"Great HTPC for the money. takes some work though."3.5 starson by paulvanderheide
Pros: Great size for using this machine in your entertainment system. Integrated wireless. Blueray. Finally a PC that belongs on the entertainment shelf.
Cons: Only one tuner and no room for internal expansion. Runs a little hot but has not caused a problem. HDMI takes some massage to get it working, and there is no instruction on why it doesn't work out of the box.
Summary: I have been looking for a machine like this for a long time. There are those that will say you can build one for less money and more features.....the problem is that not all of us have the time or the hardware knowledge to make sure that every component we are putting together will even work when it is all said and done.
HDMI will not work out of the box. You need to connect a DVI monitor cable to the TV in order to get HDMI to work. It took me a while to figure out that the computer was using the HDMI interface as a second monitor. When you have DVI and HDMI both connected, go into display settings and set the HDMI monitor as the primary. i leave the DVI cable plugged in. If you have PC problems, sometimes the computer will reset to using DVI as the primary monitor. I also had to update the driver and software for the NIVDIA video card in order to get HDMI to view in full screen.
I added a hauppauge hvr-950 external tv tuner to the machine so that I have two tuners. That is the main reason HP missed it on this unit. Who wants something like this with only one tuner? The hauppauge 950 offers marginal picture quality on my Bravia 32 in screen. I think I will look for another unit. Although I wonder how good it can get since I have to use an external tuner. When it is all said and done, I would like someone to show me anything better for the money in an HTPC that you don't have to build yourself.