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MSI Wind Box DC111 Mini PC System 4GB 500GB HDMI and Win 8.1 £167.96 @ Scan.co.uk

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I've been having a quick look for a basic computer to hook up to my TV and use as a home theatre system. I came across this on Scan and thought it has pretty good specs for the money (but I stand to …
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I've been having a quick look for a basic computer to hook up to my TV and use as a home theatre system. I came across this on Scan and thought it has pretty good specs for the money (but I stand to be corrected). Amazon is selling the same model (DC111-053) for £236.15. I haven't done a lot of research into these type of computers so if you don't think it's a good deal or if there are better alternatives please let me know. I'm looking for something with a small form factor and quiet to use as a Plex server.

Basic specs:

Marketing Name Wind Box DC111
Operating System Windows 8.1 64Bit
CPU Intel® Celeron® 1037U Dual Core Processor
Chipset Intel® NM70
HDD 2,5" SATA III 500GB 5400 RPM
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333 / 1600 DDR3 SO-DIMM * 1 slots / Max. to 4GB
Graphic Integrate Intel® HD Graphics
Power 40W
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Front I/O
3 in 1 cardreader (SD, MS, MMC)
USB 2.0 x4
Headphone out / Mic-in
Rear I/O
VGA out / HDMI-out
USB 3.0 x2
LAN jack
Line-out
S/PDIF
Color Plan White
Dimension 191.8 X 150.93 X 34.94mm, 900g
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#1
MSI Wind Box DC111 Barebones PC (Intel Celeron/HDMI/USB3.0/WiFi) - £113.05 @ CCL Online - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/msi-wind-box-dc111-barebones-pc-intel-celeron-hdmi-usb3-0-wifi-113-05-ccl-online-1871493

Mod edit: link to 7yr old spammed thread removed

OP .. these MAY help? .. these are just 2 of the many of these on HUKD over the last many Months ..... do a HUKD Search if you like?, as these 'Devices' the way I see it is kinda very cooool! lol. :-)

Edited By: MikeT on Jan 04, 2015 10:13: links removed
#2
I got my Windbox from Amazon and it's an excellent machine. It's fast, quiet, and very portable.

I'm not sure it's worth going barebones, but no OS is fine if you don't fancy Windows.
#3
Donna80
I got my Windbox from Amazon and it's an excellent machine. It's fast, quiet, and very portable.

I'm not sure it's worth going barebones, but no OS is fine if you don't fancy Windows.


Cool, true .. when did you buy it, what Model of this DC111 did you buy (as theres more then 1?), & for how much did you buy it for too ..... thanx. :-)
#4
I have a DC111 and bought it about 10 months ago from Amazon when on offer. It was the barebone model and I added a SSD drive and 8gb of memory and this machine is fast. The fan is a bit noisy though at times but wont be a problem if ur watching movies but in a quiet room it can probably get on your nerves. It will take a 8gb memory module even though the spec says 4gb max.
#5
Good price for this
banned#6
This is a good spec compared to the similar aver revo machines that have the Intel atom is much prefer something older with a bit more power just like this. Good find would run xbmc really well.
#7
I have had one of these for about a year, I use it as a pc and it suits me very well.
#8
Do I really need one?

No.

Am I tempted, just to run as a home media hub?

Yes.

Am I beginning to hate HUKD?

Definitely!
3 Likes #9
I'm using the £60 Linx tablet for the same duty. No Ethernet which isn't ideal but the WiFi is decent and handles a 30mbps 1080p MKV no problem so I don't notice a difference. Obviously you'll need all your media on a networked PC or NAS for this to work.

I'm using it with a £20 Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad and it's completely silent as there are no moving parts. It's a far cheaper solution and I'm honestly finding very few drawbacks.
#10
brain_stew
I'm using the £60 Linx tablet for the same duty. No Ethernet which isn't ideal but the WiFi is decent and handles a 30mbps 1080p MKV no problem so I don't notice a difference. Obviously you'll need all your media on a networked PC or NAS for this to work.

I'm using it with a £20 Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad and it's completely silent as there are no moving parts. It's a far
cheaper solution and I'm honestly finding very few drawbacks.


Link?

How do you connect tablet to TV? Hdmi out socket on it?
#11
Great price. Ordered, thanks. Price is plus postage though unless your a forum member of which I'm not. £9.58 to your door by DPD or £3.99 to a UPS Access point of which I chose the later.
#12
brain_stew
I'm using the £60 Linx tablet for the same duty. No Ethernet which isn't ideal but the WiFi is decent and handles a 30mbps 1080p MKV no problem so I don't notice a difference. Obviously you'll need all your media on a networked PC or NAS for this to work.

