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DONE: Finally I got my Windows Media Center 2005
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 28.06.05 - 18:54:32 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 20716x
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Okay, okay - if you are a frequent reader of the::unwired you know that I've planned to buy a Windows Media Center Edition forever, even before MCE 2005 was released.
However, when it became clear that DVB-T is starting here in Munich (launch was 01. May) I decided to wait until it was launched to make sure I just start with a DVB-T card instead of an analogue TV-card.
Since neither HP nor Shuttle have released their Media Centers yet (the one I want) I decided to start with an interim Media Center for my living room since my self-made test-MCE (based on a standard PC) is way too loud for the living room so here we go with my latest gadget:

It's a Medion Media Center Edition 2005 with an Intel Pentium 4 CPU 530 (with HT), running on 3 GHz with 1 MB L2 cache and 800 MHz FSB. In addiiton it includes a 250 GB serial HDD, an ATI Radeon X300 graphic card with TV-out, a DVD ReWriter with DVD+R9 Dual Layer support plus a lot more (including 10/100 LAN/Wi-Fi b/g, DVB-T, a multi-card reader, etc).

So yes, it's good (at least good enough to run MCE) but nothing special at all. Also it's my first Medion PC and I will monitor the quality and performance over the next weeks and month.

My first impression - the value for money (it costs 1099 Euro at the moment) is worth the payment and I've just copied tons of music and video files from my current "office" PC to the new "living room" PC. Also I haven't used MCE 2005 so far but 2004 only and the improvements are significant. If you have the chance for an upgrade you should do so - more flexible and more customer friendliness use!

My latest gadget just arrived in time to test highpad highpad Media Control which was released yesterday (see my previous posting) and also the synchronization of my Apple iPod (via iTunes) and Portable Media Center (via Windows Media 10/MCE) worked smooth so far.

Now I have to connect my Siemens DVB-T dual-tuner with my MCE-PC to use it's HDD as a HDD-recorder while I continue to watch TV via the MCE itself.
So yes, still a lot to test, even more to play with and having fun with my latest gadget. ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by farnold on 28.06.05 - 22:01:47

Congratulations, Arne. Yep, I know exactly how you feel. Waiting for the right gear and technical environment to finally be available. With now digital TV down here and all Pay TV running analogue for a while I'm just waiting and chewing my nails off ;-)

Two questions:
What remote are you using? Did it come with one or are you aiming for a one-controls-all-devices?

What happened to the beautiful Shuttle MCE you introduced in February / March this year? It was supposed to be available after CeBIT...

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.06.05 - 09:03:51

It comes with the original Microsoft Windows Media Center RC - second edition (made for MCE 2005) which includes LIVE TV keys, etc. In addition I use - for sure - my Pocket PCs to control it via W-LAN! smile

As far as I understood Shuttle, it's delayed. You are right, that one and the new HP (which seems to be available in the US already) was my choices too but I wasn't able to wait any-longer. wink So maybe I upgrade next year (since I need a PC every year anyway "um etwas zum Abschreiben zu haben" (sorry for German but farnold knows what I mean).

But you are right, the Shuttle is still my choice too - hope to get my hands, at least for a test on it in August time frame (or later).

Posted by JaToAc on 29.06.05 - 09:20:01

hi arne, nice, really nice... i can't find it on the medion site, could you provide a linkß thank you

Posted by farnold on 29.06.05 - 09:52:13

Yep, I know the original RC and have one - but no MCE machine yet ;-)

Arne Hess wrote:

So maybe I upgrade next year (since I need a PC every year anyway "um etwas zum Abschreiben zu haben" (sorry for German but farnold knows what I mean).

Hihi, I know exactely what you. But even that concept is different down here. Being employed means you cannot write these things off - not even the KM you drive... but should I take that as a reason to quit ;-)

Arne Hess wrote:

But you are right, the Shuttle is still my choice too - hope to get my hands, at least for a test on it in August time frame (or later).

I'd love to read a review about this one, but am also pretty keen to learn more about the experience you make with the one you just got.

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.06.05 - 15:12:09

JaToAc wrote:

hi arne, nice, really nice... i can't find it on the medion site, could you provide a linkß thank you

Yes, for some reasons it's not Medion's website but you can download a "Mediamarkt" flyer here which includes the PC: http://www.mediamarkt.de/multimedia-pro … 6_0607.pdf

Posted by Wiz on 29.06.05 - 17:13:23

Hey Arne,

I took out the components of a spare Packard Bell and put them in the gorgeous Ahanix DV5 case (you can see an image on http://www.quibus.nl/). This now is my MCE 2005 box ... same specs as your Medio, just different case.

Cheers Willem

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.06.05 - 19:11:58

farnold wrote:

Yep, I know the original RC and have one - but no MCE machine yet ;-)

Hehehe... smile Like me! I had one for a year already but this v2 is slightly different/improved. Also th eone I got is iluminated, pretty handy in the evening.

Hihi, I know exactely what you. But even that concept is different down here. Being employed means you cannot write these things off - not even the KM you drive... but should I take that as a reason to quit ;-)

That's the advantage of being self-employed as a technology consultant. smile

I'd love to read a review about this one, but am also pretty keen to learn more about the experience you make with the one you just got.

Yeah, I'm trying hard to get one for a review as soon as it becomes available in Germany.

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.06.05 - 19:14:49

Wiz wrote:

I took out the components of a spare Packard Bell and put them in the gorgeous Ahanix DV5 case (you can see an image on http://www.quibus.nl/). This now is my MCE 2005 box ... same specs as your Medio, just different case.

Looks like a nice case - maybe a little bit thick? But it looks as you can add a second HDD there, I can't... sad
How is the noise? Good enough to keep it running in the living room?

Posted by JaToAc on 30.06.05 - 11:48:46

thanks for the link... but it seems to be down... no pdf...

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.06.05 - 11:56:31

I think they have removed it because the new flyer which becomes valid tomorrow (they change it once every week). Nevertheless, they have a Flash presentation here which is, however, not that informative in therms of the devices features: http://www.mediamarkt.de/comp/tsp/inteldigitalhome/

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.07.05 - 16:43:30

Today I found another (real) spec-PDF at the Medion Switzerland site you can download from here:

http://www.medion.ch/images/pi_epc_ch.pdf

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