March 12, 2009

HTPC – mac disappoints, can Asus fill a gap?

Since I got my flat screen telly I’ve been looking for a small form PC/Mac to plug into to it for iPlayer and other media duties.

I was waiting a long time for an update to the Mac Mini and when it came, well, it’s a good little machine but waaaaay too expensive. In these troubled times the expense is just too much to justify, especially if you add a Media server on top.

However, as a Mac devotee stepping away from the platform felt like the wrong idea.

Until this little combination cropped up.

Asus Eee Box 206 + HP Mediasmart = multiplatform media sharing and fun.

So, Mac latops, Asus into the telly, HP mediasmart sharing files between the two. Seems sensible.

Yes, there are probably easier ways to do this and the HP bit is not cheap, but there you go. I don’t have Linux badges.

Only problem is the Asus is reported as being available now, but I can’t find one for love nor money. The HP is supposed to be here in March but no confirmed release date.

A little more waiting I feel.

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  1. Jenny Delasalle

    Have you got a networked games console? You can download via Iplayer onto your laptop/pc and then access the files from the games console… not sure about “other media duties” though :-)

    12 Mar 2009, 18:36

  2. true but I want something that will sync with iTunes too.

    12 Mar 2009, 19:08

  3. John Dale

    Hmm. What will you use for the ten foot interface on the Asus? Will you need any PVR functionality anywhere in the equation? My experience with playing files from a NAS to a PC under the TV is that wireless and Homeplug aren’t up to the job, and you need actual ethernet cable to make it work.

    In the end, I abandoned networking and servers and went with USB hard drives and a WD TV player, which for £80 is a superb little box. (No fan noise either, which is one of my pet hates.)

    15 Mar 2009, 17:58

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