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Well I'll take a look around for a good android item - it's definitely going to be tough given your price range.

Yeah I don't like buying locked down devices but it was hard to beat roku price and ease of use for the wife - but she and I both get along great on the htpc I built and a nice wireless keyboard.

If you don't mind going over your budget but $180 biggrin.gif

The Zotac ZBOX is awesome, I had the MAG series which is actually slightly less powerful as my ubuntu xbmc box/streamer and it was awesome and played everything with low ~10% cpu utilization due to the ION chip.
http://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-ZBOX-Intel-Mini-PC-ZBOX-ID41-PLUS-U/dp/B004WO8OBC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1365305707&sr=8-2&keywords=zotac+mag

~$280 on amazon with prime

Here's a thread I found on xbmc asking about best android device:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=145247

Looks like PIVOS XIOS is a popular one and now people are talking about the OUYA (stupid name)
http://www.pivosgroup.com/xios.html

XIOS as cortex A9 SOC on it which is the same in a log of Samsung Galaxy phones as well as iPhones I believe and has a Mali-400 3D chip which has support for XBMC since earlier Jan '13:

http://linux-sunxi.org/Mali400
http://liliputing.com/2013/01/experimental-xbmc-android-build-adds-hardware-accelerated-video-for-most-devices.html

Personally, I think you should go with the Zotac route as it's still low power and VESA mountable and you could run a full blown OS on it which is always handy for various things. Otherwise you run the risk of going through a couple of different android devices before you find one you like and you'll end up having spent the same as if you'd just gotten the Zotac machine in the first place.

Zotac also allows better repair-ability as you can pop the lid and replace ram, hdd etc - not that I think you'd have to worry about repairing it mine is over 4 years old now I think and is still kicking but now I've got it in my garage were it seems temps from -30f to 98-100f biggrin.gif.
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I'm looking at the pivos aios and the zios... what are your thoughts on those? Seem to both be what I'm looking for, unlocked android htpc that are small, quiet, come with a remote and can run Xbmc either natively or through an app
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Well it got buried but I mentioned the XIOS and what I thought about it wink.gif

I think if you use XBMC on either of those it will be awesome, even without XBMC it looks like they support tons of formats, all the ones you'd want.
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What's better, the xios or the aios? They seem to be priced the same...
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Well reading more I found the main difference and it's a huge one... XIOS has official XBMC support while AIOS does not

Here is their official thread regarding XBMC support:
http://www.pivosforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=669
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Oh hey, I just realized you're the guy I bought my monitor from! Thanks so much for the awesome deal on the monitor, I love it more and more everyday.

Looks like the Aios is the lil htpc that can, and its In my price range!
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Not the AIOS but the XIOS wink.gif

XIOS = xbmc support
AIOS != xbmc support

And yes I am the monitor dood biggrin.gif, glad it's still working great for you - I did notice I didn't receive any feedback on the trader system on here, mind taking a look when ya can? I'll leave ya feedback as well.
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Originally Posted by xyexz View Post

Not the AIOS but the XIOS wink.gif

XIOS = xbmc support
AIOS != xbmc support


And yes I am the monitor dood biggrin.gif, glad it's still working great for you - I did notice I didn't receive any feedback on the trader system on here, mind taking a look when ya can? I'll leave ya feedback as well.

I dont understand the bold bit.


as far as leaving feedback for each other, in order to leave feedback, we need to be able to insert the URL to the marketplace thread in the feedback forum... we never had a wanted/forsale ad for our transaction.... so we will have to talk to a mod and see what we do about that...
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you want to buy the XIOS as it has official xbmc support, they don't offer official XBMC support for AIOS model.

We can handle rest of PM.
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thats weird, since the aios seems like a more premium product.

so which would you get?

and what does " offical support " for XBMC mean?
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