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alaScore 87

11 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size. Many are critical about the value for money.



We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ASRock COREHT-252B/B is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 2 user reviews of ASRock COREHT-252B/B from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktop Computers on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: ASRock CoreHT 252B-4G50/B Mini PC (Intel Core i5 2520M Processor, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, HDMI, Blu-Ray Combo, THX TruStudio PRO) - Black

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ASRock CoreHT 252B Review


Approximately a year back, we reviewed the ASRock Core 100 HTPC which was a pioneer of sorts in the small form factor (SFF) HTPC space. Till that point, the pre-built SFF market was restricted to the anaemic Atom / ION based nettops. Core 100 was...

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ASRock CoreHT 252B Sandy Bridge HTPC Review


ASRock is out with yet another home theatre PC and this time it is powered by a...

And finally, we need to discuss price - as it is clear that we are very impressed with the ASRock CoreHT 252B, but at what price does this goodness come? That is a good question really; it seems the 252B is hard to come by. After some Google searches,...



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ASRock CoreHT-252B HTPC Review


Petite and stylish are two things that pre-built system manufacturers are attempting to capture with system builds today. Not only are more people interested in computers every day, but many of the people interested in computers don't need them for...

Very compact ; Excellent included hardware and features ; Top-notch performance ; Very upgradable

OS not included ; Excessive heat ; Possibly rather pricey

Should you buy it? The answer depends on what your needs are. If you need something to act simply as a playback station, I might suggest looking elsewhere. An Atom or even a lower-end Intel Core series HTPC, of which ASRock offers several, would suit...

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ASRock CoreHT 252B-4G50/B


Is ASRock's all-in-one Home Theatre PC (HTPC), the CoreHT 252B-4G50/B, the perfect living room companion to sit by your TV?

Small ; Silent ; Blu-ray player built-in ; Good expandability options ; Intel Core i5 processor

Pricey ; Heats up easily ; Missing Blu-ray playback software ; No IR receiver ; Windows not included in price

The CoreHT appeals to almost every one of our senses because it's a good-looking, do-everything box, so having one in our lounge would be awesome.

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ASRock CoreHT 252B review


A compact HTPC with built-in Blu-ray, but does it justify the price?

Small ; Silent ; Blu-ray player built-in ; Good expandability options ; Intel Core i5 processor

Pricey ; Heats up easily ; Missing Blu-ray playback software ; No IR receiver ; Windows not included in price

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Slick HTPC/Server


My main concern is long-term reliability. I'm using this PC as an occasional HTPC and primarily as a server, meaning it stays on 24/7. Laptops generally aren't designed for that, so I'm hoping the hardware will hold up. My 252B idles a little higher...

I have only owned this PC for about a week, but it has met all of my expectations so far. I upgraded the RAM to 8GB and installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit without any issues. It boots fast and runs great. It's fairly quiet too -- almost inaudible when...

I can't think of any real cons, but here are some things that would have been nice ; I ordered mine with an 8GB RAM kit; it would've been nice if there was a model that shipped without RAM and perhaps a hard drive so users could choose their own ;...

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: Yes
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:NO OS
Product Type:Micro PC
Type:Micro PC


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD Graphics 3000
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM65
Hyper Threading: Yes
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2520M