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Intel Nuc N2820 £94.97 including delivery @ eBuyer
Intel Nuc N2820 £94.97 including delivery @ eBuyer

Intel Nuc N2820 £94.97 including delivery @ eBuyer

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Currently running one with OpenElec Kodi (XBMC) as a HTPC and it's great.

Requires either a SSD or USB memory stick and some 1.35V RAM.

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gjc1975

Currently running one with OpenElec Kodi (XBMC) as a HTPC and it's … Currently running one with OpenElec Kodi (XBMC) as a HTPC and it's great.Requires either a SSD or USB memory stick and some 1.35V RAM.



thats a lot of money to run XBMC on

Probably reduced as there a new range coming out along with the Compute Stick's

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OrribleHarry

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html



True, but no ethernet capability.

There also doesn't appear to be a lower end NUC coming - it would appear that they are going to start with an i3 therefore a bit more expensive.

Cheers

OrribleHarry

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/compute-stick/intel-compute-stick.html



Looks very good!

Christ if it's just XBMC you want then go check eBay item number: 221654689080

niceguyrichy

Christ if it's just XBMC you want then go check eBay item number: … Christ if it's just XBMC you want then go check eBay item number: 221654689080



can do it for less than half of that price using a Raspberry Pi

My old one is running the preview of Windows 10. Have it set to boot straight in to Kodi, but it can do all the "normal" Windows stoff as well. With an SSD and 4GB RAM it runs great. Remember to up the Video RAM to max 512MB (default is 64 I think) in BIOS, and Palemoon64 browser is the best bet for web flash-based video. A small, cheap SSD and a cheap stick of RAM makes tis a very capable little box. Still a good buy at this price in my opinion.

paulj48

can do it for less than half of that price using a Raspberry Pi


I have pi but:less ram, slower cpu/gpu, no rom, no wifi, no remote(in box) and no h265 support(this box from ebay should support it without problems).

loki7777

I have pi but:less ram, slower cpu/gpu, no rom, no wifi, no remote(in … I have pi but:less ram, slower cpu/gpu, no rom, no wifi, no remote(in box) and no h265 support(this box from ebay should support it without problems).



I have model B running OpenElec, dont need more power as this runs just fine, old sd card and a wired network connection. Dont need a seperate remote as my normal TV remote work's just fine through the HDMI, dont need h265 support as I watch streamed only, £23 from the Amazon lightning deals last year, cant fault it and it's replaced my aged Popcorn Hour.

Do the Ebuyer ones have the upgraded 2830 processor are are they still selling the 2820 ones?
Using a Pi or one of the many Cortex powered boxes is fine for basic Kodi/OpenElec use but if you use any of the more complex skins or have a large media collection they run too slow for my liking.

So how do u watch h625 formatted streamed on xbmc.

Sorry h265

So how do u watch h625 formatted streamed on xbmc.

if it is just for xbmc, and you have network storage, then the fire tv at £66 from Argos is all you need.

This deal is better than the other NUC deal posted here, but the Gigabyte Brix is still cheaper and it seems to run better. It doesn't need any optimized browser or adjustments in the BIOS to run HD video.

hotukdeals.com/dea…051

I use my Brix as a mini PC, running 100% silently 24/7. I agree with others though that it's a lot of money if you're only going to use these devices for Kodi (XBMC) as there's cheaper solutions that work well for that.

Edited by: "soza" 13th Jan 2015

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Still available @0345.

I have the Brix quoted here and with memory and an SSD, it runs as a Steam In Home Streaming box at 1080p/60fps over gigabit with no issues at all. For my purposes the Brix was better value.

Celeron.... I thought swear words were moderated here

Yomanda

Celeron.... I thought swear words were moderated here


Oh it was left out lol

I ran xbmc on a Pi for a year but the whole experience is on another level since I sideloaded it on to my Amazon Fire TV.

Bought mine from Currys when they had stock at £64 over Christmas plus had a tenner cashback by paying with Amex.

I know have gone up in price now but if you spot one cheap again I'd grab one.

They are silent, really small and fast plus you can load some apps up like iPlayer, games etc. You don't need to subscribe to Prime to watch old films to still use the device.

planthead

if it is just for xbmc, and you have network storage, then the fire tv at … if it is just for xbmc, and you have network storage, then the fire tv at £66 from Argos is all you need.



Have you seen how they have jacked up the price of those things now, around £79...! The Fire TV seems a great peice of kit, though the latest firmware ones can't be rooted as yet - if that matters. Also not sure if I read correctly about some concerns over Dolby Digital pass through being potentially problematic and, as its an Android box, no 24p support.
I would have got one but by the time stopped thinking about it and was ready to click and buy they went up to £79..!

