Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jan 2010 00:33 UTC
Multimedia, AV My favourite media centre software, Boxee, has just launched the highly-anticipated new beta version of its XBMC-based media centre, complete with a redesigned user interface. On top of that, Boxee launched its very first piece of hardware during CES, the Boxee Box, together with D-Link. It's an impressive little device.
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RE: ... and where do you put it?
by Laurence on Fri 8th Jan 2010 10:12 UTC in reply to "... and where do you put it?"
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... and with a target price point of $199, at that point buy a Acer Revo which can do stuff OTHER than their service - AND would be a lot easier to tuck into a corner or stack atop something else.

I'm currently running Boxee off a freebie laptop a mate gave me because he broken the LCD screen.
It makes a great system because (aside being free) it's very quiet and draws much less power than a standard tower would. Plus the laptop is a reasonable spec so plays HD content well (not perfectly, but near to that).

But even with the compactness of my Boxee laptop, I quickly came to realise that they take up more space than I (and you) first anticipate.
The reason is simple - all the connectors on a laptop are spread across at least 3 of the 4 sides.

So on my laptop, I have the audio connectors on the front, the ethernet on one side, the USB ports (for remote control) on the other side and the power cable on the back.
It gets further messy if I choose to plug in a USB keyboard (something that wont be required on Boxees official device due to their remote control design), a mouse or any other additional USB storage devices.

So quickly my compact and tidy laptop looks like a bulky and messy octopus (particularly when you factor in that many wires usually need around an inch of overhang from the socket before you can tuck them away (either because of the design of the cable's plug or because the cable itself is too tough to perform "tight turning circles" - for want a better description)

With this in mind, ~124GBP seems like a good price for a quiet, low-watt media device to me (assuming I can order the device here in the UK).

Plus, (and being optimistic for the moment) because the device is running Linux and has ethernet plus 2 USB ports - there may still be every opportunity to hack/expand it to run additional services to additional storages and so on.

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