Mele PCG03 Intel mini-HTPC with pre-installed fully licenced Windows 8.1 £129.99 @ Futeko
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Mele PCG03 Intel mini-HTPC with pre-installed fully licenced Windows 8.1 £129.99 @ Futeko

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Found 9th Mar 2015
Intel mini-HTPC with pre-installed fully licenced Windows 8.1. Tiny, fanless and silent. 2GB RAM + 32GB eMMC SSD. 64bit Intel Bay Trail chipset with Intel Gen7 HD graphics. Dolby Digital and DTS HD-Audio. Runs all Windows apps.

Powerful, silent and tiny Home Theatre PC with pre-installed fully licenced Windows 8.1. The versatility of a Windows PC with the form factor of a fanless+silent Android box.
We also sell the PCG03 bundled with the Mele F10 airmouse/keyboard and the Rii Mini i8+ trackpad/keyboard.

64bit Intel x86 Processor Powerful third generation Intel Bay Trail Z3735F quad core processor with Intel Gen7 HD Graphics. Easily enough power for smooth Windows 8.1 with 1080p video.

Pre-installed Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Bing is pre-installed. This gives you the flexibility of being able to install any Windows app, including Kodi, Plex, iPlayer, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Windows games. etc

Full Windows 8.1 Licence The PCG03 has a full PC licence of Windows 8.1, valid in the UK/Europe. Many similar products ship with either a 30 day trial version of Windows or a tablet licence which Microsoft could invalidate at any time.

Tiny Fanless Design The small form factor and silent fanless operation make the PCG03 perfect as a media PC for the lounge or bedroom. The PCG03 is well ventilated with heat-sink and aluminium casing to prevent overheating.

XBMC/Kodi for Windows Windows is the main development platform for Kodi so performance is reliably excellent and all add-ons run as intended. The PCG03 is capable of hardware accelerated playback of all 1080p video in Kodi.

2GB DDR3 RAM. 32GB eMMC Storage 2GB RAM and fast 32GB eMMC internal flash storage. Storage can be increased using SD cards up to 512GB.

Windows Media Apps Most media apps are deasigned first for Windows, so these versions are often the best. You can run Windows Kodi, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, XBMC, Plex. etc.

Powerful Home PC The PCG03 is powerful enough to comfortably run MS Office, Photoshop, and other Windows apps. It can be used as a full-blown PC.

Dolby Digital / DTS 5.1 HD-Audio Bitstream and passthrough of 5.1 channel Dolby Digital and DTS, including from within Kodi/XBMC.

Low Power Consumption The Mele PCG03 has an average energy consumption of less than 15W. This is less than a typical energy saving lightbulb and 10% of the average PC consumption of around 150W.

Great Connectivity RJ-45 100Mbps LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 1.4, VGA, USB 2.0 x3, SD Card, 3.5mm stereo audio.

Box contents: Mele PCG03, PSU (Euro 2-pin + UK adapter if ordered from the UK).

An ideal media player with greater PC functionality without the hassle of having to rely on custom versions of Android on many other boxes out there.

Not a bad price for a UK seller too, which avoids the delays when having to order directly from China.

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Same hardware as the windows stick which can run dual boot, android and windows,
So getting android onto this should be possible if you can find the image

Original Poster

HGEMAIL

Same hardware as the windows stick which can run dual boot, android and … Same hardware as the windows stick which can run dual boot, android and windows,So getting android onto this should be possible if you can find the image



Yes, that is quite possible.

I have seen a triple boot option for the Meegopad T01.

plus.google.com/+Ia…ybn

is this of sufficient spec to work with steam home-stream? would have been ideal for me but bought an android t9 box for xbmc not too long ago,otherwise i would have gone for this

thank op. heat+

Uses the Intel Atom Quad Core running at 1.33 to 1.83 Ghz.. Three USB ports. All USB 2. Memory can be expanded up to 512 GB, via the SD port. Internal ram cannot be expanded. Doesn't seem sensible to run a 64bit operating system with only 2 gigs of ram.

Nice

I think on balance I would go for a Zotac. No built in storage memory. Only a dual core. 4 USB 2 ports (at back, top, front), 2 USB 3 ports. Ram memory expandable up to 16gigabyes which makes much more sense if you have to run a 64 bit operating system A sata 6 interface for a 2.5" SSD (like the ones here recently). No Windows supplied. Thinner! No built in wireless but gigabit ethernet of course. £121.44 @ Amazon uk where it is has many five star revues

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zotac-ZBOX-NANO-NETTOP-Intel®/dp/B00GLPCUOM/

topbuzz76

is this of sufficient spec to work with steam home-stream? would have … is this of sufficient spec to work with steam home-stream? would have been ideal for me but bought an android t9 box for xbmc not too long ago,otherwise i would have gone for this


Valve are bringing out a dedicated box for that priced at $50 if thats all you want it for and you can wait till it comes out (end of year I think)

Seems like a sweet option for someone looking for a Kodi box... to add a little info - the blurb above mentions a bundle with the F10 airmouse/keyboard... I have one of those for my Android box & it's a bit if a nuisance - the keyboard is rather spongey and I'm constantly getting double presses or missed letters. I have friends with the trackpad/keyboard and it's definitely a better option, or just a full size wireless mouse/keyboard if you happen to have them laying around.

