Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Jobsite Stereo Review: What’s in it?
The Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox is a powerful all-in-one home theater PC with built in BluRay player, DVD burner, USB 2.0 hub, Ethernet port and audio/video out (AV Out). It comes with a 4GB solid state drive which allows users to store large video files such as movies or TV shows. It supports up to 8 simultaneous connections via HDMI 1.4a, DVI, VGA or DisplayPort. It also features dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR technology for wireless networking capabilities. It also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone input.
The Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox is powered by a quad core Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.6GHz, 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics card with 1GB of VRAM, and a 500GB hard disk drive.
Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Key Features:
Quad-core Intel i7-4712HQ processor
16GB of DDR3L RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics with 1GB of dedicated VRAM
4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 eSATA, 4 HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and Audio Out ports.
Bosch PB10-CD PowerBox Review
The PB10-CD is an incredibly powerful PC built into a well designed case. The quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM offer excellent performance for everyday tasks, the hard drive has plenty of storage space and the dedicated NVIDIA graphics card provides excellent 3D acceleration. It can play games at 1080p with high settings and when paired with the HDMI 1.4a output, can power external 3D displays up to 3 meters away.
Thanks to the USB 3.0 ports, fast SATA connections and eSATA expansion the PB10-CD offers faster transfers for users with large monitors or HDDs. The included Blu-ray reader works with most films and you can even burn DVDs or CDs through it.
Like most media centers, the main use for this PC is playing videos, photos or games from its extensive storage. The PB10-CD comes with a quad-core processor, dedicated graphics card and 16GB of memory, this PC can easily play complicated games such as Far Cry 3 or Metro: Last Light without a hitch. It can also handle less demanding titles such as Team Fortress 2 or Super Meat Boy at much higher frame rates than a console. Thanks to the included Blu-ray drive, you can play your collection of Blu-rays, DVDs or CDs on your big screen TV in full 1080p.
The PB10-CD also features an HDMI 1.4 port and 7.1 surround sound output, allowing you to turn your PC into a fully fledged home cinema experience. The digital tuner allows you to watch live TV and the DivX codec allows you to play all your downloaded films without any stuttering or lag.
With the included remote control, you can turn your PC into an easy to use media device.
Bosch PB10-CD Powerbox Review by PC World
The PB10-CD is a powerful all-in-one home theater PC with built in Blu-ray drive, DVD burner, USB 2.0 hub, Ethernet port and audio/video out (AV Out). It’s the perfect PC for streaming TV or playing your favorite games in full 1080p with it’s dedicated GeForce graphics card.
At less than 4 inches high and less than a foot wide, the PB10-CD is small enough to fit in your living room behind your TV. Despite its small size, the PB10-CD is still a full PC capable of running any OS including Windows 8.1 (provided on USB drive) or Linux. With 4 USB 2.0 ports you can easily connect a keyboard, mouse or any other device.
The built in RJ-45 port allows you to directly connect to your router for an Ethernet connection and the built in Wifi module allows you to connect to your network wirelessly. A HDMI port and DVI port allow you to output video to your TV, while the 3.5mm audio jack and optical out allow you to feed sound to your stereo or surround sound system.
The PB10-CD is a fully functional Windows 8.1 PC, allowing you to browse the web, watch TV, use multimedia and play games. Our recommendation is to purchase or download a media player such as XBMC or Kodi, which allow you to play a wide array of video files including 1080p content with low system resource usage. It’s also perfect for the casual gamer, as it can easily handle games such as Sim City or the Sims, StarCraft or Diablo 3 with most graphics settings turned up.
With the included 16GB of RAM and powerful quad-core processor, even games like Battlefield 4 or Far Cry 4 are playable on mid-range settings.
The PB10-CD can connect to your TV or projector via it’s HDMI 1.4a port and it’s also able to decode most popular audio formats such as MP3, FLAC or OGG Vorbis. The PB10-CD features a single 3.5mm stereo output jack and a optical S/PDIF output for direct audio connections to your AV receiver or amplifier.
We’ve also included a USB drive with software that allows you to play and convert most popular video formats and subtitle files.
Bosch PB10-CD Ease of Use
The PB10-CD is designed to be used straight out of the box. The on/off and reset buttons are located on the front for easy access. The internal hard drive is partitioned and optimized for use with Windows 8.1, your operating system is also stored within a hidden section of the hard drive to protect your privacy.
We’ve included a USB drive with software that allows you to play and convert most popular video formats and subtitle files. We’ve also included a remote control for easy navigation, as well as media files with our custom skin to give it that authentic home theater feel.
