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Old October 11, 2012, 08:44 AM
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Default Ripping DVDs and Set top Box

Co-worker in the office asked a little advice of me, but since I'm not a settop box nor a DVD guy, I don't know all the answers:

Two part Question:

1) What is a good set-top box to recommend? She'd like to physically plug in an external harddrive. Network capability (wireless) would be an asset.

2) What is the easiest way for her (not computer saavy) to rip DVDs and store them on her external harddrive? Some DVDs (like movies) would just need the movie itself ripped. Other DVDs (like an interactive YOGA DVD) would need all the menus and 'extras' of the DVD to remain intact.

Cost is a factor. She's willing to spend a little money, but doesn't want to spend an obscene amount.

What about the ASUS OPLAY? I'm not sure if it will recognize full DVD formats...

Edit #2: She added she may want to surf the web and stream sports channels...what about the Zotac Zbox? It's a little more expensive, but it's got full HTPC capability..

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;

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