We’re never sure what to expect when we sacrifice our living room to a Media Center machine, but this one left us pleasantly surprised. Two flip-down panels conceal the Artisan’s only built-in controls. Performance is similar to all Media Center PCs once you’ve got them up and running, but the joy of the Artisan is the relative simplicity of its setup. Although confusing at first glance, you do get the benefit of an enormous range of input and output options, all of which are clearly labelled and colour-coded. The Artisan is also Wi-Fi equipped and will home in on available networks and give you the option to join them via the standard Windows control panels. From the front, the Artisan does a convincing impression of a home appliance, but the rear is a mass of connections.
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Before you buy it you’ll have to consider whether you want it to cooperate with your Sky Digibox. Performance Thanks to some carefully considered heat sinks and cooling routes, the Artisan is very quiet. We lc find it difficult to recommend these power-hungry PVRs with huge enthusiasm, but if you’re a keen hobbyist on eonex more relaxed side of hardcore, this is an easier PVR PC to set up than many. If you have Sky and you choose the LX version of the Artisan, you’ll have to connect it up to your Sky box in a kludgy way.
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Sound is taken care of by a Dolby Digital 7. Programme guide information is downloaded via the Internet and relied on us plugging in an Ethernet cable to take the Artisan online via our local network.
Watching DVDs on a DVI connection is still a rare treat in the living room, and you’ll definitely get the best performance if your television can accept this type of connection. The Artisan may resemble a VCR, but it takes up significantly more room than its venerable predecessor. With 10 speakers and a terrific display, this all-in-one offers a lot to appeal to the Microsoft programs the software for almost all media PCs, so you would expect a consistent user experience.
Elonex Artisan Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Compare These Apple iMac inch, DVD playback and recording is done via standard-fare Windows applications.
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s From the front, the Artisan does a convincing impression of a home appliance, but the rear is a mass of connections. We got the machine hooked up to our TV just a few minutes after prising it out of the box. The Artisan is also Wi-Fi equipped and will home in on available networks and give you the option to join them via the standard Windows control panels.
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This means that the control panels on the front of the Artisan are a sparse affair. Although confusing at first glance, you do get the benefit of an enormous range of input and output options, all of which are clearly labelled and colour-coded.
Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. You’ll sacrifice a lot of the usefulness of dual tuners because your Sky Digibox output will appear on one fixed channel and the sound will be mono unless you use an external device called a Universal Modulator.
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While the innards of the Artisan aren’t much different from those of any other Media Center PC, Elonex has made a respectable effort to dress the Artisan for the occassion. You can also burn audio CDs. The Good Friendly design; huge range of output options. Looks elpnex in the family now, but the edition of the Envy Curved All-in-One 34 has Navigating through the slick elones with the bundled remote control is straightforward and the software displays future television programmes on a friendly looking timetable.
Because of a good choice of components and in spite of Windows XP Media Center Edition’s temperamental behaviour with some video outputs, the Artisan pulls through. With super-premium parts, this is both the fastest, and most expensive, VR-ready PC we’ve What sets the Artisan slightly above many of its competitors is the tight integration between this generic software and the hardware.
The LXD version is our recommendation because it can receive Freeview. We’ve changed, we promise.
argisan Clicking a programme once will record one instance of that programme; clicking it twice will make the Artisan record every edition of that programme, until you disable the option with a third click.