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DannyKudos
2008-09-21, 12:43
Hi folks,
I've been thinking bout picking up a "Squeeze Controller" for my squeezebox, HOWEVER, I am wondering if I would be better spending some extra money and picking up a netbook to do the same job ?

Does the controller collect the data from the server the same way the netbook (or any laptop) would, or does it cache data ? If there is no navigation speed advantage, I might just get an MSI wind (or something similar).

Thoughts ?

Cheers,
Danny

aubuti
2008-09-21, 18:51
The netbook will be the more versatile device, but the SBC will be better for controlling your SB(s). The purpose-designed SqueezeOS interface on the Controller is just a lot faster than the web interface, even on a fairly powerful notebook.

maggior
2008-09-21, 19:58
To me, the big things you would lose with the netbook are 1) simple easy docking charger, 2)single handed control, and 3)instant on.

With the controller, you can set it to turn the screen off when it is inactive. I have mine set up this way. So, when I pull it from it's dock, it comes on instantly and with a few scrolls and clicks, I have music playing in seconds. I don't think a netbook will give you that experience. Because of this simplicity of use, my wife uses it a lot too.

When I'm using my laptop, I'm generally listening to music (like right now). Under these conditions, I use my notebook to control my music.

However, using the web interface vs. the controller interface, I don't feel restricted with either. I actually like the web interface.

DannyKudos
2008-09-22, 01:15
Thanks for the replies. I often use my current laptop to control squeezebox with slimserver running on a separate machine, so I know how this will feel with a netbook. One thing that might be a clincher for me would be if artwork loads quicker on the controller than it does on the web interface. Does the controller cache artwork, or does it need to fetch as you are navigating ?

amcluesent
2008-09-22, 03:38
So I have an Asus 901 (using Google Chrome, as the NSA knows) and an SBC. The SBC is more usable as a day-to-day remote control. Don't overlook that native controller apps. for the Touch/iPhone which are now in beta-testing.

maggior
2008-09-22, 05:51
Thanks for the replies. I often use my current laptop to control squeezebox with slimserver running on a separate machine, so I know how this will feel with a netbook. One thing that might be a clincher for me would be if artwork loads quicker on the controller than it does on the web interface. Does the controller cache artwork, or does it need to fetch as you are navigating ?

The controller does do some caching, though I'm not sure if artwork is part of that.

I have not noticed any lag in artwork display on either the controller or web interface.

aubuti
2008-09-22, 06:04
Thanks for the replies. I often use my current laptop to control squeezebox with slimserver running on a separate machine, so I know how this will feel with a netbook. One thing that might be a clincher for me would be if artwork loads quicker on the controller than it does on the web interface. Does the controller cache artwork, or does it need to fetch as you are navigating ?
Yes, the SBC does cache artwork.