Amazon is starting to remind me of a flee market. That being said, I only plan on buying my immediate family and a few friends gifts this year. I don't plan on buying myself anything.
Pretty much why I gave up on any sort of Amazon sale, whether it's Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Prime Day, all of them are fucking horrible. A bajillion items that are "on sale" and the site's interface is not always the best at excluding or narrowing down to a very specific category, so yeah... nope.Went thru about 5 pages, didn't find anything notable. Anyone find anything good?
They probably want you "lost" like a casino - and I'm willing to bet Bezos is smart enough to have done the research to know that they'll make more off of people stumbling across impulse buys than they are losing from people who avoid their site because it's hard to find exactly what you want.Agree with sfsuphysics
Amazon has the worst interface, not worth my time trying to navigate through it..... and
it's been like that for years ........
You'd think with all the money amazon has they'd be able to hire some good programers
to re-do their webpage search and sorting engines....
It also really depends. I've seen m.2 slots that are nvme only, mix, or sata-only. If you've got one slot left & it's nvme....you kinda need nvme if you are going to use itYeah if you have a use for it, most general users (including me for most of my use cases) won't notice the difference, other than one is already full
Sweet, I'm curious how well it handles Kodi.
Okay, you sold me dude. Thanks! Will report back after the holiday on how it runs as a Kodi player, using my home media server.Its codec support is ridiculous for a stick. I don't even need 4K right now but the speed and compatibility should be amazing and pretty future proof with the 10bit HEVC/HDR/Dolby Vision support. They supposedly even fixed the WiFi in the damn things.
I don't use Plex. I play files direct from NAS in VLC.
Plex on the Roku and Android is awesome. I stream my 400 DVD movie collection through it. The only annoying thing about it is they are pushing more and more to upgrade to a subscription service after you pay $40 for the license. I didn't agree to that and there's no way to turn that off.
The point I'm trying to make is the new sticks support enough formats now that you don't need Plex at all. VLC can see a NAS or shared folder and play the files directly. Cut out the middleman. Even my 1st-gen Fire Stick still works with VLC, but tops out at H.264.
Well that's great, but if you don't have a media box connected to your TV that supports VLC, then you are screwed. Don't get me wrong. VLC is nice. But I see lockups and a non user friendly interface for the big screen.
Plex has more support than VLC across platforms, and the interface is much cleaner. You can even install plex servers on NAS boxes
Forgive me, but what are you storing 400 DVDs on then? VLC sees Windows shared folders and Samba shared folders from my WD My Cloud. What else does that leave out? Playing files direct is subscription free.
You don't need to run a PC as a server. A number of NAS os boxes, and even NAS4Free, Xigma/FreeNAS with jailbreak are great alternatives as they are always on and extremely low power. I don't run a server on my PC because it uses way too much energy.
But it's the end user experience that really counts. Seeing a movie cover poster and using 4 arrows keys + [ok] is what sells PLEX. It just works without having to navigate menus or read file names. For a media experience, this is crucial.
VLC is great when you run transcodes or need a rare format supported. But it's very rare the plugins for video "enhancements" are needed. In fact those enhancements often crash the player.
I'll apologize in advance for not knowing what any of these things are that you all speak of. Plex, VLC , NAS, etc. But I do use Kodi quite often and it is very sluggish at times.Definitely use Kodi. Enjoy!