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Author Topic: HP Media Center PC Deal  (Read 3039 times)

40hz

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HP Media Center PC Deal
« on: August 25, 2008, 10:59:40 AM »
This just up on Ed Bott's:

Link: http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=2118

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Best Media Center deal ever?

Published August 22, 2008 by Ed Bott

HP is running a special right now that allows you to get a fully loaded Media Center PC, complete with CableCARD-ready digital tuner, for the best price I’ve ever seen.

The HP Pavilion Elite m9300t is the top of the Entertainment Powerhouse line at HP. Until August 31, you can use an online coupon to get 30% off any system you order in this line, which starts out with some pretty aggressive pricing to begin with.

Using this coupon, you could get a quad-core system with an internal TV tuner and an external ATI TV Wonder digital cable tuner for under $850, including tax and shipping.

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Re: HP Media Center PC Deal
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008, 02:06:20 PM »
From what I've been reading, I don't think now is a good time to be buying any MCE machine.

http://www.windows-n...indows-screwjob.aspx

...The whole thing has kind of a "Land-of-Broken-Promises" feel to it. *Shrug* Maybe there is a good explanation ... Just nobody's heard it yet.

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Re: HP Media Center PC Deal
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008, 03:07:10 PM »
...The whole thing has kind of a "Land-of-Broken-Promises" feel to it. *Shrug* Maybe there is a good explanation ... Just nobody's heard it yet.

Somewhat true alas! Still, the deal on the HP hardware seemed pretty good.

Being a Linux dweeb (and something of a tinkerer) I've put my money in a linuxMCE box:
http://video.google....=2176025602905109829

Mainsite: http://www.linuxmce.org/

Although I'll probably be giving elisa MEdia Center a try soon. (I can afford to since it won't cost me anything to download and install it. ;D) :

http://elisa.fluendo.com/screenshots/

Here's a (very biased) video showing off linuxMCE if you're interested:

http://www.youtube.c...&feature=related

If you decide to explore one of these products, please remember that this is Linux we're talking about so the usual caveats about proprietary drivers and DRM nonsense applies. 8)



« Last Edit: August 26, 2008, 03:10:46 PM by 40hz »