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In my OP I stated "has to support wifi, wired lan not an option". This is because I live on a boat and rely solely on wifi. I avoided looking at the Pi for a number of reasons. I read about laggy experiences running XBMC. Is your experience otherwise? How easy would it be to plug in wifi? I worry that there is too much configuring with the Pi, something I'd enjoy but don't have time for.

Just takes a supported USB dongle, and a hub if you want more then two devices. I haven't used WIFI with mine but XBMC works fine for what i use it for (play back on a old tube tv biggrin.gif with the root on an NFS share).
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There's one other issue with the Pi: I'd like to run Windows so I can run foobar.
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Yeah there are some very tiny USB wifi dongles that work out the box with the Pi. Yes, XBMC is a bit sluggish navigating, but no worse than most standalone media players I've experienced and playback is absolutely fine. Since your main criterion is low power I think it nails it on the head.... Its less than 10W or something like that. You'd still need a PC/laptop or at least access to one to set it up and maintain it though so it's not the be all and end all solution but considering how cheap they are and how well they work though it could be a worthy investment just to sit permanently by your tv/projector for the times it is useful.

One minor issue is that the built in USB ports can't supply enough current for 2.5" bus powered HDDs. You can get around this with a powered hub or using large flash drives but something to consider.

Another option might be something like a WD live media player.

I'm not familiar with foobar though so don't know the requirements for that
 
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Yeah there are some very tiny USB wifi dongles that work out the box with the Pi. Yes, XBMC is a bit sluggish navigating, but no worse than most standalone media players I've experienced and playback is absolutely fine. Since your main criterion is low power I think it nails it on the head.... Its less than 10W or something like that. You'd still need a PC/laptop or at least access to one to set it up and maintain it though so it's not the be all and end all solution but considering how cheap they are and how well they work though it could be a worthy investment just to sit permanently by your tv/projector for the times it is useful.

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Another option might be something like a WD live media player.

I'm not familiar with foobar though so don't know the requirements for that

Thanks for that, pharcycle. I'm based in Thailand and thought the Pi would be out of my reach but there are online shops here who sell them. I'm tempted to buy a Pi just for the hell of it.

Curious to know one other thing: when using XBMC on the Pi, do you navigate via the fan art menu? Can it handle all those image files or are you restricted to text-only menus?
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It slows down more on the heavier skins because of all the rendering it has to do. Skins heavy on fan art don't do to well.
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