What are the benefits of these boxes of an ouya ?

good deal, shame its not windows pro.

mreibmoz

Valve are bringing out a dedicated box for that priced at $50 if thats … Valve are bringing out a dedicated box for that priced at $50 if thats all you want it for and you can wait till it comes out (end of year I think)


cheers bud not heard about that,sounds ideal

bazpoint

Seems like a sweet option for someone looking for a Kodi box... to add a … Seems like a sweet option for someone looking for a Kodi box... to add a little info - the blurb above mentions a bundle with the F10 airmouse/keyboard... I have one of those for my Android box & it's a bit if a nuisance - the keyboard is rather spongey and I'm constantly getting double presses or missed letters. I have friends with the trackpad/keyboard and it's definitely a better option, or just a full size wireless mouse/keyboard if you happen to have them laying around.


It's a bit expensive if you just want a dedicated Kodi box.

Does anyone know if I can use the VGA and HDMI as two simultaneous split-screen outputs?

What are the benefits of these boxes of an ouya ?

What are the benefits of these boxes of an ouya ?

dual display is fine. good for the price. proper web browsers. 2gb is a bit small, but w8.1,and w10 are designed to run in that amount of memory. might play Crysis @ 2fps.

topbuzz76

is this of sufficient spec to work with steam home-stream? would have … is this of sufficient spec to work with steam home-stream? would have been ideal for me but bought an android t9 box for xbmc not too long ago,otherwise i would have gone for this



I would have thought so, I've got an Intel Celeron NUC (Which I think is a better option) with an SSD and 4GB RAM and works good via that

snatch_master

Does anyone know if I can use the VGA and HDMI as two simultaneous … Does anyone know if I can use the VGA and HDMI as two simultaneous split-screen outputs?



Hi if you follow the link and view the video on the web site it shows both VGA and HDMI running.

Heat added and thanks for posting.

Would be nice if it wasn't for that stupid antenna at the back.

MisterMadHatter

It's a bit expensive if you just want a dedicated Kodi box.



Any recommendations for best value dedicated Kodi (or Plex) box? (wireless)

no gigabit ethernet?

Mumushka

Any recommendations for best value dedicated Kodi (or Plex) box? … Any recommendations for best value dedicated Kodi (or Plex) box? (wireless)


Either a Raspberry Pi 2 (cheap if you've already got a few of the additional required parts, like power lead, SD card, wireless adapter). Otherwise, a cheap Android box will do the trick. That's what I'm using. Something like this:

amazon.co.uk/Xsb…XQ6
hotukdeals.com/dea…439

Edited by: "MisterMadHatter" 9th Mar 2015

I've had this for 2 months, It's fantastic, Also got DuOS for android apps etc which imo is one of the best Android emulators.

Kodi runs brilliant.

MisterMadHatter

It's a bit expensive if you just want a dedicated Kodi box.



Yea, very true... I should've said "sweet option for someone looking for a Kodi box that can do some handy extra stuff". For anyone who is in a position that their TV can reasonably be used as an occasional PC, the ability to use full office is sweet just to start with.

For the later poster who asked for a good value Kodi box, I have a Minix Neo X7 which I'm very happy with. I don't use it for any 4k or silliness like that, but it seems to perform pretty well for everything else. There may be cheaper options though, I haven't researched since I got that several months ago. I'm sure others will have good suggestions.

shauneco

I've had this for 2 months, It's fantastic, Also got DuOS for android … I've had this for 2 months, It's fantastic, Also got DuOS for android apps etc which imo is one of the best Android emulators.Kodi runs brilliant.



Cheers for this link Shaun - I currently run Bluestacks but getting a bit annoyed with its intermittent/long start up times when launching, also less keen on the requirement to install applications they suggest periodically to use it.
Will give this a go this evening.

bobbler

Cheers for this link Shaun - I currently run Bluestacks but getting a bit … Cheers for this link Shaun - I currently run Bluestacks but getting a bit annoyed with its intermittent/long start up times when launching, also less keen on the requirement to install applications they suggest periodically to use it. Will give this a go this evening.



No worries, You get a months free trial, Well worth the $9.99 price ( About £6.50 ) should you buy it. It requires a minimum of 2gb ram but runs much smoother than bluestacks or any other one I've tried.

bazpoint

Yea, very true... I should've said "sweet option for someone looking for … Yea, very true... I should've said "sweet option for someone looking for a Kodi box that can do some handy extra stuff". For anyone who is in a position that their TV can reasonably be used as an occasional PC, the ability to use full office is sweet just to start with. For the later poster who asked for a good value Kodi box, I have a Minix Neo X7 which I'm very happy with. I don't use it for any 4k or silliness like that, but it seems to perform pretty well for everything else. There may be cheaper options though, I haven't researched since I got that several months ago. I'm sure others will have good suggestions.


