they would slot right into the A/V cabinet :). VivoMini VC65 Series ASUS’ VivoMini VC65 Series PCs are the world’s smallest with support for up to four storage devices and RAID functionality, making them ideally suited […]

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Streamcom F12C HTPC chassis reviewed @ TweakTown

Streamcom HTPC chassis look fantastic, have good build quality, and are well thought out – at least that’s been my experience. The F12C looks to be no exception either, although I do find the front to be a bit too boring-slab-of-aluminum for my personal taste. While up until this chassis hit the lab for testing, we will admit that Streacom […]

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TechReport Reviews Zotac’s Zbox Magnus EN970

If integrated graphics won’t cut it for your mini HTPC needs, something like the Zotac Zbox Magnus EN970 might be just the thing. I haven’t had the best experience with Zotac’s BIOS support lifecycle, so make sure to do your research and pick something you’ll be happy with long term. The miniaturization of PCs is an interesting trend. Of late, […]

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Zotac Announce Two Zbox Braswell Mini-PC

Looking for a cheap OpenELEC or HTPC streamer? You could do worse than a Braswell (Atom) based system, and Zotac just announced two new boxes, in two different formats. These new systems use Intel’s Atom N3150 SoC, part of the Braswell family of products. The N3150 contains four low-power CPU cores, rated with a max TDP of 6 W, operating […]

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