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    Mini windows 10 pc - any recommendations

    I'm considering a windows 10 mini Pc to run headless 24/7.

    Don't need anything super powerful.

    Any candidates?
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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    I'm considering a windows 10 mini Pc to run headless 24/7.

    Don't need anything super powerful.

    Any candidates?
    Why Windows 10? Why not a Linux based machine - generally far more reliable for LMS only - it could be a Pi with pCP
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    Why Windows 10? Why not a Linux based machine - generally far more reliable for LMS only - it could be a Pi with pCP
    This is connected to my ongoing search to find a way to play Audible to squeezeboxes...

    This works pretty well:

    Win 10
    AUDIBLE
    TuneBlade (airplay bridge) for Shairtunes lms plugin
    Anydesk remote

    This gives a nice usable interface on an android tablet.

    I've got it all working on a win10 laptop but thought a dedicated always on mini Pc would be a nice alternative.

    There are a couple of win 10 tablets which could eliminate Anydesk use, but battery life seems notoriously short. And there's reliability issues with all these noname devices.
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    I bought a Beelink and it is surprisingly good. They do a range of versions depending on how high a spec you want e.g.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09HYKPB...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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    I'm a fan of enterprise thin clients, some of which will run Win10, like the Wyse 5070 (look for one with the J5005 CPU) or maybe the HP T520/530. The 5070 you can put a bigger SSD in if needed, but only one. How much expansion do you need? How many internal drives?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sodface View Post
    I'm a fan of enterprise thin clients, some of which will run Win10, like the Wyse 5070 (look for one with the J5005 CPU) or maybe the HP T520. The 5070 you can put a bigger SSD in if needed, but only one. How much expansion do you need? How many internal drives?
    Nothing fancy - storage is not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    Any candidates?
    Depending on the size of your library, I'd recommend at least an i3 otherwise library rebuilds will take forever. Note that Win 10 Home does not have remote desktop server so you'd need to use a third-party solution like VNC. Win 10 Pro is good to go out of the box.

    In addition to Beelink mentioned above, Amazon has several reconditioned and inexpensive HP ProDesk/EliteDesk units. If you want to keep noise out of the picture, go for something fanless. Note that you may need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse for initial setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodface View Post
    I'm a fan of enterprise thin clients, some of which will run Win10, like the Wyse 5070 (look for one with the J5005 CPU) or maybe the HP T520/530. The 5070 you can put a bigger SSD in if needed, but only one. How much expansion do you need? How many internal drives?
    I also use a J5005 on an ASRock https://www.asrock.com/MB/Intel/J5005-ITX/index.asp since it was released. The HD performance and USB3 i good enough to handle everything LMS related well and runs Win 11 without limitations.
    The follow up J5040 should even be a bit faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    I'm considering a windows 10 mini Pc to run headless 24/7.

    Don't need anything super powerful.

    Any candidates?
    I have x2 of these running LMS on Win10 at two locations: https://www.gigabyte.com/Mini-PcBare...2807-rev-10#ov

    Not compatible with Win11 though.
    Location 1: LMS 8.3 on Win 10 Brix Server, x3 SB Radios, x1 Touch, x1 Controller : Location 2: LMS 8.3 on Win 10 Brix Server, x2 SB Radios, x1 Duet Receiver, x1 Controller : Alexa Mediaserver Smart Skill, Material Android, SqueezeliteX control

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    Quote Originally Posted by staresy View Post
    I have x2 of these running LMS on Win10 at two locations: https://www.gigabyte.com/Mini-PcBare...2807-rev-10#ov

    Not compatible with Win11 though.
    These Gigabyte Barebones look nice. Shooting a 4TB SDD on Black Friday may make it complete.
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