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