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Okoro OMS-CX100 Home Theater PC Print E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2008
ImageThe Basics:
Okoro Media Systems has six different Media Center PC lines, with varying degrees of functionality and connectivity. The OMS-CX100 is one of the lower-priced models, hailing from the CableCARD Series, but it still has a lot of features and is highly configurable. The specs listed above reflect the base configuration, but you can upgrade the video card to a higher-level Nvidia model and up the hard drive size to 1TB. The system comes with a DVD/CD burner and a single ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner, which includes one CableCARD, Clear-QAM, an NTSC and ATSC tuner. (You can upgrade to two ATI tuners for $250.) Okoro even allows you to replace the Windows Vista Ultimate OS with SageTV Media Center V6, SnapStream Media Center Suite, or no software at all.

The OMS-CX100 has a solid connection panel, with DVI in lieu of HDMI for high-definition output. It has both optical digital and 5.1-channel analog audio outputs, as well as six USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire port, a microphone input and IR blasters to control an external set-top box. Connect to your home network via built-in Ethernet, or add the optional 802.11n adapter for $95.

The OMS-CX100’s standard chassis is available in black or silver, with a Vacuum Fluorescent Display that shows current time, weather, music tracks and more. For $550, you can upgrade the chassis to include a seven-inch color LCD touch-screen. A remote control and wireless mini keyboard with a built-in mouse pointer are included.
The Upside:
This unit offers Vista Ultimate, a solid connection panel and CableCARD support for a reasonable price. The ATI tuner is suitable for cable and non-cable users.

The Downside:
The OMS-CX100 does not include a Blu-ray drive, although you can get this in higher-end Okoro lines. The standard configuration has a slightly small hard drive, lacks Wi-Fi and includes just one ATI tuner, which does not allow you to record multiple shows simultaneously or watch one show while recording another.

Conclusion:
The OMS-CX100 offers a nice assortment of features for a good price, and Okoro’s flexible nature allows you to configure this Media Center PC to suit your exact needs.



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