It may be me, or the place I live (Italy), but it seems pretty hard to get a build or a prebuilt nettop or a laptop that fits the need.
I need something
- able to playback all h.264 fullhd content without stuttering, and well (and not loosing the hw acceleration because of softsubs...)
- not ugly
- and (possibly) cheap.
I'm going the linux route, therefore i'm moving towards a cpu-based or nvida-integrated solution (i don't think ati hw accelerated playback - or the intel "hd" acceleration - is useable yet).
Ion nettop; it's either
- the Acer Revo (but here it's incredibly pricey and it's hard to find the dualcore version) or
- the Asrock Ion 330, that in the current version is rated "silent" at 26Db. 26. Sounds pretty noisy to me!!! the previous version was even worse. was this product really aimed at htpc market??
- the Dell Zino - i think it's ATI based unfortunately.
- correct me if I'm wrong: sub 600€/$ units are quite loud under full load (because of the tiny fans).
- ULW laptops are indeed quite similar: tiniest fans => high pitched noise and the cpu still lacks power for non hd-accelerated video decoding
- little money can be saved with underpowered cpus, a low-midrange cpu would help in the case of non-hw-accelerated content
- the cases are quite pricey
- the PSU one has to get ranges between 100/150 €/$ minimum to keep the noise down
- a low-mid build, all included, sums up to over 650 €/$ for a still-looking-ugly-unit, without the blu-ray drive.
Please help. What do you advise on this? ;)
Am I ignoring laptops too much, maybe? Are low-priced Acers that noisy/high pitched under full load?