Gigabyte Brix BXBT-2807 Barebones PC £77.99 delivered @ Amazon
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Gigabyte Brix BXBT-2807 Barebones PC £77.99 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 4th Aug 2015
Cheapest ever Amazon price, and the cheapest I can find anywhere right now.

Not sure between this and the BXBT-1900 (which is more expensive), but this one has passive cooling so it'll make a completely silent media centre. Hmmm, decisions...

22nm Intel Celeron N2807
Supports 2.5” thickness 7.0/9.5mm Hard Drives (1 x 3Gbps SATA2)
Ultra compact PC design – 0.69L(56.1x 107.6 x 114.4mm)
1x SO-DIMM DDR3L 1.35V Slots (1333 MHz)
Preinstall IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 Mini-PCIe card
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Couldn't decide...

So I bought both! oO
lol, what you going to do keep them both or evaluate and send one back?
I've got this running kodi with 4gb of ram works perfectly.

I'm using openelec on USB and it played everything I've thrown at it so far.
Edited by: "cat123" 4th Aug 2015
I've got this running Kodi on top of Ubuntu like cat123 - Its a cracking little unit.

Just thought I would post this though. I had problems with stuttering when playing stuff back using AAC for an audio codec.This only happens on a linux derivating, Mint, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Kodibuntu

If usinging Windows as a base OS, there was no issue.

A friend solved it eventually, it was a BIOS setting

In BIOS change operting system to Windows 7 if Windows 8 selected.
Once you select Windows 7 you can change the XHCI setting
Change XHCI setting to Enabled - do not use Auto or Amart Auto.
it was cheaper but only on the Amazon 10th anniversary prime day £76.49 a few weeks back. i bought one at the time.

its a nice little totally silent PC. just add a SSD and some memory and your good to go if you have a mouse/screen and keyboard.

Actually it was the 1900 model that was £76.49 a few weeks back on prime day, just double checked. (fairy useless information now to be fair but i guess they might do a lightning deal at some point back down towards that level)
Edited by: "yoshi" 5th Aug 2015
I have the 1900 which has been £90 on Amazon and Ebuyer a few times so if you can wait might be again ,its £98.99 on Amazon ,as to noise I personally can not hear it neither can other reviewers.
2897 single cpu passmark is 447
Hp 260 g1 has a 2957 cpu which has a single cpu passmark of 800, so about twice the speed
so is HP 260 G1 better buy?
Agreed best to get the 1900 or hp G1, the price delta is not big enough to get this older Atom - drivers for older arch are not Intel's forte - even Haswell is just about supported by Win10 drivers with Skylake not even out!
The HP 260 G1 walks all over this. Much faster CPU, and includes RAM and SDD. The HP is less clever if you want more internal storage as there is the added cost, and hassle of getting the SATA cable.

BTW I am a BRIX fan, have 2955u and 1037u versions. Its just that the HP is such a bargain, especially if Flubit for £85.
Edited by: "bytemaster" 4th Aug 2015
1900 much faster
is this any good for Plex transcoding?
kowalski

is this any good for Plex transcoding?



Use Kodi
vga output, does not make sense a degraded picture in the era of 4k, Cpu very weak

Edited by: "bobo53" 5th Aug 2015
I get why people would use this as a mini pc for use on your tv, but if you're just going to put kodi on it, why not just get an Amazon firestick for what is a fraction of the price? Still heat for price comparison though.
bobo53

vga output, does not make sense a degraded picture in the era of 4k, Cpu … vga output, does not make sense a degraded picture in the era of 4k, Cpu very weak



Depends on the application, not everyone buys them as a HTPC streamer.
I have both this and the 1900, can't hear the fan on the 1900 at all and the cpu does seem much faster. Other than that they seem identical. Both run kodi just fine

Can't find the HP 260 G1 near to £85, can you provide a link?

bytemaster

The HP 260 G1 walks all over this. Much faster CPU, and includes RAM and … The HP 260 G1 walks all over this. Much faster CPU, and includes RAM and SDD. The HP is less clever if you want more internal storage as there is the added cost, and hassle of getting the SATA cable.BTW I am a BRIX fan, have 2955u and 1037u versions. Its just that the HP is such a bargain, especially if Flubit for £85.