I had xbmc on Pi for quite a while and it was fine for basic watching of shows. In the end though it got very restrictive and running it on a Brix was just so much more pleasant. Also you've got spare capacity sitting there ready for your next "I wonder what if..." brainwave.

scav

I ran xbmc on a Pi for a year but the whole experience is on another … I ran xbmc on a Pi for a year but the whole experience is on another level since I sideloaded it on to my Amazon Fire TV.Bought mine from Currys when they had stock at £64 over Christmas plus had a tenner cashback by paying with Amex.I know have gone up in price now but if you spot one cheap again I'd grab one.They are silent, really small and fast plus you can load some apps up like iPlayer, games etc. You don't need to subscribe to Prime to watch old films to still use the device.



Yep, the fire TV is great.

I've got mine rooted so can get play store on it too, controlling it with my phone is fantastic for cursor & typing. as I can just use droidmote which was around £3 I think.

Only downside is, my ps4 controller won't pair with the damn thing - I did intend on plugging in an eternal NAS for shows/roms as it can be used for that now too. I'll try different software for the ps4 controller pairing since I should be able to upgrade or downgrade at will with a custom bootloader
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 14th Jan 2015

Tinker123

So how do u watch h625 formatted streamed on xbmc.


Tinker123

Sorry h265


Tinker123

So how do u watch h625 formatted streamed on xbmc.

Did you know you can edit your post?

OpenElec V5 is based on the renamed XBMC called KODI and has software H265 decoding built in, though you won't be doing that on a Pi or Fire TV.

Is this any better? similar price but CPU score better on cpubenchmark.com

gjc1975

There also doesn't appear to be a lower end NUC coming - it would appear … There also doesn't appear to be a lower end NUC coming - it would appear that they are going to start with an i3 therefore a bit more expensive.



What they showed at CES were the Broadwell NUCs, which replace the existing Haswell NUCs.

The NUC in this deal is Bay Trail platform. It's totally different branch of hardware. The successor to this is Braswell and there is a Braswell NUC coming very soon as well, they just didn't show it at CES.

On one of the reviews someone says:-
"The model received came with the N2820 processor which has been acknowledged by Intel to have be flawed/buggy. Some other online vendors are dispatching the updated model with the revised N2830 processor."
true???

WeTek Play £88 delivered choose cable tuner/twin sat tuner dual boots lots of images included openelec 5

wetek.com/pro…lay

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I stream full bluray rips as H264 with DTS HD audio via a homeplug network from a NAS to an AV amp - MKV sizes roughly between 20-30Gb. This little fella hasn't missed a beat.I have continued to upgrade the BIOS as it became available though.

The one I'm running is the 2820 & not the 2830 which by all accounts is supposed to be a little better.

Cheers

Thought it, said NUFC being sold for £94 ! (That'd be about right at minute.....)

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voodooboard

What they showed at CES were the Broadwell NUCs, which replace the … What they showed at CES were the Broadwell NUCs, which replace the existing Haswell NUCs. The NUC in this deal is Bay Trail platform. It's totally different branch of hardware. The successor to this is Braswell and there is a Braswell NUC coming very soon as well, they just didn't show it at CES.



Thanks, wasn't aware of this but surprised that they weren't at CES.

Cheers

bassethound2005

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Ooooo now that's interesting! Might replace my VU+ Solo2

gjc1975 does this give you surround sound using the various plugins for Kodi?

I purchased the Amazon Fire and found that using the Amazon video app you get get dolby digital surround sound, this is via my Yamaha YSP-2200 sound bar.

However, i don't think any Android base Kodi box can output surround sound so you're stuck with 2 channel. Correct me if i'm wrong because i can't get it working.

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carwacster,

I output via HDMI to a pioneer amp via the passthrough setting in kodi and the amp recognises all the formats that are presented.

I also use the NUC with a denon amp that doesn't have HDMI and that's a bit awkward; sound goes HDMI to TV then optical out of TV into an old denon amp - I haven't yet worked out how to get full DTS / DD via this route.

Have just googled your soundbar and it would appear that if Kodi set to passthrough then your soundbar would od all the decoding and you'd end up with all the surround sound formats from a Linux based Kodi.

Hope that helps.

Cheers

paulj48

can do it for less than half of that price using a Raspberry Pi



Can do it for half of that price by telling your Dad to come round with the videos he got from the car boot. That happened last week, I didn't like the one with the banana though, my eyes start watering at the thought of it.

Thanks gjc1975 is the NUC the cheapest way then for a mini computer, once you added storage etc?

I have the NUC with the N2830 CPU, bought to replace the Pi that sits in my bedroom. Mrs struggles with the Pi as the menus are way too slow and not able to use the same theme as the HTPC in the lounge. I've got Win 7 on it with Kodi, playing files off my fileservers with no issues at all. a small SSD drive in it makes a lot of difference. I've had a few times on the Pi where the SD card has currupted, even had a USB stick currupt. The Pi is cheap and cheerful and some may be happy with it for XBMC (Kodi) but there are plenty of others who will tell you it's just not quite up to the job.
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