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#1 Crazysah

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:10

Hello,

As the title says, what's the best device I can use to watch my .mkv files and .avi files on my monitor. It is just a monitor with out the computer. I only have a tablet and not a laptop.

I was thinking of the Roku 3 with its USB port. Are there any other devices out there?

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#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:18

There are many tablets that can do that, but most need some sort of adapter, my note 10.1 needs something like that, but I don't watch movies on it, so for me it didn't matter, a lot of phones already do that, but again, need adapters (unless they have micro hdmi ports ala Nokia n8, for example) , the easiest way would be with a laptop, unless the monitor has a hdmi port and built in speakers, that then opens the field to devices such as the raspberry pi, etc...



#3 OP Crazysah

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:48

The laptop has an HDMI port and a headphone jack. I was thinking along the lines of Roku, WD Live TV and all...

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:59

Something like a raspberry pi running xbmc? Although it might be a little weak for larger HD formats, I've not really used mine enough to say.



#5 V9s

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 07:51

The laptop has an HDMI port and a headphone jack. I was thinking along the lines of Roku, WD Live TV and all...

 

WDTV Live will do the job.



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:26

i have a nexus  10 works for me



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:37

Hello,

So you need something like Chromecast basically?

Is it a monitor or a TV?

#8 Richard C.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:25

my pc is near my TV, so I have a HDMI cable running between the PC and the TV, using the tv as an occasional third screen dedicated to full screen video. I can also send sound down the HDMI cable so its pretty neat (Y)



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 22:39

Hello,

 

BTW, I posted here thinking this was the hardware section...



#10 The_Observer

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 23:24

What about Rasiberry Pi?? you can even get a nice case that mounts on vesa ports.



#11 Richard C.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 01:07

Hello,

 

BTW, I posted here thinking this was the hardware section...

 

We can move it to the Hardware section if you like but it's fine here too.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 01:16

This thing plays files off a hard drive just fine plus it recognizes ntfs!

 

Sony dbp-s3100 .. PLUS the price just dropped $10 down to $79 at Wal-Mart. It also has Amazon instant Video built in

 

http://www.neowin.ne...-video-formats/

 

This gives you an

 

Blu-ray Player

Media format swiss army knife

Amazon Instant video (Bunch of others too)

Device able to play files off USB (Not Network)