Don't bother unless you're very patient!
Stick an ssd in this baby. Awesome bit of kit
hitman007

Can't find the HP 260 G1 near to £85, can you provide a link?


To be fair it can be had for £100 with SSD,ram and Windows 8 with bing.
Will this sort out a media server for me with my follwing requirements?

- Can plug this into my Samsung Smart TV
- Can be updated wirelessly (ie if I want to add a mp4 movie to the hard drive from my android phone or Windows Laptop I can do that via wifi) rather than with wires

At the moment i just have an external USB hard drive attached to my TV which works great, but i dont like to have to update it manually every week, and some files arent recognised by the TV
nickmax1

Will this sort out a media server for me with my follwing requirements?- … Will this sort out a media server for me with my follwing requirements?- Can plug this into my Samsung Smart TV- Can be updated wirelessly (ie if I want to add a mp4 movie to the hard drive from my android phone or Windows Laptop I can do that via wifi) rather than with wiresAt the moment i just have an external USB hard drive attached to my TV which works great, but i dont like to have to update it manually every week, and some files arent recognised by the TV



Yes you can plug it into your Samsung TV using a HDMI to HDMI cable.

Yes you can update it wirelessly.

You will need to however install and operating system and some RAM and a 2.5 inch HDD (preferably a SSD)

You will then need a bit of media player software. I would recommend Kodi for this. As the PC is playing the files there will be no further compatibility issues such as those your experiencing on the TV

yoshi

Yes you can plug it into your Samsung TV using a HDMI to HDMI cable.Yes … Yes you can plug it into your Samsung TV using a HDMI to HDMI cable.Yes you can update it wirelessly.You will need to however install and operating system and some RAM and a 2.5 inch HDD (preferably a SSD)You will then need a bit of media player software. I would recommend Kodi for this. As the PC is playing the files there will be no further compatibility issues such as those your experiencing on the TV



you could also plug in your USB hard drive to the BRIX box so no need to have it plugged into the TV
yoshi

you could also plug in your USB hard drive to the BRIX box so no need to … you could also plug in your USB hard drive to the BRIX box so no need to have it plugged into the TV



oh and you will need a keyboard and mouse
yoshi, thanks for your comments. I was hoping i could still keep the external USB drive (could that still be updated too remotely?)
installing RAM and HD isnt an issue I used to build PCs back in the day. I have Kodi on my Amazon Firetv stick (TVMC actually) so am fairly familiar with it. I guess I need to install Ubuntu first as the OS though.



Also, I am happy to get a slightly more powerful version for future proofing - there are so many Gigabyte Brix types though its very confusing (though it will only be used for media, no games/surfing) - maybe the 1900 is a better fit.
Doesnt anywhere sell populated complete brix ?
is there no way to control the media on it without the keyboard? so I have to get that out every time i want to select a film? Is there no remote option>?
nickmax1

is there no way to control the media on it without the keyboard? so I … is there no way to control the media on it without the keyboard? so I have to get that out every time i want to select a film? Is there no remote option>?



you could control it with a remote but as its effectively a full PC a keyboard would still be helpful at least during setup. If you have a FireTv stick set up with Kodi already i don't think this will give you much more than you al;ready have if the purpose is just to use it as a media player. The FireTv with Kodi already does pretty much everything you would need.

