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.