What's the best sub-USD$150 HW option for Kodi at the moment? My bro needs something to replace his aging WMC box. I love my N2820 NUC and the new N3050 replacement is even cheaper than mine was, but with SODIMM and SD card it will still be a little over that mark over here (~USD$180). More if he went for an SSD install.
FireTV is not available over here and shipping from the US will kill it anyway.
Are any of these android media players going to cut it vs a NUC these days? Matricom, Minix Neo, Nexus Player, Wetek, etc. Ebay via China/UK is an option for a few of those.
Use case is Kodi (or Plex) based HTPC only. Content coming from a NAS via wifi. Access to Netflix would be nice, but not essential as a cheap Chromecast in the mix could meet that demand. I realise there is also a Netflix plugin for Kodi, but apparently it is a bit flaky at the moment. No 4k content, but ability to play DVD would be great. Like, not ripped DVD, actual physical DVD (score 1 for NUC with external DVD player), I think)
He is also considering a RPi2, available for around $100 with case, power supply, SD card and remote, but I am not convinced it is grunty enough for a primary media hub. I use one in my car and it is friggin' awesome for that, but is hardly pushed in played content, library size, networking, skins, additonal apps, etc.
I want to recommend the NUC, as mine has proven damn bullet-proof as a dedicated Kodi box, but want to make sure I am not missing something else that has come along. The ability to plug in a USB DVD player may also swing it that way as well.