Last month, Microsoft confirmed that Windows Media Center would not be included in Windows 10. It was not a surprise, because almost no one uses Windows Media Center (it was only available as a paid add-on in Windows 8). But it is a shame, because Windows Media Center might be the best DVR software out there. And it…
Luckily for you, your new HTCP controller comes pre-named: meet Mimi. She costs $145, and lets you surf the internet on your TV without the painstaking juggle of a keyboard and mouse plugged in. Veho has seen fit to add a mouse to the keyboard and gamepad, plus two joysticks and digital buttons to boot.
It's a bit pricier than our favorite media player, the O!Play at $144, but the miniaturized Playon!HD from A.C. Ryan does include support for internet streaming services, NAS and USB attached storage along with 1080p.
For us PC fanboys and gals who secretly drool over the Mac Mini's oh-so-tiny appearance, there's the Ripple Look. It's a great-looking Home Theater PC with an Intel dual core processor, 160GB of space, HD support, and one weird commercial.
Like Kate Moss, this crazy thin EdgeCenter media server from Piixl (who?) is nearly invisible when viewed from the side. And that's precisely the point, as the pricey unit is meant to be hidden behind your HDTV.
I hear a lot about those damned netbooks as hot buys this season, but Prof. Dealzmodo suggests getting something that's actually, you know...useful. HTPCs baby. There has never been a better time:
The GlideTV Navigator—a trackpad remote for an HTPC, AppleTV, WMC, Boxee, PS3 or Mac—is shaped so strangely that you figure the ergonomics must be amazing.
I only watch a handful of the 200+ DirecTV channels I pay for. To see whether I could survive without the pricey service, I simply went without it. I soon wondered why we all don't just turn off traditional TV.
FINALLY. Microsoft and CableLabs are finally opened the door to have regular people add in CableCARD tuners by themselves, after they've purchased the PC and set it up. This is good news.
If you can handle its 24-inch screen, the Medion X9613 all-in-one certainly looks the part of a perfectly contained HTPC.
Portwell's WEBS-1010 might not look like much, but it's a functional PC that will fit in your pocket and play back HD content. And it's priced under $500.
You'd think if Sony was teaming up with Best Buy, it'd be for a cheaper line of stuff that looks cool to retake minds and hearts—nope. Their new Altus line does look alright though. For iPod docks, anyway.
The Q700 looks like a nettop, but has a little more balls thanks to a 2.5GHz Pentium Dual-Core E5200. Top specs include a TV tuner, HDMI, 4GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, and Intel GMA X4500 graphics. Prices start from $499.
Sure, money can't buy taste, but in this case it'll get you design and craftsmanship that looks amazing. And good news: Gaiser High End's Design PC range will only cost you about the price of a new car.