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Topic # 126808 20-Jul-2013 15:01
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Looking to up grade our current TV need help figuring out what would be better. A Smart TV or using the money save on a Standard Tv and get a Mini HTPC system to hook up to it. We have a Tivo, no sky. We would need to be able to use Skype, TVNZ Ondemand, You Tube and maybe a little browsing. Any help appreciated.
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  Reply # 862637 20-Jul-2013 16:01
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For ease of use I would go HTPC any day. Smart TV interfaces are too clonky

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  Reply # 862676 20-Jul-2013 17:53
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Smart interface is too slow. Drives me and even the kids bonkers. We all just end up doing stuff through the PC.




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  Reply # 862716 20-Jul-2013 19:37
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The flip side is while an htpc is much more capable, unless you're planning on using a keyboard/mouse, most sites you'd stream off present a regular desktop interface to you...which from 3 - 6m away is hard to use and read.




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  Reply # 862717 20-Jul-2013 19:40
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Windows 8 and Unified Remote for android is a pretty good combination in our house.




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  Reply # 862723 20-Jul-2013 19:42
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It's more the display a web page like I'm 2 feet away (like a laptop) that I find is the biggest issue. The control is easy enough, if annoying to have to use a keyboard.mouse. I prefer to use a remote. And most web sites don't respond well to a remote




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Windows 2012 
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