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Written by Emily Ladouceur   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media Center
Closer Look: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC
Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Details
Features and Specifications
HTPC Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Arctic MC001-BD Blu-ray HTPC Media Center Review

Manufacturer: ARCTIC COOLING AG
Product Name: Home Theater Entertainment Center
Model Number: MC001-BD
Price As Tested: $599.95 (factory direct from Arctic)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Arctic.

Home entertainment is quickly changing, and computer techology has become integrated with the personal space. Data storage and playback is becoming more diverse and streamlined by the second. More and more entertainment can be found on the Internet; TV shows, movies, music... the list goes on. To keep up with the demand for instant entertainment, manufacturers such as ARCTIC are designing devices that are ever more sleek and quiet, usually with an array of features to keep the consumer content in their own personal empire. If you are looking to update your home theater with personal entertainment devices, or simplify your leisure time, there are many new Windows Media Center devices emerging on the market. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center with Blu-ray player to see if this Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium HTPC can combine the benefits of a personal computer with multimedia streamer.

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With the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center, you are able to watch TV (with record, pause, and playback) either traditionally or online. It supports 1080p high definition movie viewing with 7.1 channel surround so your movie experience is theater quality. It is capable of multi-room entertainment so you can streamline your library and access different potions of your music library simultaneously from different rooms in your home. The Arctic MC001-BD has a low power consumption and an attractive sleek design. There is also a Free Remote Application for iOS and Android devices so you can use your phone or tablet as a remote. With all these features I'm excited to start the testing to see if the Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center is as good as it sounds.



 

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# RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterAthlonite 2012-03-20 21:30
perhaps 1 or two SSD's instead of a 500GB 7200RPM 16MB cache HDD for less heat
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# RE: RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterOlin Coles 2012-03-20 21:45
The hard drive on this device is not much of a heat producer, but the dual-core Atom processor is. Being passively cooled, the thermal output nearly matches the threshold for the integrated cooling system. It handles most tasks just fine, but operating at 50%+ CPU for more than a few minutes will cause heat concerns.
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# RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterSun Down 2012-03-20 23:15
There's an app for iOS and Android, but no Windows Phone? And this is using a Windows OS...
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# mrMichael 2012-05-31 11:05
For that amount of money i can build me a much better micro pc.
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# RE: Arctic MC001-BD HTPC Media CenterMoe 2012-09-06 03:00
With the same footprint? I highly doubt it. But live your dream and dream your life :)
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