HDTV

Dune HD - Base3D and TV-303D High Definition Media Streamers

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The Design of the Dune HD - Base3D and TV-303D

The Base3D and TV-303D are very similar. Both use the Sigma designs 8672/3 platform, have 256MB flash and 512MB RAM. The major differences are in the housing and connectivity - the Base3D has a large wide housing with a blue-greenish front display, it looks like a Blu-ray player, and houses a single 3.5" swappable hard drive. The unit has both a passive heatsink as part of its design as well as a quiet fan that kicks in when the unit heats up too much.

The HDD is easy to take out and replace and acts almost like a huge movie cartridge. If you need to use this in a single location, the Base3D can store around 3TB of data on board, and is fully accessible from the network (so you don't actually have to take out the drive to place content in it).

The TV-303D is shaped like a rounded rectangle and is considerably smaller (it is about twice as big as the AppleTV). It has passive cooling, no front display and houses a single 2.5" swappable Hard-Drive - essentially a laptop Hard-Drive.

The TV-303D is extremely portable, so Dune added a USB 3.0 hosting solution, so you can take the unit and use it as a USB 3.0 portable drive. Speeds of downloading large files reached around 120MBps, around 3 times the speed I got from the same device and computer over a USB 2.0 connection. The USB solution is not available on the Base3D, which is larger and so impractical to move over to your computer.