What's the best option for a dedicated media box for my tv?
December 29, 2013 12:23 PM Subscribe
For the past year, I've been plugging my laptop into the TV using an HDMI cable to watch netflix, youtube clips, or TV shows. This is getting tedious, and I'd like to move to a dedicated box for this purpose. But I don't know what to get.
posted by zug to Computers & Internet (21 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
1. 1080p HDMI output
3. Wireless keyboard/mouse
4. Full web browser with flash support
1. Plays music (CD and/or mp3)
2. Plays DVD movies
I don't think a dedicated steaming box like a roku will work for me; I need a full web browser to watch shows on *ahem* non-mainstream websites as well as netflix and none of the streaming media players seem to have it. I'd love to be wrong, because that seems like the easiest solution.
I could probably just buy a small form-factor computer with HDMI output and hook it up to the TV, but I'm hoping to find a cheaper and/or cleaner solution.
(if it matters, I don't have cable TV and have no plan to get it)