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Openelec on Tangent Rugged Mini-GM - Toublack - 06-11-2015

Hello,

I am researching a nice, space saving mini HTPC/box to replace my buddy's ATV2 and I stumbled upon this Tangent branded Rugged Mini-GM.

It would basically used to run Openelec only (no heavy lifting), connected to a TV via a Bose Sound System and plan on using the Bose remote to control it (FLIRC, right?).

Does any body have experience with this box?

Here are the specs:
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
Chipset: Intel GM45 chipset
Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
Video: Integrated Intel GMA X4500
Dual: VGA / HDMI
Storage System: 160GB SATA (I actually plan on replacing this with a SSD)
Network Interface: Ethernet 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN (Optional): (a PremierTek a/b/n/c USB wireless adapter)
Audio: Realtek HD Audio
I/O Ports: One Serial port /Four USB 2.0 ports (2x front, 2x rear) /One RJ45 /Two VGA ports, one HDMI
Audio ports (line-in/mic, line-out/spkr-headphone)
Expansion Slots: Mini-PCI (used by wireless LAN or TV-tuner)
Power Supply: 90W (20V, 4.74A) AC Adapter
Relative Humidity: 95% RH—122 ̊F (50°C) non-condensing
Operating Temperature 32 ̊ - 122 ̊F (0° - 50°C)
Dimensions / Weight: 6.54” W x 6.18” L x 1.89” H
Weight: 2.68 lb
Mounting “L” brackets for horizontal mount

Any thoughts?


Openelec on Tangent Rugged Mini-GM - nickr - 06-11-2015

Looks like the graphics chipset might work http://kodi.wiki/view/Supported_hardware

How much are these things? I see them for around $125 on ebay (second hand I guess).

For not much more you can get a chromebox brand new. Ruggedised costs.


Openelec on Tangent Rugged Mini-GM - Toublack - 06-12-2015

Hi nickr,

Yeah, I compared the specs against the kodi.wiki/view/Supported_hardware list and paid special attention to see if the graphics checked out.

I found a couple of listings on eBay for about $90, free S&H. Second hand yes. I also checked Tangent's website but they have no price listed for their newer boxes but rather offer a contact them (to buy I guess) option.

I thought of a different avenue but the thing is that my buddy will only have a basic limited use for any box I get him: just to run Kodi and nothing else.