I'm using it with a £20 Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad and it's completely silent as there are no moving parts. It's a far cheaper solution and I'm honestly finding very few drawbacks.

Can i ask what keyboard youre using with the linx please?

Ta
1 Like #13
The Celeron 1037u is quite close in performance to the i3 3217 and the newer i3 4010 that is in many Intel NUC's and much more powerful than the Bay Trail (Atom) based CPU's (eg n2830) that are in most £100 ish NUC/mini computers. So don't get put off by the Celeron name, this particular CPU is a great choice without spending £200+ on a micro NUC PC but still getting close performance in most aspects.

My 1037u with 120Gb SSD and 4GB ram plays HD video fine so this Wind should be about the same, personally I'd get it without the memory or HD and buy my own 4Gb for about £28 and an SSD drive from Crucial or Samsung

The version without memory or HD is £100 at Amazon right now LINK

Good deal though, HOT

EDIT: my bad, didn't realise this deal comes with Windows 8 OS included, so if you need the OS then buy this deal and you could replaced the HD to SSD if you wanted to.


Edited By: spannerzone on Jan 04, 2015 10:30: Idiocy
#14
amour3k
Donna80
I got my Windbox from Amazon and it's an excellent machine. It's fast, quiet, and very portable.

I'm not sure it's worth going barebones, but no OS is fine if you don't fancy Windows.

Cool, true .. when did you buy it, what Model of this DC111 did you buy (as theres more then 1?), & for how much did you buy it for too ..... thanx. :-)
Got mine from Amazon last April, same spec but no OS, £113 - runs linux and xbmc, no problems at all. Not sure I would have paid £170 though :(
#15
Donna80
I got my Windbox from Amazon and it's an excellent machine. It's fast, quiet, and very portable.

I'm not sure it's worth going barebones, but no OS is fine if you don't fancy Windows.

That's good to hear Donna. I wouldn't want barebones either but no OS would be okay as I always fancied trying out Linux.
#16
brain_stew
I'm using the £60 Linx tablet for the same duty. No Ethernet which isn't ideal but the WiFi is decent and handles a 30mbps 1080p MKV no problem so I don't notice a difference. Obviously you'll need all your media on a networked PC or NAS for this to work.

I'm using it with a £20 Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad and it's completely silent as there are no moving parts. It's a far cheaper solution and I'm honestly finding very few drawbacks.

I'm thinking of doing the same, is the keyboard/touch pad a k400, and is it connected to a usb powered hub? thanks. A picture of the setup would be nice.
#17
Oooo... I just discovered this one on Amazon for £188: Zoostorm 7270-8010

I prefer the look of the Zoostorm over the MSI and it comes with a dvd drive though it is £20 more expensive.
1 Like #18
CELERON?????????
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#19
I bought it for £113 in year ago - no-OS version. Fan a bit too noisy you will need to get it replaced. https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=160352.0

http://www.zanella-hifi.com/szp/windbox_arctic_f9pwm.jpg

Edited By: pablomalin on Jan 04, 2015 11:18
2 Likes #20
pablomalin
I bought it for £113 in year ago - no-OS version. Fan a bit too noisy you will need to get it replaced. https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=160352.0

http://www.zanella-hifi.com/szp/windbox_arctic_f9pwm.jpg


Now that really is a wind box!
#22
seanrtkelly
brain_stew
I'm using the £60 Linx tablet for the same duty. No Ethernet which isn't ideal but the WiFi is decent and handles a 30mbps 1080p MKV no problem so I don't notice a difference. Obviously you'll need all your media on a networked PC or NAS for this to work.

I'm using it with a £20 Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad and it's completely silent as there are no moving parts. It's a far
cheaper solution and I'm honestly finding very few drawbacks.

Link?

How do you connect tablet to TV? Hdmi out socket on it?

Its got a standard micro HDMI connection. Keyboard I'm using is this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Keyboard-touchpad-Raspberry-Smartphone/dp/B00MLDP7CK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1420371291&sr=8-7&keywords=bluetooth+keyboard+touchpad+rechargeable

Crucialy its Bluetooth and rechargeable so you don't need to use the micro USB port which I have constantly connected to the power. It even comes with a handy stand for the tablet.

If you're using the Linx, its possible that the tablet may draw more power than the included power supply will deliver depending on your workload, so you may want to invest in a 2.1a "iPad" USB charger to avoid this but YMMV.

