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 over 2.4 GHz RF. The advantage of Bluetooth is its versatility and presence in almost all modern mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). These don't support a full-size USB host port for plugging in the USB RF receiver dongles. Utilizing Bluetooth enables these input devices to communicate with the rising crop of mobile devices as well as interface with traditional PCs. Communication with PCs can be enabled by using either an inbuilt card - common in most notebooks which integrate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities in a single mPCIe card - or, an explicit Bluetooth dongle. Logitech recently...

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...

30 by Ganesh T S 6 days ago

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...

39 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...

35 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

Arctic Introduces OpenELEC-based MC001-XBMC HTPC

Arctic announced the availability of their MC001-XBMC passive HTPC today. Based on the Intel Atom D525 and the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5430, the unit comes with OpenELEC pre-installed...

17 by Ganesh T S on 2/5/2013

Getting the Best out of an Ivy Bridge HTPC: Windows 8, madVR and More..

The build process and thermal performance of a fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC was covered in detail last month. I had indicated that the piece would be the first of...

138 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2013

Interacting with HTPCs: Adesso, IOGear & Rapoo Demonstrate Options at CES 2013

Media Center remotes are a dime a dozen, but, judging by the threads which frequently pop up on AVSForum, it appears as if full-sized keyboards are preferred by a...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2013

Zotac ZBOX ID42 Keeps 'Ion' Alive

Zotac's ZBOX mini-PCs have proved popular in emerging markets. The Ion boxes based on the Intel Atom and NVIDIA GPU combination, however, have run their course. NVIDIA no longer...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

Fractal Design Node 605 Case Review: Is Fractal Design Ready for Primetime?

Media center enclosures can be a very tricky business. 25 years ago, horizontally-oriented cases were the norm, but the ATX standard complicates things. We're also dealing with hotter components...

50 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/1/2013

Streacom's FC10 and Nano150: Building a Fanless Ivy Bridge HTPC

HTPC enthusiasts often place a lot of emphasis on silent systems for obvious reasons. We have looked at systems with passive thermal solutions before, but never presented the build...

63 by Ganesh T S on 12/22/2012

Steiger Dynamics Launches LEET Gaming HTPC Lineup

We are no strangers to boutique PC makers here at AnandTech, having reviewed systems from AVADirect, iBUYPOWER and Puget Systems regularly. Most of these boutique PCs are targeted exclusively...

31 by Ganesh T S on 12/13/2012

Aleutia Relia Industrial PC Review: Ivy Bridge & Q77 in a Fanless Chassis

Industrial PCs come with stringent requirements that are not satisfied by generic PCs. It is customary for builders to use active cooling in order to ensure that the components...

47 by Ganesh T S on 12/4/2012

Aleutia Launches Ivy Bridge-based Relia Fanless Industrial Media PCs

Aleutia is one of the few companies focusing on fanless and rugged PCs suited for industrial purposes. They started off in 2007 with an intent to serve the social...

16 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2012

ASRock Vision HT: Ivy Bridge Carries the SFF HTPC Forward

The small form factor (SFF) HTPC market has been steadily growing over the last few years. As mobile processors become more and more powerful, it is becoming easier for...

40 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2012

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