Bosch PB10-CD Media Experience
The main selling point to the PB10-CD is it’s ability to run Kodi (previously known as XBMC), a free and open-source media player that is perfect for HTPC (Home Theater PC) use. Packed with features, there are add-ons that allow you to stream live TV, download and play online content, as well as take your gaming to the next level. The PB10-CD is also capable of running most OS such as Windows 8.1 which is provided on a USB drive.
A great feature about running an alternative Operating System is that you’re able to bypass any content restrictions imposed by the manufacturer.
Bosch PB10-CD Interface
Designed to be used with a TV, the PB10-CD has an easy to use and simple user interface which allows you to quickly browse and access your content. With the included remote, you can easily navigate the interface using the arrow keys and select button. The interface itself resembles that of most popular media players such as Microsoft’s Media Center. It consists of 5 sections: Program Guide, Movies, TV Shows, Music and Pictures.
The Program Guide, as the name suggests, includes a weekly program guide for your selected time zone. The interface is fairly simple and gives you the ability to filter what is shown using the right-hand side bar. For example, you can choose to display all programs, or just those that are movies. You can also display the program guide for either today or tomorrow.
The Movies section displays a list of all the movies that you have on your PC. It displays the movie poster, the release year and user rating, along with the ability to filter by these parameters as well as by actor and genre.
The TV Shows section works in a similar way, displaying a list of all your TV shows. It displays the show’s logo, the release year and a brief description. It also allows you to filter by these parameters as well as by actor.
The Music section displays a list of all your music albums, and the Pictures section displays a slideshow of all your images.
Finally, the Feedback section allows you to send feedback directly to the developer in order to provide suggestions on how to improve the overall experience and fix bugs if any are found.
What’s in the box:
Bosch PB10-CD Media Experience
Bosch Remote Control
Optical Audio Cable (Plugs into 3.5mm headphone jack)
User Manual on USB Drive (HTML file)
As you can see, the PB10-CD has everything you need in order to get started! Whether it’s an easy to use interface, or the more technical aspects of being able to run third-party applications and emulators, this Gaming HTPC has it all.
BTC Media Room:
The BTC Media Room, also known as the Living Room, is where you can watch TV, play games and enjoy other forms of media. It’s a place for entertainment, so sit back, relax and have fun!
The Living Room Gaming PC is our highest end gaming rig. It comes equipped with top of the line components such as an Intel i7-6700K desktop processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 graphics card. Not only are these components some of the best on the market, they’re also perfect for gaming thanks to the sheer amount of power they’re able to provide.
Not only is this PC great for gaming, it’s also perfect for overclocking. If you don’t know what overclocking is, it basically increases the performance of the PC component such as the CPU and GPU. You can easily overclock the PC by raising the Bclk frequency, the CPUs operating frequency. For more advanced overclocking, you can raise the voltage and change the PC components ratio.
There’s also a program called MSI Afterburner which you can use to monitor and control various hardware functions of this PC such as core clock and fan speed.
This PC is also great for multitasking as it allows you to run multiple programs at the same time. It features 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD. The RAM is used to store temporary data and is much faster than the traditional hard drive, so it’s able to run multiple programs without experiencing an excessive amount of lag. This PC also has a DVD-RW player which allows you to play and burn DVDs as well as CDs.
This PC is connected to a 27-inch monitor with HDMI and USB Connections. It has Blue-ray, DVD, VHS and Cassette Recorders which allow you to playback media from older formats. It also features a built in radio, CD player, tape deck and iPod dock. The built in surround sound speakers are perfect for room-filling sound and they also support Bluetooth Connectivity.
Custom Built Gaming PC
27-inch monitor with HDMI and USB Connections
Blue-ray, DVD, VHS and Cassette Recorders
Built in Radio, CD Player, Tape Deck and iPod Dock
Surround sound speakers with Bluetooth connectivity
1,000 Steam Games (selection may vary)
Controller: A custom Xbox One controller with your choice of color (Black, Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White or a custom color of your choosing) and custom engraving.
Headset: A custom headset with your choice of color (Black, Green, Blue, Red, Yellow, White or a custom color of your choosing) and custom engraving.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K Quad Core 4.0GHz
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 980 TI DirectX 12 VRAM 12GB
RAM: 8GB DDR4 2133MHz
HDD: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
Ports: 3 USB 3.0 Ports, 1 USB 2.0 Port, 1 Ethernet Port, 1 HDMI Port, 1 Aux Port, 1 PS/2 Port, 5.1 Channel Audio Jacks
Media readers: DVD-ROM Drive, CD Drive, USB 2.0 Port
External dimensions: 16.93″ x 6.57″ x 15.24″
Internal dimensions: 8.27″ (H) x 6.57″ (W) x 10.92″ (D)
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