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Topic # 151997 12-Sep-2014 15:31
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Looking for some advice as I'm replacing my old PC that we've had connected to the TV for ages.

Have been looking into various options for this.  All I really want it to be able to do is:


  • play video files from my external hard drive
  • be able to download movies and store them on my external harddrive  
  • use tv/music streaming services like TVNZ on demand, skygo, lightbox, spotify etc

My initial thinking was to go with a very cheap chromebox or chromebook, but now I understand that those won't work with lightbox (because that service uses silverlight).  I suspect that I wouldn't be able to install a bittorrent-type programme on those either.

So is my best option just to buy a cheap laptop?  That will have way more functionality than I need, but it doesn't seem like there's anything with less functionality that still meets my needs.

Appreciate any advice here.


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  Reply # 1127301 12-Sep-2014 15:37
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Intel NUC?

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  Reply # 1127303 12-Sep-2014 15:42
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wellygary: Intel NUC?



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  Reply # 1127304 12-Sep-2014 15:42
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I used an emachines nettop for this purpose, nice little machine which is totally silent.  Asus Eee boxes are similar:

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  Reply # 1127305 12-Sep-2014 15:44
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intel nuc. I have a DN2820fykh celeron model and play movies and music from a nas and also watch Quickflix.  It works really well.  HAvent tried tv ondemand or lightbox etc so cant answer for those.

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  Reply # 1127311 12-Sep-2014 15:58
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Thanks for those suggestions - I'd never heard of an Intel NUC but they look like exactly the kind of thing I'm after.  Will go and take a look at the details.


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  Reply # 1127322 12-Sep-2014 16:21
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wellygary: Intel NUC?




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  Reply # 1127336 12-Sep-2014 17:03
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Yeah get a NUC any thing wont be able to play some thing | Search NZ streaming sites

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  Reply # 1127337 12-Sep-2014 17:06
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I also say get the Inte NUC, the cheap Celeron version is fine and can play 1080p video without a problem.

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  Reply # 1127349 12-Sep-2014 17:18
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Mac mini. Built in HDMI, perfect for doing what you describe. I personally am waiting for the next model as the current one is nearly 2 years old, still perfectly adequate though.


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  Reply # 1127442 12-Sep-2014 19:52
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Of a gigabyte brix off amazon.

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