E-Machines ER1401 (Perfect for XBMC) £118.80 @ CPC
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E-Machines ER1401 (Perfect for XBMC) £118.80 @ CPC

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Found 8th Dec 2011
This machine is ideal for running XBMC. I use the latest Openelec Eden build and it works flawlessly.

Model - ER1401
Linpus Linux (Lindus Lite 1.4) preloaded
AMD Athlon II Neo K325 dual core CPU
2GB DDR3 RAM
250GB SATA hard drive
Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics
Built-in multi card reader (MMC/SD, xD, MS Pro)
Wired 10/100/1000 Gigabit and wireless networking
Connections - 4x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ45, SPDIF, mic and headphones
Dimensions (HxWxD) - 274x255x100mm (with stand)Computer Case Style - SFF Hard Drive Capacity - 250GB Processor Type - AMD Athlon II Neo K325 RAM Memory Size - 2GB

Plenty of comments on other previous threads
hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…296
hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…481

Note this is also available from Scan for £119.99 (Free postage via AVFORUMS, you need to add 71p stereo plug to qualify) but HUKD don't allow scan deals any more


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UPDATE: for anyone new to XBMC check out my mini blog of how to install and configure
er1401xbmc.blogspot.com/
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221 Comments

I have one of these for xbmc and it's brill

Great deal! The desktop computer is really going places. Heat!

Can anyone recommend a widescreen monitor for this ??

is this like a computer, fully functioning, without the monitor?

What's the sound like out of these, assuming decent audio setup?

generaloneill

is this like a computer, fully functioning, without the monitor?


Have you just come out of hibernation mate? Yea of course it's a pc. Small form factor. Shame it doesnt have built in wireless nic. But usb I guess. Heat. If it wasnt xmas, i might get my 5th pc lol

I have both the ER1402 and the ER1401 in this deal (the only difference being the processor K125, K325)

They are both great machines, if a tad slow for some tasks, they run Windows 7 perfectly fine, slapped Lubuntu on the 02 and Windows 7 on the 01, they do run a bit hot though when watching video, but neither are very noisy even under load.

They make excellent HTPCs

Both will do HD 720p no issues provided the files have already been encoded it will not however handle playback of DVB-S2 HD streams. (_;) I have heard the 01 handles 1080p, although I haven't tried it.

3 years behind, wireless nic? is that wifi?

generaloneill

is this like a computer, fully functioning, without the monitor?



Must people plug it into their TV to make a media centre. It only uses about 30W of power so is a lot cheaper and quieter than a full PC or even an XBOX or PS3. It is severely limited as a stand-alone PC, though. The processor is pretty slow, it only has 1GB of RAM and you can't replace the hard drive. If you are going to set it up to run XBMC from windows you need to remember 2 things:

Go into XBMC settings and make sure DXVA is enabled in the video menu.

Make sure all of the windows transition effects are turned off (I have every visual effect turned off).

If you do both of those it will run well. You should also set up profiles in XBMC because I have had all of my settings wiped after crashes and I think profiles save all of your skin customisation. I have the single core one and it will play anything up to a 15GB 1080i MKV. Above that kind of bitrate it freaks out. You also need to make sure that you don't have any programs running in the background as that makes it stutter. I pretty much leave it on all the time as a squeezebox server and torrent client. Once you work out all of the bugs, it is a very good machine for the money. Sorry for the long post. It took me a while to figure all of that out (with help from the previous threads) so it may save some people some time.
Edited by: "davestavros" 8th Dec 2011

Is it wireless enabled to connect to internet via a wireless router?

FFS I ordered this yesterday
ebuyer.com/279…036
Edited by: "bubble160207" 8th Dec 2011

Thanks OP, just ordered!

generaloneill

is this like a computer, fully functioning, without the monitor?



Yes, although you need to install a better OS, the one pre-installed (Linpus Linux, not Lindus) is a bit naff and outdated so don't expect much, but whatever you do don't remove it right away unless you're going to keep it as if you plan to return it they can refuse it.

M0RPH

What's the sound like out of these, assuming decent audio setup?



It's not very loud, but isn't a problem when you use powered speakers, I've used it with non-powered speakers & its very quiet although the sound quality is fine.

