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Review: Dune HD TV303D

by Damian on February 7, 2013 · 253 comments

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I know there have been people patiently (or impatiently lol) waiting for my Dune HD TV303D review, so the time has finally arrived . How does it fare against the previous Dune models such as the Smart D1 or BD Prime 3.0? Well, you will need to read below! Specifications: Price: USD 199 (available here) Processor: Sigma Designs […]

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Review: PCH A-400

by Damian on January 24, 2013 · 42 comments

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Another day, another PCH review  This time, let’s take a look at the new Popcorn Hour A-400. Specifications: Price: USD 249 (available here or here) Connectivity Bonjour, UpnP SSDP, UPnP AV, Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player NSS, Samba, NFS. BitTorrent P2P, Usenet downloader NAS Access : SMB, NFS, FTP Supported Media File Formats Video containers: MPEG1/2/4 […]

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Review: Mede8er MED1000X3D

by Damian on October 24, 2012 · 53 comments

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Back in April I had the chance to review the Mede8er MED500X2, which is based on the Realtek 1185 chip. Today I will be taking a closer look at the Mede8er MED1000X3D. In many respects it is nearly identical to the 500X2. However, instead of the 1185 chip it is running with the 1186 chip, […]

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Review: Dune HD TV 301

by Damian on August 2, 2012 · 28 comments

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As you may already know, I am a big fan of the Dune series of media players (such as the Dune HD Smart D1 and Dune BD Prime 3.0). Well, next up in the Dune family is their “Compact Series”, which is made up of the Dune HD TV 101 and 301. In this review we […]

It’s that time again, another media player review This time I will be taking a look at the Mede8er MED500X2, which is based on the Realtek 1185 chip. Specifications: Price: USD 209 Processor:  Realtek RT D1185- 256MB SPI Flash – 256MB DDR2 SDRAM Video Formats Supported: AVI / BDMV Light / BDISO Light / MKV / TS […]

Nearly a year ago I wrote a post about building a Mini-ITX HTPC. Since then I have been wanting to build a server to use as a testing ground for Windows Home Server 2011. Since this is meant to be a test server, I wasn’t looking to spend a lot of money. If anything, I […]

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Review: Popcorn Hour A-300

by Damian on December 20, 2011 · 75 comments

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It has been over 2 years since I reviewed the Popcorn Hour C-200 (boy how time flies), followed shortly afterwards by the Popcorn Hour A-200. The successor to the 200 series (namely the 300 series) has just been released, with the A-300 hitting first (slightly different from the 200 release where the higher model C-200 […]

First, I want to say “Thank you” to those that have left comments about this series of reviews.  Please keep them coming.  While I haven’t directly responded to each one, I’ve been reviewing them for any suggestions you’ve had and tried to incorporate them into the review. I tore down my HP EX495 a couple of weeks […]

Drive Bender released today version, their third update since the initial launch on October 14th.  This update corrects the following items: Release v1.2.1.5 release (2011-11-07) – Update: Implemented the “Pool setup wizard”. – Update: Fully integrated help system. – Update: Documentation has been greatly improved. – Bug fix: A number issues with add, merge and convert […]

In the last post, we discussed creating a Pool Instance (Drive Pool) and adding in a blank hard drive to start your pool for a new installation.  For those of you that are currently using Windows Home Server 2011, this article is for you! Terminology Drive Bender allows you to add hard drives to your […]