Yeah, I bought my dad a HTPC (Zotac ZBox) for Christmas and he loves it as he can now do a lot of stuff on his TV, aside from using it for Kodi. HTPCs are great. Apparently my mum hogs it though to play games on. The Minix series of boxes are really good and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend those, although they're definitely on the more expensive side and possibly overkill again if you just want Kodi. I bought a cheapie dual-core Andrdoid box a couple of years ago and it works perfectly as a dedicated Kodi machine. It's the ATV1200 model. I've recently replaced the Android OS with a Linux version of Kodi and the performance now is really great. Obviously I no longer have access to Android apps but it's just Kodi that I'm interested in. It's easy to get carried away with these things but if you've got the money then this HTPC looks pretty good and at least you'll have options further down the line should you want to explore its potential.

Decided to give this a go for my living room and I'll move my Pi upstairs. Hopefully it's worth it, I'd like to run Plex so I can hook up the Apple TV channel in a second room. Any recommendation on remotes?

Hi all, excuse me for asking for help but if you don't ask you don't get. I've got an old ish WD NAS drive running Twonkey Media (think that's what it's called) and it's quite temperamental in what file formats it can play. I've got a mixture of MP4, MKV and AVCHD. At the moment I have my TV connected to my Denon Amp. In order to get sound through my external speakers I run most of the video through my Panasonic Blu-Ray Player with material from my NAS but it doesn't support MKV. It's quite slow, the Samsung TV will play the AVCH files but the sound is through the TV and again it can be slow (which may be because the NAS is old?).

In short, if I got this and connected it to my NAS and then into my AMP this would play everything wouldn't it, including AVCHD files as they play through my Laptop which has Windows 8.1 on it?

jasonmcg

Decided to give this a go for my living room and I'll move my Pi … Decided to give this a go for my living room and I'll move my Pi upstairs. Hopefully it's worth it, I'd like to run Plex so I can hook up the Apple TV channel in a second room. Any recommendation on remotes?



I found this

amazon.co.uk/Wir…7PO

ShopCom123

I found this … I found this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-Keyboard-Remote-Control-Center/dp/B009YPQ7PO



Pay an extra tenner and get a wireless control included. link below :-

futeko.com/pro…php

ShopCom123

I found this … I found this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-Keyboard-Remote-Control-Center/dp/B009YPQ7PO



or an extra £15 and get a wireless keyboard. link below :-

futeko.com/pro…php

jasonmcg

Decided to give this a go for my living room and I'll move my Pi … Decided to give this a go for my living room and I'll move my Pi upstairs. Hopefully it's worth it, I'd like to run Plex so I can hook up the Apple TV channel in a second room. Any recommendation on remotes?



I use this
amazon.co.uk/Rii…ard

Haven't had any problems with it.

shauneco

I've had this for 2 months, It's fantastic, Also got DuOS for android … I've had this for 2 months, It's fantastic, Also got DuOS for android apps etc which imo is one of the best Android emulators.Kodi runs brilliant.



Just testing out DuOS on Dual Xeon server with 32GB ram, allocated 4GB to it. It works, but it's less than impressive. Says it runs native, oh no it doesn't, it's a total lagfest even with 4GB ram. Thanks for the recommendation though, I won't be using it, I can't actually think of any reason I'd need to run Android on my desktop.

Thanks everyone. I would have gone with the extra £10 option if I'd seen it.

Original Poster

One word of warning with regards to DuOS.

I tried it for 30 days and it was OK but was not as good as I thought, so uninstalled it.

When I did, it removed all the icons from my desktop.

Not the end of the world but annoying none the less and when checking out their support forums, many others had the same issue, which the vendor kept claiming was resolved in various version updates but clearly wasn't, which didn't inspire confidence in the product for me.

ShopCom123

Hi all, excuse me for asking for help but if you don't ask you don't get. … Hi all, excuse me for asking for help but if you don't ask you don't get. I've got an old ish WD NAS drive running Twonkey Media (think that's what it's called) and it's quite temperamental in what file formats it can play. I've got a mixture of MP4, MKV and AVCHD. At the moment I have my TV connected to my Denon Amp. In order to get sound through my external speakers I run most of the video through my Panasonic Blu-Ray Player with material from my NAS but it doesn't support MKV. It's quite slow, the Samsung TV will play the AVCH files but the sound is through the TV and again it can be slow (which may be because the NAS is old?).In short, if I got this and connected it to my NAS and then into my AMP this would play everything wouldn't it, including AVCHD files as they play through my Laptop which has Windows 8.1 on it?



If you hook this up to your amp and network it to your NAS then yes, it will play anything.
KODI can read films from a NAS and play them, it covers most formats too.
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