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The Pi Hut XBMC Media Centre Kit for Raspberry Pi

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  • Latest Raspberry Pi Model B (512M RAM)
  • 8GB SD Card Preinstalled with OpenELEC XBMC Media Center
  • Black Raspberry Pi Case
  • UK 5V 1500mA Power Supply
  • Network & HDMI Cable
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandThe Pi Hut
Item Weight340 g
Product Dimensions15.8 x 15.2 x 5.4 cm
Item model number100034
Lithium Battery Weight5 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00BBJTGRM
Best Sellers Rank 25,746 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 g
Date First Available5 Feb. 2013
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The perfect Raspberry Pi XBMC media centre kit. Comprising of a Raspberry Pi, Black Case, 8GB SD card preinstalled with the OpenELEC XBMC media centre operating system, UK power supply (5V 1500 mA), network cable (1.8m) and HDMI cable (1.8m)

Note: Please shutdown the system properly; Treat the bay with care when inserting the SD card. The bay is easily snapped if mistreated; The cases are a fairly tight fit to prevent the Pi from sliding around, hence use enough force.

Box Contains

Raspberry Pi Model B
8GB SD Card Preinstalled with XBMC
5v 1500mA Power Supply
Black Raspberry Pi Case
Ethernet Cable
HDMI Cable


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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kaye on 24 July 2013
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Everything in this kit is great APART from the power supply.

The power supply supplied with this kit is seriously underpowered for the Raspberry Pi when you're using any type of USB/Ethernet attachments. As this kit supplies all of this kit I'd argue that the imagined use-case is with these peripherals attached. Simply put - if you have any issues with your SD card un-mounting or the device freezing etc, consider using another power supply before worrying about whether you've got a duff board.

I'm using Amazon's basic tablet power supply (I think it was intended for the Kindle) which puts out 2A which is more than enough to fix any of the issues I found whilst using the included power supply.

Also of note is that the pictured case is black and the one I received was a transparent blue colour. This isn't an issue for me, but bear that in mind if you're looking for a black case.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nevan C. on 6 Oct. 2014
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Pros:
It's a complete starter kit for anyone want to dip their toe in the water of Rasberry pi, i.e internet access, attaching to the TV, programming

Cons:
The description said that this was the most up to date raspberry pi. That wasn't true. This had a B type board, even though B+ has been out for some time.
The XBMC Media centre was supposed to be pre installed, but wasn't. It took a bit of updating the raspberry pi itself and installing the packages to do this.

As someone who is technical, but knew nothing about Raspberry pi, I purchased this kit. As mentioned above it didn't have media centre installed, nor was it the most up to date raspberry pi, as advertised. I would imagine having the most up to date hardware would be a good idea for a media centre. There were many steps to installing the XBMC properly i.e. updating the raspberry pi etc, which weren't too difficult, but it was a bit annoying when this was already supposed to be installed

That aside, I found the kit useful for having all the bits to be up and running i.e. ethernet cable, hdmi cable and power supply. As a result, I could get linux running on it quickly, and write a few python programs. I can see why raspberry pi's were a sell out when they first came out as it is a fun way to play with the basic world of computers. I found my hidden nerd came out and I bought many other pieces of hardware for projects, so that I could control devices outside of the raspberry pi itself.

In truth, I love the raspberry pi, but have to give this kit a low score, as it was misleading to say it was the most up to date raspberry pi, and not have the XBMC media centre preinstalled.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PaD pOd on 29 Aug. 2014
Raspberry Pi is Great. Unfortunately everything else is either cheap or outdated.
The SD card is only a class 6 even though the makers suggest nothing slower than class 10. the version of Openelec supplied on the slow card is seriously out of date. NOT value for money. I'd advise anyone to buy the peripherals separately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Callum Urquhart on 9 Dec. 2014
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I bought this together with a "New IT Remote for Pi Media Centres" and the "The Pi Hut USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Raspberry Pi" to use in the bedroom.

Installation was straightforward - place the Pi into the base of the cover, slide in the memory card, connect a keyboard, mouse and TV (via HDMI) and then power. You get a choice of operating systems, I chose OpenELEC. The install didn't take long, probably a minute or two then it rebooted and started in OpenELEC. It then wanted to update so I did so which took another few minutes.

I configured it to add a video library from my FreeNAS server via an NFS share. This was more of a faff than it should have been because OpenELEC couldn't see the NFS share but (eventually) I just typed the full path to the NFS share and it worked fine. I assume that's a problem with OpenELEC which can be fixed, but now that it's configured I don't need to touch it again.

I then tried to play a movie in MKV format, 1080P with 5.1 DTS audio - and it was terrible. It stuttered and buffered to the point of being useless. To cut a long story short - streaming such a file via NFS over WiFi is a problem. I didn't try Samba but I have read that NFS has less overhead so I didn't see the point. There are some NFS config settings you can fiddle with but it seemed awkward and potentially pointless, so instead I just ran a cable from the router to the Pi and now all is well - no stuttering and the only buffering is a few seconds at the start of a movie.

I also tried the Pi in the living room, connecting it via the HDMI to an AV receiver (Sony STR-DN850) which then connects to a 60" TV and DALI Zensor 5 front and center speakers with Wharfedale SW150 sub.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AG on 30 Sept. 2014
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Don't bother. I would give this zero stars if I could. The Pi needs to be restarted several times before starting up, It's slow with videos jumping all the time. The OS is well out of date and to add insult to injury has stopped working completely now. It's only 4 months old. Complete and utter was of money.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. P. East on 11 Jun. 2013
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Very pleased with the unit that I bought complete with case and ready to run.
Will take some time for me aged 79 to learn it's full capabilities, give me time Ha Ha.
Mr. R P East
Dereham, Norfolk
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