I think it’s about time for me to blog about Niveus Media and what they bring to the table for Windows XP Media Center. Niveus Media has been around for a few years, I first heard of them over at The Green Button and since then they have been putting out some great products featuring Windows XP Media Center Edition. The reason I have really said much about Niveus is because there machines are a bit out of my current price range. There is no doubt that the fact that Niveus is shooting for the high end market and the looks and price of there machines prove this. However, just because I can’t afford one doesn’t mean that anyone looking to build or buy a Media Center machine should not take a look at them, hints this post. Niveus Media is currently shipping two different editions of there Media Center machines. They have the Rainier Edition and the Denali Edition.
The Rainier Edition has a silent, fanless construction and a nice black, small form factor that would look perfect in a AV cabinet or stack. Starting at $3000 you get a HT P4 @ 2.8Ghz, 512MB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVD Recorder, Dual TV Tuner, and an ATI 9600XT. Now, you can get an HP machine for much less then that with specs that are a bit better, however even HP’s Z500 series Media Center machines don’t look or sound like what Niveus ships out.
The Denali Edition is the top-of-the-line, best as they come Media Center PC that features the ability to tune and record HDTV through MCE 2005. Not only is this the most top-of-the-line that Niveus Media produces, but it’s the most top-of-the-line from any OEM that I have ever seen! You get the same a silent, fanless construction that the Rainier Edition offers, but forget about small form factor. This thing is a beast! With a shipping wait of 60lbs this thing is still ready to go into your AV cabinet. Starting at $4000 you can get a HT P4 @ 3.2Ghz, 1GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Slot Load Dual Layer DVD Recorder, Dual TV Tuner, Single HDTV, NVIDIA GF6600GT PCI Express, with 24-bit/192Khz High Definition 8-Channel Audio. Again, with all of that this thing is still slient, there are no fans in this system.
Both the Rainier Edition and the Denali Edition included Niveus Pocket Remote. This was just released a few days ago and allows you to control your Media Center PC with your PocketPC. They also include that standard Media Center Learning Remote Control if you don’t have a PocketPC or don’t want to use your PocketPC to control it.
If you are looking to build or a buy a high-end Media Center PC then I would suggest checking out what Niveus Media offers. The company has won a number of awards and there systems just keep getting better.