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pivos AIOS HD Media Center Review

When you first snatch the AIOS HD from its box, you get the feeling that someone in the design team cared.  The AIOS HD is not made from cheap plastic nor does it look like it is part of the Delorean from Back to the Future (1985).  Instead the AIOS HD is mostly constructed of thick brushed aluminum and sports a glossy plastic front bezel revealing the product name and an LCD indicator.  The Power LED glows blue while the LED informs us in terminal yellow.  The entire device measures just 172mm deep x 190mm wide x 65mm tall allowing it to fit nearly anywhere. 

The right side of the AIOS HD is home to a USB 2.0 port (1 of 3 total) and an internal 3.5 inch SATA HDD bay (SATA I/II).  The caddy is nicely designed to allow quick installation or removal of an HDD and features a squeeze to remove locking mechanism.  The HDD installs snugly and for HDD release, a spring is incorporated within to aid in removal.  The other side is home to the Card reader (MMC, SDHC, MS Pro).

Around back is a zoo of connectivity options that include:

  • 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 Data Port
  • 1 x HDMI 1.3 out
  • 1 x Components Video Out
  • 1 x Composite A/V Out
  • 1 x S/PDIF Digital Audio Out
  • 1 x Coaxial Digital Audio Out
  • 1 x 100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x DC-IN 12V Power
  • I/O switch

Internally, the brains behind the outfit is the 500MHz MIPS Processor, the Realtek RTD1185DD. 

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I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.