Why Choose Assassin HTPC?
Assassin HTPC is the ONLY "Out of the Box Ready", Pre-configured HTPC systems available in the world!
(see configuration page
for full details!).
Recognized as industry leaders in software integration, hardware selection, and build quality. Whether you choose a pre-built or pre-configured HTPC systems designed specifically for everyday HTPC use (now featuring WMC and/or XBMC configuration options!) or if want a completely custom HTPC specific to your needs, our knowledge and expertise results in the most advanced HTPC’s systems available on the market today.
Each component we use in our builds is carefully selected through cost analysis, hours of research and development and vigorous quality testing leaving you with an aggressively priced pre-built HTPC capable of the highest quality audio and video available (1080p HD video and HD bitstreaming audio).
Professionally reviewed and acclaimed Assassin HTPC’s strict adherence to build quality and customer satisfaction has lead them to be recognized and touted as one of the fastest growing custom computer companies in the world.
See below at some highlights of why we have become recognized as the premier HTPC computer company in the world!
The Right System, The Right Setup!
Our #1 Priority is getting the right HTPC system and the right HTPC setup for you. With several software configuration options, and hundreds of hardware configuration options we have everything that you need down to enjoy your HTPC. Or select one of our existing configurations that are already designed with performance and cost in mind. Whether you want a single HTPC just to enjoy in your home theatre or a total house solution with multiple streaming locations (as seen below), assassin HTPC has the system and the setup for you. The possibilities are endless!
Assassin HTPC playing 5 different 1080p streams on 5 different devices from an Assassin Media Server.
Personalized Order Experience
Assassin HTPC is the only computer company that allows a completely unique and personalized online ordering experience. From the ability to choose such customizations as how your computer boots to hundreds of different possible configuration options and packages. Assassin HTPC is the only computer company building systems with the end user in mind allowing your Assassin HTPC to be as unique as you are.
Cutting-Edge Technology Comparison (SSD):
In an effort to always stay ahead of technology we always
evaluate the latest technology and decide whether or not we want to incorporate
it into our current systems. First it was DDR RAM, then Bluray players, and the
next evolution will be with Solid State Drives (SSD).
What is a Solid State Drive and how does it improve performance
and how are you able to offer pricing hundreds of dollars lower than anyone else
offering SSD systems in the market?
A SSD is a storage device with no moving parts, no heat
production and blazing fast transfer times. These devices are many times faster
than the typical hard drives found in the majority of computers today. These
represent the most cutting edge technology at this time and in a few years will
be standard on most machines. Our machines offer this amazing technology today.
To demonstrate the speed of an SSD, below is a side by
side video comparison of two machines built exactly the same (with the exception
of a SSD) being started at the same time and. As you can see the SSD Machine
is able to process actions much faster.
Perfectly Designed Systems
Our Pre-built HTPC systems are so well designed, and components so well researched and meticulously chosen specifically for HTPC use, that our most popular standard unit (the Elite), in an independent review by About.com, showed that while recording 4 HD units, and playing a fifth, computer usage was only around 10-12%. This from a HTPC that is less than $800!
"While recording four HD programs and watching a fifth (recorded), Windows Resource Monitor never went over 40% on the Core i3 processor. And that 37 or so percentage? That was a spike when first starting the recordings. Once started, the processor dropped back to around 10 to 12% and never jumped again."
Cable Alternative Comparison
Furthermore, we are so confident in our machines ability
to outperform anything else on the marketplace that we’ve accumulated a
table of the closest thing that the Assassin HTPC’s have to competitors
and compared our components with the competition so you can see for yourself
how our stacks up to the current products in the market!
Monthly Cost of Bills Comparison:
Without HTPC: Cable + DVR
+ Home Phone
With HTPC: Home Phone Only
Power Usage Comparison
today's increasing energy costs, power consumption is an
important factor to consider when choosing an HTPC. Assassin
pre-built HTPC's are some of the most energy efficient power computers
available in the market and designed to operate at the highest
performance level possible while still using barely any energy
at all. Below is a table comparing an Assassin HTPC's (with
an SSD included in the build) power usage to some common
Power Usage (watts)
HTPC (w/ SSD drive)
gathered from www.energysaver.gov
Assassin Computer Running normal processes (not idle):
Assassin HTPC's power usage while playing a Bluray DVD @ 1080p
Installed Software Comparison
Computers you buy at big box electronic stores come pre-loaded with
unnecessary software, trial programs, spyware, and files
that slow down your computer and are difficult (sometimes
impossible) to uninstall and can severely affect and slow
your computers performance.
HTPC's come configured with only the necessary software and
files needed to operate your system. We will NEVER put bloatware
or unnecessary programs on your system for our monetary benefit.
Below is a screenshot of how your computer desktop will look
on its first boot compared to one purchased at a "big
box" electronic store.
Assassin HTPC initial boot:
"Big Box" Electronic
Store PC Desktop initial boot (note: 24 total unwanted
have been approached by several software companies offering
to give us royalties for every unit we ship with their
software previously installed on it, however we have never
and will never ship any computer with a program on it that
we don't believe will benefit our customers or our system
and we will never accept outside compensation for anything
we put into our systems. Our systems are designed and built
with one thing in mind. You!
Dedicated Technology Research:
Not only do we have cutting edge technology backed with consumer grade components. But we are continually researching, testing, and studying performance, markets, and the quality of all the components both in our builds and not in our builds which no few other computer companies on the globe take the time to do. And if there is something that is a better selection for our customers, we have no problems switching over to the newer technology.
*An example of this is with SSD’s. Many SSD’s are seeing failure rates several months after they are installed. This is due to poor controllers in the SSD themselves. The SSD’s included in our systems have been tested to have the best controllers of any SSD’s available on the market and have much better success rates and longer life expectancies than other SSD’s available in the market. This is confirmed both by our own private studies and statistics and by third party outside testers as well. Just another example of how Assassin HTPC puts quality before anything else.