HP Intel Dual-Core 16GB Chromebox Desktop

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HP Intel Dual-Core 16GB Chromebox Desktop
Price: $99.99
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Question: how does this do with streaming movies over Netflix? What about plugging in a hard drive with ISO files and playing those (what chrome os app would you use for that?) This looks like a pretty cool toy–maybe a step up from a first year raspberry pi?? (I tried watching ISOs on that but there was a flutter in the video [like a frame rate issue?] all the time that made it less than ideal.)

It has more processing power than a first generation Pi, but if you don’t mind me asking, why are you watching video from ISOs?

Maybe it’s just me, but I typically store my videos as x264 (now x265 to save even more space) in formats like .mkv. I run them on a Pi 2 without a problem.

This includes a mouse and keyboard?

These are fun. I have mine tethered to my TV along with a Bluetooth keyboard mouse pad combo. It comes in handy to see stuff on a large screen along with others in the room.
I do all of my other work stuff on another connected to a 27" monitor. I have been using the Chrome OS along with Google’s Drive. I seldom use my Windows machine at all.

Netflix works great on any ChromeOS device I’ve had. Any streaming video will work fine, e.g. Youtube, Hulu, etc.

You can now install VLC for ChromeOS and play pretty much any multimedia, including ISOs. (You should really get around to converting those ISOs though.)

I’ve never used a Raspberry Pi, but ChromeOS devices are solid, secure, and functional; pretty much anything you need to do in a Web browser you can do on a Chromebox or Chromebook. You can also install Ubuntu on these things and have a full Linux system, so there’s little excuse for not being able to do almost anything you’d need to with one of these devices (unless, say, you need Windows for something.) With that in mind, Raspberry Pis are toys compared to ChromeOS devices.

Yes, this will come with a keyboard and mouse, but I’m not sure if they’re wired or wireless. My gut tells me that they’d be wired just due to cost, but I’ve seen this HP Chromebox sold with an included HP-branded wireless set, and I also saw a dude unbox one without any peripherals. The product description at least says you’ll get them, so just assume they’re wired.

I have an HP14 chromebook with very similar hardware: celeron 2955U with 4GB of RAM.

Full screen netflix has not been a problem. The netflix speed test clip (“Example Short 23.976”) reports a bitrate of 5800 kbps at 1920x1080 over wireless.

I haven’t noticed any issues with hulu at high quality, but I’m not a frame counter.

I have a exFAT 64GB USB flash drive plugged in to move files around. I haven’t tried a “real” hard drive, but I can’t imagine that being a problem, filesystem type aside.

There’s a built-in video player, and it’s OK at best.

I think the bigger issue is using a supported codec. https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183093?hl=en are the “official” file types, but I think the page has not kept up with the software supported codecs.

I use handbrake to re-size/transcode down with h.264 and aac in mp4 at 1024 across, and that seems fine. I mostly use hulu/netflix/crunchyroll, though.

If you have a small sample somewhere that I can download, and not in too much of a hurry, I can see how well it works or not.

Click the Specs tab on the product sale page, down at the bottom you’ll find the following:

Ok so the question I have is what is the “advertised” longevity on these types of units? I see that you can install Linux on here but am wondering from the intended use side of it, how long if a life span do these units have projected? What I mean is as an example Android OS as it continues to evolve they leave behind previously supported hardware. It would be nice for android to be inclusive of older hardware. Does this same model apply to Chrome OS?

http://www.androidcentral.com/hp-chromebox-review

Not to start a side post… but what would you convert ISOs to and what would you use? Is there some benefit to doing this?

An ISO would just be an image of a DVD or Blu-Ray, and while it might be adequate, it would be using the original codecs, but there are newer ones that your hardware might support better, or just have better size due to improved compression or even user choices, since you can pick a more aggressive conversion if you want.

Handbrake is an example of software to do this, but there are plenty of others.

i want this thing but have no immediate use for it. i have laptop, tablet, nexus 6P phone, roku 3. pls talk me out of buying this.

Well, don’t buy it. Enough Said.

Anybody knows if I can install Windows to this? I could have dual boot too. No need to have only Windows. Just want to be able to use Windows also. Some Google search shows I can install but not sure about this model. Any first hand experience?

MakeMKV

I own one of these for the sole purpose of media consumption. This device is EXCELLENT, but not out of the box. If you want a great experience with it, install OpenElec on it. There is a very detailed guide on Kodi’s Wiki page. Involves opening the device, but very easy to do.

This device can handle just about everything I throw at it. The only thing it has trouble with is hi10 content at crazy bitrates and h.265 at higher resolutions. But for the majority of the content, flawless. Definitely better than Pi.

If that’s your goal, I’d suggest not purchasing this. Theoretically you should be able to install Windows on this, but I don’t believe there are Windows drivers for it (Google certainly doesn’t provide them). So you might have a Windows machine that can’t use a keyboard, mouse, etc.

If you already have a Windows machine, you might be able to get around this by simply using a remote desktop.