So, I decided to try Apple TV 2 out to see how well it would perform as a home theater computer. In this article, you will learn why my wife is currently using an ATV2 and why I still have another HTPC in our living room.
UPDATE: 8/14/11 – There has been a significant price drop to $99. It would seem that this little Logitech Revue with Google TV helps to unify our TV-focused lives when it comes to transforming the world of HTPCs. Quite simply, the Revue with Google TV is a set-top box with HDMI-in. On the inside, this is a very solid idea by Google and Logitech as it tries to do what many home theater computer enthusiasts spend months attempting, but does it achieve it? Not entirely.
Boxee, in theory, is very similar to Google TV, except that it is less costly, can support many more file types, and can stream videos from the internet through its browser window. In the end though, it’s only able to pull off one of those feats without disappointing, although it is still a force to be reckoned with in the media center world.
Is the Dlink Boxee Box worth $200 bucks? Compared to the Roku, it’s twice as expensive, and even larger, but what makes Boxee value for money is the way that it focuses on free content, and also that it really is the easiest to use. It is trying to be a geeky product for the non-geeks, but is it successful at it?
If you are thinking about buying a media extender center or a mini HTPC, you should first understand the two devices. The differences of these devices include the compatibility, functionality, ease of use, and more. Understanding the differences between these devices will help you choose which is right for your needs.