Niveus Media Rainier Edition 500HD Media Center PC Reviewed

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High Points
• The Niveus Media Rainier Edition 500HD has excellent connectivity and build quality.

• The unit supports Blu-ray playback, with 1080p/60 or 1080p/24 output, and the image quality of Blu-ray movies is very good.
• The system's Glacier Passive Cooling technology helps it run much more quietly than many media center PCs.
• With the optional Digital Cable Receiver, you can record multiple HD channels simultaneously and record one show while you watch another.It's Life/ware-ready , which means it's confirmed to be a more stable entertainment and automation platform. 

Low Points
• The standard configuration includes no internal TV tuners, and the Digital Cable Receiver requires that you invest even more money.  Only cable subscribers will be able to access premium channels, as the unit is not compatible with satellite TV systems. 
• The internal player's handling of interlaced DVD and TV sources isn't as good as the better standalone products, so you may see some digital artifacts. 

Conclusion
Niveus Media's Rainier Edition 500HD is a well-built, well-equipped media center PC that allows you to easily integrate all of your digital media into one device and enjoy Blu-ray playback, to boot. Its $4,699 asking price is higher than that of consumer-direct media center PCs; however, because it is sold through custom channels, a trained installer will handle the set-up and configuration to ensure everything runs as it should.

Additional Resources
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HTR Product Rating for Niveus Media Rainier Edition 500HD Media Center PC

Criteria Rating

Performance

3.5

Value

3

Overall

3.5

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