I have also advised two systems, which I setup, to use Openelec. Zotac ZBOX which has a great price on it, I can only assume due to the fact that they are coming out with a new version...which openelc is already optimized for!
Some of the main benefits about openelec.
- Great scene, so stable updates.
- Automatic updates through system configuration
- libCEC support on Raspberry Pi (for TV remote support for application control)
Some other options: