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Nvidia has released the 2017 version of the NVIDIA Shield TV, the new model is smaller and houses a few new features. The Android TV box based unit is a little streaming box that allows for a multitude of functionality as it properly takes over your Smart-TV experience, but can also function as a streaming game console. And yes, if you install Kodi, you'll have a fully fledged Ultra HD HDR10 ready media player with Dolby Atmos support as well.
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Nvidia have released their NVIDIA Shield game console to the European Benelux market, as such we finally have received a sample for review. The Android TV box based unit is a little gem as it properly takes over your Smart-TV experience, but can also function as a simple game console. You can use Nvidia Grid to stream games (subscription based) and, if you install Kodi, you'll have a fully fledged Ultra HD ready media player.
Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/14/2016 10:21 AM [ 3 comment(s) ]
Shuttle has a long history with many kinds of pre-configured PCs and barebones, in many flavors and options. In this article we review their all new XPC SH170R6 Barebone Desktop. This is a chassis, motherboard, power supply and cooling.
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Small, smaller, smallest? Shuttle now offers their new and tiny XPC NC01U. It is so small that you can mount this fully fetched Windows 10 Ready PC behind your monitor. With power consumption below 10 Watts this thing offers incredible fun. Armed with an Intel Celeron 3205U Processor clocked at 1.50GHz and then combined with M.2. SSD, a decent chipset, USB 3.0 ports, 2.5" SSD support as well as AC WiFi and a Gigabit LAN jack you will be surprised to see what this product offers.
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Shuttle has jumped on the Mini (HT)PC market with their new and quite funky looking DS57U . In its bare essence this pretty much a tiny fanless PC that is armed with an Intel Celeron 3205U Processor clocked at 1.50GHz and then combined with a decent chipset this puppy offers USB 3.0 ports, MSata and 2.5" SSD support as well as WiFi and two Gigabit LAN jacks. Not bad for a product that doesn't have any active fans right?
we review the Silverstone GD07 HTPC chassis. The Grandia GD07, an updated version which offers everything you ever wanted in for a HTPC, it's so spacious that you could even use it as a very cool desktop PC. I mean Extended ATX (EATX) sized motherboards fit (!), heck you can even throw in very long graphics cards in there as we'll show you.
ASUS recently released its new compact HD media player, it's called the O!Play Mini and this is the Plus edition. The O!Play Mini Plus TV Media Player allows you to play digital films, music and photos directly on your TV with High Definition quality (1080p) and does a thing or two more.
The market is continuously changing, the biggest trend last year where tablets, Android entered the market and that certainly changed the balance of smart phones. The concept proofs that you can do a lot of stuff with very little hardware, yet it remains intuitive. With that concept in mind AC Ryan started developing a new media hub slash player, in fact I shouldn't call it a media-player really as it is much more then that. The end product is called the Veolo.
The Veolo is AC Ryan's version of a media 'HUB' powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo).
So the new Sitecom Media Player comes standard with a new improved GUI, but also hardware wise harbor the latest Realtek 1185 chipset, and that changes a thing or two as pretty much any of the performance issues we had noticed in 1080P content playback (with very high bit-rate) on the previous chipset now are a thing of the past. That Realtek 1185 chipset has an increased clock frequency, 500 MHz coming from 400 MHz on the original version. And as little as it sounds, it makes a serious difference. The HDD TV Media Player 2TB allows you to play digital films, music and photos directly on your TV with High Definition quality (1080p).
The interesting thing about the PlayOnHD series 2 media-players is that they come standard with the new and very much improved GUI but also hardware wise harbor the latest Realtek 1185 chipset, and that changes a thing or two as the performance issues we had noticed in 1080P content playback (with very high bit-rate) are now a thing of the past. That Realtek 1185 chipset has an increased clock frequency, 500 MHz coming from 400 MHz on the original version. And it makes all the difference. Meanwhile AC Ryan started to further improve on the PlayOn!HD 2 as you'll spot a USB 3.0 slave port which you can use to quickly play back from or transfer files.
Today we test the Playon!HD 1TB and Playon!HD Mini with new updated firmware, both products are media streamers, they can sniff your network for photo's, music, but most of all these little kits are specialized high-definition content playback up-to 1080P, and that's where stuff gets interesting.
Jetway has jumped on the Mini HTPC market with their new and quite funky looking Mini-TOP. In its bare essence this pretty much a tiny PC that is armed with an Atom D525 Processor clocked at 1.80GHz and then combined with a NVIDIA's ION2 GPU / chipset implementation to make the most out of a typically very limited environment.
VidaBox vCase3 Premium tested - This chassis is a low profile mATX HTPC chassis with a great design at a reasonable price. Simple, basic, handy -- these are all keywords that apply to the overall design and looks of the vCase3 Premium. Especially in an era where we see form factors change a lot, a chassis like this in the living room can help out a lot. It blends in with the rest of your components really well, it can house the latest mATX motherboards. You can pop in a regular ATX power supply and well... you are good to go. Whether it is entry-level, mid-range or even if you pop in say a high-end ASUS Maximus II Gene with Core i7 870 processor -- it's all possible with this HTPC chassis.
Zalman recently released a new chassis onto the market called MS1000-HS2, a chassis targeted at the somewhat high-end professional end-user with a grasp for style, design and functionality. The chassis offers way more than standard features though, we see sound dampening, removable drive bays, optimized cooling at low noise levels and sure just offering very versatile chassis. Next to the stylish smooth lines and lack of weird curvatures in the design you'll also spot hot-swappable drives; no less than six removable HDDs can be installed in this HS2 model.
Today we review a product called the VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard with Laser Trackball. This is an all-round HTPC keyboard with a very wide RF range and embedded trackball. Very handy stuff to use in your home theater environment
Cooler Master designed the Cooler Master LAB Test Bench v1.0. It's what has been missing here at the lab alright, a nice looking, easy to use chassis where we can pop on and off hardware components, it makes motherboard, cooler and RAM testing really easy. And as simple as this product is, we really like it. And rest assured we'll be using it with pretty much any future motherboard review. It's not a suitable product for everybody, but if it applies to you we can wholeheartedly recommend it.
Here we test the NZXT Whisper chassis. A nice design chassis that is big in size (full-tower) yet with a focus on decent airflow in that chassis, and the room for everything you can think of. Are the looks fooling us or is this a really worthy chassis concept ?
A preview on NVIDIA ION. What NVIDIA has done with the ION is to create a platform that combines a GeForce 9400M chipset with an Intel Atom processor, all placed on a Pico-ITX PCB. The advantage here is by using such a chipset the environment (PC) will instantly gain modern features and the sheer influence of a GeForce graphics processor meaning you can playback 1080P movies on for example a Netbook or mini-PC.