Are Mini PCs and Mac Minis the Best Choice for a PVR?
PVR Wire is reporting that Systemax has launched a series of new Mini PCs that may be "prime candidates" for use as PVRs:
Systemax Mini Media Center PC - PVR Wire
Systemax has launched 3 new computers in what it's calling the Impact Mini-PC line and is shooting to capture the Mac-mini loving audience.
2 of the PCs use the Windows Media Center operating system making them prime candidates to act as your household PVR.
Personally, I don't see the advantage of a Mini PC for PVR use. Why not just get a cheap and powerful desktop and put it in a closet or the basement? How Mini will your Mini really be once you have something (external hard drive(s)) plugged into two USB ports and one Firefire ports?
The only advantage I see to putting this in the living room is easy access to the DVD drive.
Are you using a Mini (PC or Mac) as a PVR? If so, why did you choose it over a desktop?
There are many mini pc solutions available for PVR use among other media uses, you might want to consider some of the different mini pc's these guys offer: