VidaBox SLIM Media Center Review
When I was contacted by Steven Cheung, one of the co-founders of VidaBox, about reviewing one of their units, I was less than thrilled. I’d already reviewed a machine running MCE (Microsoft Media Center Edition) so I didn’t see what the big deal could be. But as I browsed their site and looked a little closer, I saw some unexpected things. First, there was a media center the size of a shoebox. Second, there was one that looked like a DVD player. But mostly what I noticed was the severe lack of configurations available. Wait a second, I thought, aren’t these just PCs? Aren’t they able to be configured however you want? It seems that VidaBox has taken a different tact. Rather than letting the user slap together whatever accessories and options they want and hope that everything meshes together the way it should, they pre-configure the system and test it extensively to make sure it is stable and solid out of the box. Supposedly, these means that once you set up the system, it should need little to no maintenance. No unexpected crashes, no driver conflicts, just solid performance. You know, the kind of performance you’d expect from a DVD player or a receiver. Well, we’ll just see about that.
The VidaBox SLIM is still a PC and it still does stuff occasionally to remind you of that. But as media centers go, this one is pretty great. The VidaBox Slim is sleek, elegant, and stable.