Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier Reviewajmatson - November 12, 2008
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There is not much to testing the Antec Veris Premier as it is a tool for you to use but none the less there are some areas it can be graded on. First and most important is the functionality of the device. Does it do what it is designed to do and second how easy is it to learn and use for both the tech minded and the average Joe who wants it to make things simpler for him. I wanted to expand on these two areas a bit for the testing section.
- Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 Redline 8000 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card: PowerColor HD 4850
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB SATA
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
Overall this device performs very well and does make life easier. I noticed several times during gaming when I had to adjust the volume. Since my speakers do not have a volume control knob instead of having to put the game window down and adjust the sound in Windows I just turned down the volume knob on the Veris and I was all set. No more getting killed by being AFK for a few seconds. Also for watching movies and listening to music, which I do quite a bit on my computer, being able to push the quick button on the Veris or the remote and start up my program of choice for each one and start going. Since I have had the Veris I have been using it more for listening to my music then I have my home theater system. From a geek point of view the display does show system information but only what is pre-setup with the iMON software. You cannot change the way the system information is displayed or display your own custom information.
Ease of use:
The Antec Veris Premier is very easy to use and figure out once it is installed. Being tech savvy, the manual was not much of a help when installing the Veris so an average user might run into some trouble getting it installed and set up. Once it is up an running though the software takes over and away it goes. Very easy and simple to use. The remote control software is edgy though. There is a small circle on your desktop that shows when the remote control software is running. If this does not load on start up, which happened a few times, or is clicked off their remote is useless and the Veris might appear broken since it is non responsive. Putting the software in the task bar might have been a better choice.
On a scale of 0 to 100 percent here is how I broke down the Antec Veris Premier: