byDarren Murph||July 24th 2008 at 6:32amJuly 24th 2008 6:32 am
There are media servers, and then there is Hantech's Markus 800. Easily one of the most beastly and port-filled units we've seen, this high-end media center supports true 1080p output via HDMI and includes a pair of USB 2.0 ports to host lots of local storage. Recently, the unit was taken for two spins over at CD Freaks, and while each reviewer had their own way of saying it, the unit was deemed pretty solid overall. Design and 720p playback were both praised, while the remote was called a "rush job" and 1080p playback seemingly struggled. At €279 ($440), it's hard to recommend for Americans who can easily find similar alternatives for hundreds less, but those in Europe may want to take a closer look.