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DeSade
12-03-2018, 10:42 AM
Hi Guys

I have need of a inexpensive laptop for use as a media device.
It will have access my main machine from either using a LAN or teamviewer or something, whatever is easier.
The laptop will be permanently plugged into a TV but I want the ability to control both my media and my main computer from the laptop on the TV.

What kind of power do I need in the laptop to do this?

wratterus
12-03-2018, 10:54 AM
Does it need to play back 4k media, or do you think it will in the future? You won't be gaming on it at all?

dugimodo
12-03-2018, 11:08 AM
Not much power at all, but if you want 4K as per Wratterus question you will want a recent CPU or graphics card to support the newer codecs.

Any specific reason it need to be a laptop? I like the look of something like this https://www.dicksmith.co.nz/dn/buy/kogan-atlas-c300-mini-pc/ although you are very limited for software installation with the 32GB of storage on that.
I have a Lattepanda with basically the same hardware and can confirm it handles media streaming and playback at 1080P easily and windows 10 takes up about half of the 32GB on mine.

There are a lot of low power mini PC options around, but if you want a laptop I think the main points are at least 4GB of RAM and a recent graphics chipset.

DeSade
12-03-2018, 11:11 AM
i just need something that will run teamviewer (probably) as I want full access to the main machine and my media files.
Figured a laptop would be easier, no experience with these mini units.

Do not need 4k right now, TV is not 4k and I have no current plans to replace it

psycik
12-03-2018, 11:15 AM
Does it have to be a laptop? Not a Brix, or Intel NUC?

Though a laptop does have the advantage of a built in battery.

wratterus
12-03-2018, 11:22 AM
Have a look at an Intel Compute Stick or similar?

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BPCINT3072340/Intel-Compute-Stick-Single-Board-Computer---Intel

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BPCASU3000/ASUS-VivoStick-TS10-Computer-Stick-with-Windows-10

Are you expecting to play back video through a teamviewer connection?

DeSade
12-03-2018, 11:25 AM
Does it have to be a laptop? Not a Brix, or Intel NUC?

Though a laptop does have the advantage of a built in battery.

No
As long as it does what I need it to do it could be a block of cheese for all I care....
mmmmmm cheese.......

DeSade
12-03-2018, 11:27 AM
Have a look at an Intel Compute Stick or similar?

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BPCINT3072340/Intel-Compute-Stick-Single-Board-Computer---Intel

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BPCASU3000/ASUS-VivoStick-TS10-Computer-Stick-with-Windows-10

Are you expecting to play back video through a teamviewer connection?

I was hoping to do all I needed to do through teamviewer yes.
Access to my main machine and everything on it (probably not games but maybe)
Netflix through a browser
Media drives
etc


I don't really like those sticks
I would prefer that the TV is nothing more than a monitor.

dugimodo
12-03-2018, 11:42 AM
Those sticks have the same sort of hardware as the one I linked, personally I have one with 2GB of RAM and I'd recommend avoiding those. 4GB of RAM is just easier to do things with.
You can tweak windows 10 to run pretty well on 2GB, but with 4GB you don't need to bother.

This is what I have for reference https://www.dfrobot.com/product-1405.html it's pretty cool but there are enough issues that I can't recommend it which is why I linked the Kogan.
You can also get convertable laptop/tablets with the same hardware. It's very common in low cost windows 10 machines.

Seriously almost anything with an HDMI output will do what you want, laptop, tablet, mini pc, ex lease sff pc, lots of options.
NUCs & Brix are cool, but you pay a premium for their small size. Worth it for some people, not for others.

DeSade
12-03-2018, 12:17 PM
Those sticks have the same sort of hardware as the one I linked, personally I have one with 2GB of RAM and I'd recommend avoiding those. 4GB of RAM is just easier to do things with.
You can tweak windows 10 to run pretty well on 2GB, but with 4GB you don't need to bother.

This is what I have for reference https://www.dfrobot.com/product-1405.html it's pretty cool but there are enough issues that I can't recommend it which is why I linked the Kogan.
You can also get convertable laptop/tablets with the same hardware. It's very common in low cost windows 10 machines.

Seriously almost anything with an HDMI output will do what you want, laptop, tablet, mini pc, ex lease sff pc, lots of options.
NUCs & Brix are cool, but you pay a premium for their small size. Worth it for some people, not for others.

That was my thought.
A laptop seemed to solve all my issues in the simplest way
This machine will be always plugged in and never shutdown (its Windows so a reboot will be necessary occasionally)