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The people over at Mvix, makers of the Mvix MX-760HD (a Linux-based wireless media center), have done a comparison of their product and the gadget of the moment, the Apple TV. For those of you looking for a media center or media center extender device, the […]

MvixThe people over at Mvix, makers of the Mvix MX-760HD (a Linux-based wireless media center), have done a comparison of their product and the gadget of the moment, the Apple TV.

For those of you looking for a media center or media center extender device, the Mvix is a great alternative to the Apple TV. I tested out the Mvix MX-760HD a couple of weeks ago. The Mvix is about the size of a large external hard drive. It does not ship with an hard drive, but you can install one if you choose. Installation requires removing thumbscrews, and popping in the drive. The fit is a little tight, but it works.

Regardless of whether you install a hard drive, the device can stream many kinds of data from your network. The Mvix handled every type of file I tried, including VOB files. However, it cannot play protected content. I did experience some stutter in video playback with large, DVD-sized files while streaming video wirelessly. For the most part, video playback was quite good.

If you do chose to install a hard drive, you can hook up the drive to your computer and drag and drop files. If you are sharing video from a Mac, you will want to use something like SharePoints to allow the Mvix to access the files. If you choose to get the Mvix, take a look over at OReillyNet.com for an excellent article about how to hook up an Mvix to your Mac network.

Hooking the Mvix up to a television was a snap. The Mvix has composite out (for older televisions), S-Video out, component out, and DVI out. It supports resolutions up to 1080P (the Apple TV tops out at 720P).

The device itself is not as stylish as an Apple TV, but it is far from ugly. The interface is not as snazzy as an Apple TV, but if you can live without the flashiness, the Mvix is a quite capable machine. It costs $299 over at ThinkGeek.

  1. Hmm, it’s white I guess. I still don’t get it though – what do these things do that my 5 year old XBOX running XBMC can’t do?

    At 300 bucks for an AppleTV/MVIX thats a serious question.

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  2. Honza, that’s a good question, but I think the thing is that this product is ready to go, meaning you don’t have to worry with getting an xbox, adding the mod (or even doing a softmod), doing the setup of *nix, install xmbc, setup the hd, and all of the other random things it takes to get it done on an xbox. i’ll admit i haven’t modded an xbox for xmbc use in quite some time so the process maybe MUCH easier now.

    One could argue that the purchase of a cheapy dell/gateway pc may be just as worthwhile ofa purchase over a product like this. Heck, i’d rather have a mac mini than an apple tv, i don’t NEED the hdmi that the apple-tv offers, however a mac-mini will most certainly give me more video formats than the apple-tv natively gives.

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  3. So let me get this straight: the Mvix costs exactly the same as the Apple TV but doesn’t come with a hard drive or HDMI, sputters when playing wireless streaming video, doesn’t have as good an interface, and doesn’t look as good, yet is “a great alternative to the Apple TV???”

    Does not compute.

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  4. Oh, but it does compute.
    I have just to much content from other sources that are not compatible with Apple TV.
    Apple TV is a good product, but I will not consider it until I can use it to replace my old DVD player and it plays other formats. With Mvix I can still enjoy all my content, not just that from Apple.
    Come-on, even the iPod plays mp3′s.

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  6. Who cares about the flashy stuff as long as it plays all your files, something the Apple TV does not do! Nice that it has WiFi built in too, is it G or N?

    http://www.switchingtomac.com/

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  7. [...] ao AppleTV Compare preços :apple TV, TV, HDTV, linux, MVIX.Lendo o The Apple Blog vi um produto muito interessante. Hoje ele pode ser comprado por 299 dolares através da Thinkgeek. [...]

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  8. I’m a bit biased here, but a side by side comparison of the Apple TV to the MX-760HD reallly points to the Mvix device being a winner in a lot of categories particularly the file format one.

    Interested in disussing it some more? Wander over to MvixCommunity.com.

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