Missed this deal last time -- thanks Coleburn - just ordered and heat added

Seems an extremely good price. Heat added. Why aren't Scan deals allowed any more?
Edited by: "andyken" 8th Dec 2011

bubble160207

FFS I ordered this yesterday … FFS I ordered this yesterday http://www.ebuyer.com/279898-acer-aspire-revo-r3700-nettop-pt-semec-036



If it makes things better, you're getting a bigger hard drive? Also it's an Atom but not too sure if that's a good thing.

davestavros

I have the single core one and it will play anything up to a 15GB 1080i … I have the single core one and it will play anything up to a 15GB 1080i MKV. Above that kind of nitrate it freaks out.



Hmm. I have a single core Revo and it played a 25gb 1080p file flawlessly the other day. I would have thought this would be able to handle the same being dual-core?..

HellRazer

If it makes things better, you're getting a bigger hard drive? Also it's … If it makes things better, you're getting a bigger hard drive? Also it's an Atom but not too sure if that's a good thing.



Id prefer the Athlon, but its for a ten year ols Xmas gift so the HDD doesnt really make a different, it hasnt been delivered yet so Im calling ebuyer now...

M0RPH

What's the sound like out of these, assuming decent audio setup?



I think I have mine via optical but you can also take the feed off HDMI so it should be good enough.

pink thing

Hmm. I have a single core Revo and it played a 25gb 1080p file flawlessly … Hmm. I have a single core Revo and it played a 25gb 1080p file flawlessly the other day. I would have thought this would be able to handle the same being dual-core?..



Maybe it will. I have squeezecenter running in the background and a couple of other bits of server software for streaming videos to the iPad. I think I tried to play one 18GB one and it didn't work well so I stopped getting files that big. I already have a 2TB drive full of movies so the smaller file sizes are better for me, anyway. Mine is also the single core one and gets about 500 vs 900 for the dual core on the CPU benchmark site. I think the GPU does most of the work with these machines so it may not perform any better.

In regards to performance, has anyone noticed anything significant over 2GB vs 4GB?

davestavros

Must people plug it into their TV to make a media centre. It only uses … Must people plug it into their TV to make a media centre. It only uses about 30W of power so is a lot cheaper and quieter than a full PC or even an XBOX or PS3. It is severely limited as a stand-alone PC, though*. The processor is pretty slow, it only has 1GB of RAM and you can't replace the hard drive. If you are going to set it up to run XBMC from windows you need to remember 2 things:Go into XBMC settings and make sure DXVA is enabled in the video menu.Make sure all of the windows transition effects are turned off (I have every visual effect turned off). If you do both of those it will run well. You should also set up profiles in XBMC because I have had all of my settings wiped after crashes and I think profiles save all of your skin customisation. I have the single core one and it will play anything up to a 15GB 1080i MKV. Above that kind of nitrate it freaks out. You also need to make sure that you don't have any programs running in the background as that makes it stutter. I pretty much leave it on all the time as a squeezebox server and torrent client. Once you work out all of the bugs, it is a very good machine for the money. Sorry for the long post. It took me a while to figure all of that out (with help from the previous threads) so it may save some people some time.



I wouldn't say it's limited to be fair, I own both models both are exactly the same apart from the processor as I've said previously in another post. It acts just like a normal desktop, although you mention yours only has 1GB RAM then I'd expect it to be extremely slow, both mine came with 2GB so I'll assume that's a typo in your post.

I've not experienced any issues with mine so far, they are great little machines and would make a great first PC for young and old alike.

You can upgrade the RAM and hard drive, you just need to pop off the sides.

bubble160207

FFS I ordered this yesterday … FFS I ordered this yesterday http://www.ebuyer.com/279898-acer-aspire-revo-r3700-nettop-pt-semec-036


Doesnt look like the same machine mate. Check the specs and model no

leeparsons

Doesnt look like the same machine mate. Check the specs and model no



I know its not the same machine, but the emachine is pretty much the same spec, as far as I can see Im paying £80 more for 250 gig extra hard drive and a slightly different processor?
OS doesnt matter as Ill just flatten it and put a copy of Ultimate on it as soon as it arrives

i cant get my printer to work this wirelessly any ideas? im not too computer literate :-)

@bubble

You could always send it back under distant selling rules and buy this instead if you wanted.

