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Windows 7: Processor for HD small minicomputer?

22 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7
Processor for HD small minicomputer?

Wondering what processor is better equipped to stream and play HD video to an HDMI port... AMD E350 or Intel Atom?

Im looking to purchase a mini pc to attached to my TV to play HD video with VLC and stream from the net. Currently I'm looking at Foxcon, Zotac and Asus Eee pc's. Trying to stay under $250.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

This is a good alternative for a mini PC for streaming video.

I was using WD TV (1st gen) from Western Digital for playing HD video, Audio and Photos from USB connected external HDDs, for the last 3 years and was very happy with the performance. This had HDMI, Composite output and Optical audio to connect to a home theatre.

Three days ago, upgraded to WD TV Live Streaming Media Player (3rd gen), with HDMI output and streaming capabilities. This player now comes with Wi-Fi (b,g,n).

File Formats Supported

Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)



Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL

Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

  • MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
  • MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
  • WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
  • H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
  • H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
  • An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
  • Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048x2048.
  • Single layer TIFF files only.
  • Uncompressed BMP only.
  • For details, please refer to the user manual.
And the price is just under $100 and I highly recommend it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7

Sounds great, but I'm looking for a small PC so that I can run VLC, Winamp and stream from net and my cloud drive...looking to use a blutooth keyboard to do minimal PC stuff too.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Aug 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Try this review.

Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Third Generation - Review.

You can connect a USB keyboard also to this device. It can do almost everything you need in multimedia except function as a PC.

If you still wants a PC then go ahead. Good Luck.
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