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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:00 am    Post subject: Mac Mini as a basic HTPC? Reply with quote

I have always like the idea of being able to sit on my couch and browse
the Internet on my 65" display.

I have toyed around with the idea of buying an HTPC. However, I own a
very expensive Tivo (that I love), and an Oppo Blu-ray player that excels
in loading and playback.

There is no need for me to buy a full HTPC that will record TV shows or
play back Blu-rays. Just don't need it.

However, I could certainly use a device that would allow me to surf the
Internet, download and use applications (including office products) and
share/play videos across my network.

Since I am a Mac user, I figured that perhaps, a Mac Mini would be the
perfect product.

From my understanding, it has an HDMI output for audio and video.

With a wireless keyboard and trackpad, I could surf the Internet, work on
Office applications and play videos.

Just wondering what you guys think of going this route.

One last question...

On a plasma display, where IR is always a concern, do you think this is
a bad idea since the operating system would have static images on screen
for long periods of time.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I don't care for computing on my teevee screen. I think that has also been the consensus for that question.

It would seem that you don't want to use it as an HTPC but just as a PC.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


That is exactly correct.

I don't need an HTPC but would like to use my TV like a Mac.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only had a 37" 1080P TV and from the sofa 10-12ft away it was difficult to read the text properly on webpages and emails. I ended up switching to 720P to make it readable and gave up completely a week later. A 65" display is likely to make life a lot easier but its still not something I would do again. I prefer to browse on a computer screen at my desk.

I usually run dual monitors on my desk and frequently use one for browsing and one for media playback. I'm currently toying with the idea of moving my 37" TV onto my desk to act as a second monitor, media screen, and also hook my PS3 to it. My only worry is with the resolution maxed at 1080P the 37" screen may be too big to use as a desktop when used up close. I'm guessing 6ft away is probably the optimum for this screen size.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:12 am    Post subject: Mac Mini as a basic HTPC? Reply with quote

I've been using my 58" plasma and mini since 2010 to view the internet and love it. Only issue is my eyes aren't as good as they were almost 4 years ago - may have to get a bigger tv... Very Happy
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