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AVADirect Affinity HTPC System Review

AVADirect is a custom PC maker located in Twinsburg, Ohio, which is basically between Cleveland and Akron. It is great to see a rather large custom PC maker so close to us and in the mid-west. So many PC builders are on the west coast. AVADirect offers all different types of custom PCs from high-end gaming PCs to the home theater variety, which we are taking a look at today. The home theater PC is something that really has evolved over the past few years. So many people want to play their PC games in the living room and AVADirect's Affinity HTPC System will definitely allow you to do that. At the same time the system will look like it actually belongs in your home theater and it will be nice and quiet. Let's take a look at this Affinity HTPC system and see what it can do.

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Lenovo’s Awesome Touchpad That’s Also A Keyboard

Having the full keyboard and mouse experience in an easy to handle form factor has been a difficult task for anyone who has tried. Lenovo is the latest to attempt it with their 500 Media Controller, and I think they really have hit the nail on the head. Every key on the keyboard is part of the touchpad and you can easily tap to click. Lenovo’s 500 Media Controller could be the keyboard and mouse combo you’ve always been looking for.

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Streacom Announces Unique F12C Chassis

Streacom has just announced a new case in their F12C. It is their first case that has been designed to fit all standard ATX hardware. This case is quite unique inside and out. The ultra-minimalist exterior is made from 4mm thick premium grade extruded aluminium panels which are sandblast finished to create this simple but timeless design.

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CyberPower PC Announces Zeus HTPC Series

When we think of CyberPower we think of their high-end gaming PCs, but they have just announced a home theater PC (HTPC) series which looks very promising. The Zeus HTPC will act as your DVR, enthusiast home theater PC, gaming console and DVD/Blu-ray player all in one. The sleek chassis uses a passive cooled heatsink technology paired with razor fins for maximum heat dissipation and minimal noise.

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SilverStone Grandia Series GD08 HTPC Case Review

The home theater PC (HTPC) market is still very big and almost everyone I know these days have some sort of computer connected to their TV.  With HDMI you can easily connect any PC to your TV for easy viewing of movies, TV shows, YouTube and much more.  The thing is no one wants an ugly tower sitting next to their TV stand.  For this reason the HTPC case was created.  SilverStone’s Grandia Series is their line of mainstream HTPC cases and today we are taking a look at the Grandia Series GD08.  The GD08 features support for motherboards up to extended ATX, room for up to 12 hard drives, USB 3.0 support and a sleek brushed aluminum front bezel.  Read on as we take a look at the GD08!

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Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Mini PC Review

We have seen quite a few different Mini PC’s lately.  They make great Internet surfing and media machines for home theater setups.  Not that long ago we took a look at <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/zotac-zbox-hd-ad02-plus-all-in-one-pc-review/">Zotac’s ZBOX HD-AD02</a> mini PC, which proved to be a great and very function mini PC, but was a little on the large side.  Today we have the ZBOX Nano AD10, which has to be one of the best-looking and smallest mini pc’s we have looked at.  I know you are going to say it so we will say it now, it looks like a Mac Mini only smaller!  Inside this small design you have an AMD E350 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 and a 320GB hard drive.  Let’s check out the ZBOX Nano and see if performs as well as it looks!

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Sapphire Edge HD2 Mini PC Review

I’ve had a home theater PC for the longest time.  My first one was just a normal PC that I connected to my TV.  From there it has evolved getting smaller and smaller.  With the progression of technology it is very impressive what all we can fit in to a small form factor (SFF) PC.  Today we will be checking out the smallest form factor PC that I have ever seen!  It is smaller than the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/zotac-zbox-hd-ad02-plus-all-in-one-pc-review/">Zotac ZBOX HD-AD02</a>, <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/western-digital-tv-live-hub-review/">Western Digital Live TV Hub</a> and pretty much every other SFF we have got our hands on.  Being super small it is still capable of HD playback, has 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, 4 USB ports and WiFi.  So what is this SFF PC we are talking about?  It is the Sapphire Edge HD2, let’s take a look...

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ASRock Core 100HT Nettop Review

At the end of last year week took a look at one of ASRock’s first nettop the <a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/asrock-ion-330ht-nettop-review/" target="new">ION 330HT</a>, which was built around Intel’s Atom processor.  With the release of Intel’s Core processors ASRock rebuilt their nettop series around this new architecture.  These new nettops bring more processing power, full native 1080p playback, 7.1-channel HD audio, 802.11n wireless networking, and USB 3.0 support.  We will be looking at the Core 100HT today which features an Intel Core i3-330M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard drive and a SuperMulti optical drive.  Let’s take a look and see if the Core 100HT is perfect for your home theater setup.

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CES 2010: Silverstone

<a href="https://www.thinkcomputers.org/ces-2009-silverstone/">Last year at CES 2009</a>, Silverstone wowed us with the uniquely shaped Raven and the aluminum unibody Fortress, two high end gaming cases. Both cases are aimed at the high-level enthusiast market. This year, however, Silverstone recognized the economic stress the world's having, and turned out some chasses in a lower price range. Additionally, it released updated versions of its HTPC, Mini-ITX, and gaming chassis lines, weighed in on USB3, and unified its power supply line under a single name.

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CES 2010: Moneual Labs

Moneual has many very attractive HTPC cases and home theater units, but this year, it's branching out into several categories of computer hardware, including nettops, netbooks, and green PC designs. For most items, pricing and availability were unavailable at press time.

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