You don't have to attach the external USB either, you could keep updating it separately but i would imagine it would be logical to put all the bits together? so that all media is in one place on one system?
nickmax1

yoshi, thanks for your comments. I was hoping i could still keep the … yoshi, thanks for your comments. I was hoping i could still keep the external USB drive (could that still be updated too remotely?)installing RAM and HD isnt an issue I used to build PCs back in the day. I have Kodi on my Amazon Firetv stick (TVMC actually) so am fairly familiar with it. I guess I need to install Ubuntu first as the OS though.



i've not done it before as i use windows but i belive there is a combined kodi/ubunto package that installes everything you need at the same time for ease http://kodi.wiki/view/Kodibuntu
yoshi
yes i can see how a keyboard is useful at setup

How can you control this with a remote? There is no IR receiver inbuilt.

the fire stick is fine but I cant connect that to my hard drive?! The point of a media centre is to be able to play my movies to my TV (or ideally, to any TV connected to my network in the house!)


nickmax1

How can you control this with a remote? There is no IR receiver inbuilt.



Use an aftermarket one.

eg: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002A8HEFY/

Plenty available. That one is RF. I'm sure there are IR versions if you want to use it with something like a Logitech Harmony. Then use a key map with Kodi.

It does take up a USB port though of course.

Or use an air-mouse instead.
Edited by: "sancheez" 5th Aug 2015
repouk

lol, what you going to do keep them both or evaluate and send one back?



lol, I'm an impulse buyer, made worse by HUKD! Planning to build the 2807 into a silent media centre for my parents, and use the 1900 at my place as something similar, but I might use it as a CCTV box as well so the quad core and more power will probably be beneficial in this regard.
Anyone with experience of Kodi and OSMC, what's the difference? Is it worth going for one over the other? I'm a Linux user, but a complete noob to this whole media centre lark, so any tips would be gratefully received...
fleabittenvarmint

lol, I'm an impulse buyer, made worse by HUKD! Planning to build the 2807 … lol, I'm an impulse buyer, made worse by HUKD! Planning to build the 2807 into a silent media centre for my parents, and use the 1900 at my place as something similar, but I might use it as a CCTV box as well so the quad core and more power will probably be beneficial in this regard.



Which one with more power were you thinking of?
fleabittenvarmint

Anyone with experience of Kodi and OSMC, what's the difference? Is it … Anyone with experience of Kodi and OSMC, what's the difference? Is it worth going for one over the other? I'm a Linux user, but a complete noob to this whole media centre lark, so any tips would be gratefully received...



If you want just Kodi then use OpenELEC.
You could spend a lot less though on an Android device that supports OpenELEC.
nickmax1

yoshiyes i can see how a keyboard is useful at setupHow can you control … yoshiyes i can see how a keyboard is useful at setupHow can you control this with a remote? There is no IR receiver inbuilt.the fire stick is fine but I cant connect that to my hard drive?! The point of a media centre is to be able to play my movies to my TV (or ideally, to any TV connected to my network in the house!)



Unless I'm mistaken, I vaguely recall reading somewhere that you can power on from keyboard (there should be a BIOS setting for this, much like the wake on LAN setting), in which case something like a Logitech K400 would make a good remote/keyboard combo. I have one and once I have the Brix to try it with, I'll let you know if this works as I think, or whether I'm just talking b******s. Could well be the latter...
fleabittenvarmint

Unless I'm mistaken, I vaguely recall reading somewhere that you can … Unless I'm mistaken, I vaguely recall reading somewhere that you can power on from keyboard (there should be a BIOS setting for this, much like the wake on LAN setting), in which case something like a Logitech K400 would make a good remote/keyboard combo. I have one and once I have the Brix to try it with, I'll let you know if this works as I think, or whether I'm just talking b******s. Could well be the latter...



i have a logitech k400 and i can confirm that it works just fine. Used it to set mine up. It has a trackpad built in and the keyboard is smallish. I have also used a logitech dinovo mini and it works fine too. you can easily add a usb I/R receiver, i've done that too using a microsoft I/R receiver and it works well with a compatible remote. Finally i have tried a logitech harmony ultimate hub (which has bluetooth capability built in) and that works well too, although its overkill. To be honest there are literally hundreds of ways of controlling the device remotely if your willing to use bluetooth or add a dongle.

Have you thought about just buying a full size firetv as you can plug in an external hard disks to it now and access media.
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