Is the Raspberry Pi the best XBMC device?
Or can you get better for less?
Ok, so I got to thinking today, about whether or not the Raspberry Pi really offers great value for money when it comes to using it as a media center.
Yes, the more expensive of the two models is only £29.46 here in the UK, but that doesn’t include anything.
Chuck in a case, a decent SD card, a power supply and all the accessories you’ll need and you’ll quickly top £50, easily.
I must admit that I’m writing this with a bit of bias, mainly because my Raspberry Pi has just died while playing back a movie using OpenELEC. But in doing so I began to wonder whether or not a Raspberry Pi was the best solution for me.
Storage isn’t a problem for me; all of my media is held on a server which serves devices in my house via DLNA, SMB and a few other acronyms. My Pi was being used purely as a client for streaming media across the network.
Lets assume that I want to continue to use XBMC for all of my media playing needs. What other options are available, and what are they likely to set me back?
What follows is basically my thought process for the last few hours, a methodical and analytic journey of discovery interrupted only when that pidgin flew into my window at about 4pm.