I'd rather have the Atom than the Neo processor, but...the price on this is great. Ditch the OS though, at the very least put a decent flavour of linux on, or just use the XBMC live image!

The great thing about these is they are VESA mountable, so you can put it on the back of your TV, providing its not already wall-mounted :P

Oh bubble160207, you could just send it back if you can wait a few days extra!
Edited by: "xeroc" 8th Dec 2011

I'm debating whether to put XBMC on one of these or an Apple TV 2.

What would people recommend?

Don't get an Apple TV 2 - the new one will be coming very soon according to the rumour mill.

So either wait, or get one of these.... I reckon the ATV3 is going to be worth it though! (when JB of course)

Somebody

I'm debating whether to put XBMC on one of these or an Apple TV 2.What … I'm debating whether to put XBMC on one of these or an Apple TV 2.What would people recommend?



Edited by: "xeroc" 8th Dec 2011

Original Poster

Depends what you want to use it for. I looked at the ATV2 but the lack of internal storage made me go for one of these (well second one of these anyway)

Somebody

I'm debating whether to put XBMC on one of these or an Apple TV 2.What … I'm debating whether to put XBMC on one of these or an Apple TV 2.What would people recommend?


Original Poster

With regards to people asking about wi-fi. YES this does have built in wi-fi

pink thing

Hmm. I have a single core Revo and it played a 25gb 1080p file flawlessly … Hmm. I have a single core Revo and it played a 25gb 1080p file flawlessly the other day. I would have thought this would be able to handle the same being dual-core?..



I'm guessing you are using Ubuntu - XBMC in a single core revo on Ubuntu plays everything great.

Banned

Pity it's a naff shape.
I'd buy it for an xmas present but I just KNOW she wouldn't like it. oO

Still using original xboxes for xbmc. How does this compare to an original xbox. I don't need 1080p and mainly watch SD material and some 720p material (have to use xvid/divx for xbox). I still love xbox games and the huge range of emulators too. Can this run PC games and emulators with a joypad or is it just really for media use?

My two pence, I bought a revo about a year ago for xbmc. And have to say, it been worth it. Id recommend anyone who downloads movies off the net to buy a small htpc is they can gather the funds.

I previously had the original xbox to play movies, but didnt do HD.
Then moved to using my ps3 for movies, but no MKV support, 4gb file limit, no subtitles etc
Then the WDTV, which was ok but slow very basic and had trouble with certain files.

Finally bought a Htpc and put xbmc on it, took about a day to set up. But plays absolutely anything i throw at it, organises it beautifully and have every option under the sun. I dont use it much but when i do watch movies im glad i bought it. And when friends are over then theres always a "woah how do i get that" moment.

I bought one of these a while back & its a fantastic little box.

Bought one! I'm so glad I didn't rush into the ebuyer ones.

Now I have to make a few decisions, comments welcome!

1. OS - obviously Linpus is coming straight off. But should I replace it with Ubuntu or Win7 (cost of Win7 aside).

2. MC software - XBMC or Boxee? Are there still compatibility issues with Boxee and Ubuntu 11.4 (and assuming the same issues with 11.10). Is Openelec Eden really the optimum XBMC build?

3. Peripherals - any good suggestions for a wireless keyboard / pad? Assuming this doesn't have bluetooth, I suppose I'd need a mini receiver (supported by whichever OS I go for) and something like a Xenta from eBuyer (Link)

Any advice / recommendations / warnings?

Cheers folks.

Original Poster

guv

Does anyone know if that stupid stand can be removed so it could be stuck … Does anyone know if that stupid stand can be removed so it could be stuck hidden on the back of a TV?



Yes comes with a vesa mount (100x100)

Hmmm, I like the idea of a new project. How difficult is it to get 4OD / iplayer / demand 5 via XBMC?

Does anyone use it for internet TV access? Is it any good?

I'm torn between this and those popular HP proliant servers.

I know the HP is capable of more, but on a xmbc/media level which onr is more powerful and is the power usage similar?

Thank you

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