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$179 Asus Chromebox for XBMC HTPC

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by oh_noes, May 11, 2014.

  1. oh_noes

    oh_noes Member

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    Anyone planning on getting one of these just to flash and run XBMC?

    Looks like a bargain HTPC with HDMI bitstreaming audio for XBMC 13.

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  2. Dropbear

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    neat solution. will keep an eye on it..
     
  3. archie

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    anyone got one up & running yet?
    stable? easy to get up & running? IE as simple as raspbmc on the pi
     
  4. sml_nail

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  5. mR_CaESaR

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    wow, this looks great!

    Are they available here in Australia?
     
  6. Renza

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    $299 here ATM for the Celeron (Bay trail) model. Cheaper to get the Bay trail NUC and kit it out (and you get wifi, more ram for around the same price). Not to mention that the NUC has a built in IR reciever too
     
  7. FarQ

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    Yeah, went the intel celeron nuc for $169. Had some ddr3l ram and a 2.5" sata hdd lying around. Running Openelec and the wife is liking the xbmc remote on her samsung tablet. iOS xbmc remote also available too!
     
  8. mR_CaESaR

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    How's the playback? Is everything smooth?

    I'm thinking of just getting the NUC instead as well.

    Yatse is the best XBMC remote on Android.
     
  9. FarQ

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    Had buffering issues at the start, but it ended up being my NAS..weird, since it was on a wired connection. Anyway, rebooted the NAS and all good. Thrown hobbit2 1080p dts-ma and it played fine. Downmixed to stereo as well. Only thing which is irritating is you have to setup the display overscan and size it up for whichever refresh rate u r using (24/50/60Hz). But u only have to do it once. Its great that all the metadata is there. Thinking of replacing my other wdtv live smp with another one of these. But i need optical out, so will need to pony up for a hdmi->hdmi+optical converter...
     
  10. mR_CaESaR

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    I imagine it can handle XBMC gotham with Aeon MQ5 no dramas? (misses likes that skin)
     
  11. archie

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    I ended up ordering a NUC n2820.

    Still waiting for it but I'll be putting Openelec on it.
     
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    If you wanted to go ARM / Android you'd be better off looking at a OUYA. Reports are they run well, have XBMC support natively thought the app store and are only US$90 plus shipping on Amazon.
     

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