Lenovo Quad-Core Win 7 Pro Tiny Desktop
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How well would this work running as a hypervisor?
Probably not that well - the M53 looks like it’s an Atom/Celeron, maxxing out at 8GB of RAM, at least based on this review: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2862127/lenovo-thinkcentre-tiny-in-one-23-review-slide-in-pcs-create-versatile-all-in-ones.html
Very poorly. It’s a J2900 Pentium, with only the lowest of VT tech built into the chip (check Intel’s ARK site for the CPU details). It’s way overpriced for such a low performance system.
I’d say a non-starter. Aside from the low performance it doesn’t even have VT-d, and the aforementioned memory limitation.
It’s already EOL and limited to 4gb. Kinda useless…
Anyone have confident feedback on whether or not I could use this as an htpc? I would love a small device to put in my bedroom on my hdtv and all it really needs to do is have the ability to play back 1080p video (720p is acceptable, but 1080p is preferable). This will mostly be playing from HDD, and not streaming.
For reference I have this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220404 and it works fairly well. It can’t really do 1080p, but 720p is pretty much flawless. It only gets used for video playback, so the generally slow speed (for internet browsing) isn’t an issue.
Oh…and please don’t suggest other products such as WDTV and similar devices, because what I really want out of this is a windows PC that will just plug and play with my current homegroup setup. I have a few programs that I wrote that won’t work well on a non-windows environment.
I know you said you don’t want a non windows device, but I’m really happy with my Raspberry Pi B being used as a HTPC with Kodi. It plays all my 1080p files well, and streams without issue.
Yeah, I gotta go with ShadowTech, trying to run full Windows as a “htpc” media server on an econo-cpu and gpu is a dubious undertaking, to be generous. I mean, it’ll run, sort of, but not well. You want to stick with Windows, and you’ll need to drop a lot more coin on hardware. Kodi is a far better home theater option for those not stuck with Windows, and will happily run on moderate-spec hardware with speedy and stable results.
Easiest option: download the Kodi ISO image to try it out or to do a full install on bare metal (no other OS)
or have a look at other options to run on top of an OS (tho not as good w/performance) to see if you like it before spec’ing out hardware.
Awww… Who’s a cute little desktop? Is it you? Yes it is!
Does Kodi record live TV, play live TV, and work as a DVR? I still use WMC because XBMC did not do these things (and Kodi is the new name for XBMC).
Anyone know if this would be a suitable desktop for web surfing for a grandmother? An i3 version with a small form factor is about $500, but I would buy this instead if it worked for that main purpose. I do need anti-spyware, anti-virus, etc., which I’ll install, though. She also plays slot machine video games. Thanks for any advice.
Raspberry Pi-2 works great for me with OpenElec Kodi
Oh, a computer. I was looking for a deal on golf balls.
I’d skip this, and get an Intel NUC. I have both an i3 and an i5 NUC, and they’re flawless at 1080, with power to spare. You can boost the memory all the way up to 16GB (if you desire), or just leave it with a standard 4GB configuration, which is common for HTPCs. It doesn’t cost that much more:
So does this one come with or without SUPERFISH?
This sells cheaper on Amazon with Prime right now. If Woot is part of Amazon…
That’s a dual core processor model.