I didn't realise the op wanted to use this machine as a Plex server rather than a client. Honestly, I'd say none of these machines are the best choice for a Plex server, that's what desktops with internal drive bays are for. They'll all make good clients though. I'm happy with the Linx solution as it is the quietest and cheapest.
#23
Barebones version for £91 from ebuyer: Link
#24
save your money these things are pointless
3 Likes #25
westonborn
save your money these things are pointless
That's a really unhelpful and unfactual reply! - clearly these have a use otherwise we wouldn't be buying and using them. So you really think there's no need for a full working computer that can run virtually any operating system while being the size of a paperback book (or smaller with some devices)

Perhaps you can enlighten us why they're pointless?
#26
spannerzone
westonborn
save your money these things are pointless
That's a really unhelpful and unfactual reply! - clearly these have a use otherwise we wouldn't be buying and using them. So you really think there's no need for a full working computer that can run virtually any operating system while being the size of a paperback book (or smaller with some devices)

Perhaps you can enlighten us why they're pointless?


i' d like to know too..
#27
Ive just bought a Windows Linx 7 tablet, £59. comes with full windows 8.1 on it, hdmi out, plays 1080p, can stream steam games through it. because its a full windows OS you can install xbmc and anything else you want, its a PC on a tablet!

if youre thinking of getting one of these for XBMC consider the Linx tablet instead

Edited By: pc5020 on Jan 04, 2015 14:14: blah
1 Like #28
spannerzone
westonborn
save your money these things are pointless
That's a really unhelpful and unfactual reply! - clearly these have a use otherwise we wouldn't be buying and using them. So you really think there's no need for a full working computer that can run virtually any operating system while being the size of a paperback book (or smaller with some devices)

Perhaps you can enlighten us why they're pointless?

they are not pointless....i have an acer revo 3600, years old now, still a very useful machine.
#29
I have a revo r3700 with Kodi (xbmc) for local viewing and plex server for when I'm away. Amazing kit.

Bought one of these windbox for a mate and it's a fair bit faster than my revo but the fan is quite annoying, spins up and down and can be heard in a quiet room. Still, can easily be replaced.

Great deal
#30
linx wall charger is a 2a 5v charger similar to a iPad one anyway..
I used my linx 10 with a fully drained battery and charged it and used it at the same time, with full brightness.
so I can confirm that you won't need a other charger.
#31
Can anyone say if this would make a good plex server? Looking to buy something like this that can be left on while I'm away instead of my main PC. That's really the only thing I'd want it for. Cheers.
#32
Nice bit of kit. Got one when Amazon wrongly matched the price of a bare bones with a one with memory and a hard drive.
#33
Just get a fire tv and install xmb/kodi
#34
Hathawayp5
Can anyone say if this would make a good plex server? Looking to buy something like this that can be left on while I'm away instead of my main PC. That's really the only thing I'd want it for. Cheers.

That's what I'm looking for. I'm torn between this MSI Wind Box and the Zoostorm I mentioned earlier in the comments. Good luck with your search.
#35
nightyard
Just get a fire tv and install xmb/kodi
Yep, unless you want or need a full PC in which case this is great. I set mine up so I can VPN from my mobile into my media PC which might be useful for a variety of reasons, plus I can use Plex and listen to my CD collection while away from home, it all depends on what you want to do, if you need a PC that is small and uses not a lot of electricity if running all day and night then these are great.
#36
Hathawayp5
Can anyone say if this would make a good plex server? Looking to buy something like this that can be left on while I'm away instead of my main PC. That's really the only thing I'd want it for. Cheers.
I use my Gigabyte brix that has the same CPU, for Plex, but so far have only put my CD collection onto it which works well around the house on wifi or away from home using my Moto G and the Plex app. It's been pretty near perfect as an easy way to get access to all my CD's that I rarely played.
banned#37
theblackbuck
Hathawayp5
Can anyone say if this would make a good plex server? Looking to buy something like this that can be left on while I'm away instead of my main PC. That's really the only thing I'd want it for. Cheers.

That's what I'm looking for. I'm torn between this MSI Wind Box and the Zoostorm I mentioned earlier in the comments. Good luck with your search.


The zoostorm is much larger though, depends what you need.
#38
Anybody know if these would work for steam in home streaming?
#39
hot
#40
Great price as it has RAM, HDD and Windows, so it's good to go.
Why does Intel marketing call this a Celeron though - the old Celeron cpus were dirt-slow and this one is close to an i3 in performance.
As has been said, you might prefer barebones with Linux and/or SSD.

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