Russound Smart Media Console SMC-45 Media Center PC Reviewed

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russound_media_center_pc.jpgHigh Points
•  The Russound SMC-45 has a thorough back panel and excellent build quality.
•  It sports a large 1TB hard drive.
•  With the inclusion of dual CableCARDtuners, the SMC-45 lets digital cable subscribers record two premium HD channels simultaneously or watch one show and record another. 
• This product will be set up and configured by a trained installer and is Life/ware-ready, so it should be more stable to run automation systems. 

Low Points
• The SMC-45 doesn't support Blu-ray playback and the HDMI output is video-only. 
• The unit lacks built-in Wi-Fi.
• This unit is meant for digital cable users; it does not have internal NTSC/ATSC tuners, nor is it compatible with satellite TV systems.

Conclusion
The SMC-45 has a good list of connections and features and a large hard drive, but it is missing a couple of items (Blu-ray playback, Wi-Fi) that you can find in a less-expensive media center PC.  This product is ideally suited for someone who plans to exploit the SMC-45's home automation potential and requires a more stable PC with advanced control options.

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HTR Product Rating for Russound Smart Media Console SMC-45 Media Center PC

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

3

Overall

3.5

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