ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC Review

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ASRocks’ Vision 3D SFF / HTPC machines are available in either black or silver finishes. But all of the Vision 3D-branded systems use the enclosure and have the same complement of ports and connectors. ASRock does, however, also offer the Vision HT and Core HT series mini-PCs, which have different configurations and enclosures.



ASRock Vision 3D 252B: Front and Back

The machine you see here is a black (obviously) ASRock Vision 3D 252B. As you can see, the machine has an understated appearance and ASRock makes no effort to stealth or otherwise hide any connectors. The fact that all of the system’s various connectors are in plain sight at all times may turn off some potential users, but we think the system looks great. The front is home to nothing but a slot for the optical drive and a single row of ports in a clean, uncluttered arrangement.

There’s lots of stuff going on around the back of the machine, but it many situations there will only be three cables connected, power, network, and HDMI, and perhaps a transceiver or two for input devices and a game controller.

The ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC offers a host of connectivity options on its front and rear. The front of the machine houses headphone and microphone jacks, two USB 3.0 ports, an optical drive, flash card reader, a drive activity indicator and a lighted (blue) power button. On the back of the machine, users will find an HDMI output, a DVI output, an eSATA port, six more USB ports (4 x 2.0, 2 x 3.0), various audio inputs and outputs, an RJ45 LAN jack, a Kensington lock port, and a power port. About the only thing “missing” here is a Firewire port, but with USB 3.0 and eSATA available, that’s not much of a concern in our opinion.

Tags:  Nvidia, Intel, Blu-ray, HTPC, 3D, ASRock

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camberry 2 years ago

This would make a great client for use with Plex!

rapid1 2 years ago

True that camberry I have been thinking about building one myself as well but have not taken that dive as of yet this may actually be relative as well for the duty.

LBowen 2 years ago

ASRock already had me as a believer; I have one of their X79 boards and it performs very well. This article just makes me want a small form factor so much more for portable LAN gaming, HD movies on the go, etc.

insidesin 2 years ago

So essentially this is a Mac Mini for Windows?

Marco C 2 years ago

I guess you could say that if a Mac Mini was easily user-serviceable, had a Blue-Ray drive, media center remote, discrete GPU with 3D TV capabilities, 8GB of RAM, a big, 7200RPM HD, USB 3.0 and a multi-format card reader.

realneil 2 years ago

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I guess you could say that if a Mac Mini was easily user-serviceable, had a Blue-Ray drive, media center remote, discrete GPU with 3D TV capabilities, 8GB of RAM, a big, 7200RPM HD, USB 3.0 and a multi-format card reader.

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LOL!

jturnbull65 2 years ago

While it's true that the product's pricetag isn't unreasonable considering the cost to build something similar, I think that a large part of the customer segment that would be interested in an HTPC solution is equally interested in building it homegrown.

Nevertheless, I welcome HTPC efforts like these as each one continues to push us further towards the promise of a digital living room.

KAdair 2 years ago

I do alot of streaming so Ill pass on htpc's. Tv's now-a-days come with usb video support and dont forget about smart tv's with built in netflix youtube and facbeook. Obviously a smart tv has no comparison to a htpc but for most users I'm sure they will resort to a desktop or laptop PC.

JOMA 2 years ago

That thing is brilliant, would make an awesome HTPC. Seems like a great option for people who don't want to mess with creating their own.

realneil 2 years ago

It is a very impressive little box. They're giving Zotac a real run for the money.

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