MSI DC111 Wind Box PC
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MSI has announced the launch of its new-generation Wind Box DC111. The only 35 mm thin Wind Box DC111 shines not only visually, but also low power consumption. With Intel Celeron 1037U, powerful graphics and liquid HD playback, it also offers computational power, one would expect at this small size in any way. The mini-PC is the space-saving solution for all computing tasks such as internet, email and office applications as well as TV, music, video and photo playback.
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Capable of Playing 1080 video fine, Intel audio can only Support 2 Channel via HDMI/Analog, haven't tried sp/dif. However using XBMC this passes through Dolby (ac3) No Problems, WILL NOT DO: DTS or Dolby Digital Plus. Runs Unreal Tournament fine, wouldn't expect much from it in terms of gaming.
WHY I DIDN'T GIVE IT 5 STARS:
I was thinking given it's low speed and power consumption that this would be silent running, however it has a tiny fan that spins often up to 2000rpm and is comparable in noise to most modern laptops under load, not a deal breaker, but it is loud enough sometimes to notice.
I have played all different formats of movies and it plays them cleanly and is also ideal for online streaming of movies etc. Wireless range is very good and the 2 USB3 ports on the rear ensure that data transfer is pretty quick using USB3 drives. Some people have commented on the fan noise but I have not found it an issue at all
The connection to the TV is via the HDMI output. To get the audio through the HDMI connection I needed to install pulseaudio control panel from Ubuntu and change the settings accordingly.
In conclusion this was a very good solution to turn a dumb tv into a smart tv! The fan noise is there but is not an issue since the MSI computer is out of the way behind the tv.
However it does put out a fair bit of noise for a pc this size. If you like to watch quiet atmospheric films such as gravity then you may be disappointed. The noise is a mid range whining fan sound which revs up and down. It's not incredibly loud, but can be distracting. There are a few threads about this on internet forums.
One other slightly nerdy point (and possibly irrelevant for most people) is that if you want to install or boot from a live SD/MicroSD(with adapter) from the multicard reader, you may run into problems. The multicard reader doesn't seem to be able to provide stable read output to support this, at least on my unit. Typically it will boot but then randomly fail during a SD based linux installation or live system startup. The same SD will work perfectly in a usb dongle SD reader on the same machine.
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