aOpen MiniPC with Santa Rosa chipset

Aopen's MiniPC Duo

MiniPC from aOpen looks very good to be used as a client for home entertainment system. It’s small, power and stylish. Personally, I like it a bit less than Mac Mini but for my purposes aOpen MiniPC is ideal except one thing – it’s graphic card. The point is that I’d like to use it as media director (media client) of Plutohome home automation system. But since Pluthome is based on Linux it doesn’t provide drivers for the latest graphic chipsets. As result, MP945-VDR doesn’t display UI2 Alpha Blended and doesn’t play HD video.

Anyway, the new model MP965-D is based on the Intel Santa Rosa chipset and sports Core 2 Duo with 800MHz FSB, SATA HDD, S-VIDEO, DVI and PCI slot Express. As I see aOpen MiniPC has two USB ports on the front. It makes it ugly IMHO. The previous version with power button only looked much more stylish.

aOpen miniPC MP945-VDR is ready for HD!

miniPC MP945-VDR

AOpen miniPC is perfect to be used as media PC for home entertainment. It’s stylish, quiet and power enough to replace satellite receiver and DVD player in your living room.
We tested aOpen MP915-X as Plutohome media director. It’s based on Intel Pentium M processor and it’s good for ordinary TV. When we tried to play HD TV it produced some delays and the video decoding took 100% of processor.
Recently aOpen announced MP945-VDR – HD and Vista ready miniPC. It features Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel 945GM OnDie video adapter, Built-in IR receiver, DVI / YPbPr / S-Video / HDMI interface, 5.1 Channel. Additionally it can include TV Tuner, Wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth Module.
MP945-VDR seems cool and we’re going to test it with HD TV and Plutohome. I’m not sure about positive result but we should try.

Endeavor ST100 micro PC

Endeavor ST100 micro PC

Recently Epson lanched Endeavor ST100 micro PC. The 185 x 195 x 75 mm unit (it’s a bit bigger than Mac Mini) features packs an Intel Core 2 Duo (T7200, T7400, or T7600) processor, ATi’s Radeon Xpress 200M graphics chipset, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 40GB to 160GB SATA drive options, and a dual-layer DVD burner. It also sports a set of ports  including VGA, audio in / out, Ethernet, 56k modem, and six USB 2.0 ports with a pair of them being on the front panel.

The Endeavor ST100 micro PC will be sold in Japan at just ¥59,850 ($508).

[via Engadget]

Yet another small form factor Media Center PC

small form factor Media Center PC Home media centers in small form factor are very popular because they blend in compact dimensions and power of desktop PC. Samsung announced its version of this kind of PC – MX10. It’s very similar to LITTLE LLUON and Philips LX1000. The MX10’s got a Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of RAM, an ATI Xpress 1100 graphics card, and 200 to 250GB of storage. Its dimensions are 55mm*265mm*295mm. The rest information is missed. But I suspect that MX10 should also include IR port to control via remote, WiFi and maybe Bluetooth.

The Samsung MX10 will go for about $1,265 US.

[via PVR Wire]

DosPara’s Super Mini 2

DosPara Super Mini 2

Japanese computer manufactor DosPara produced a real competitor of Mac Mini – Super Mini 2. It contains 4.3-cm thick case 1.66GHz T5500 C2D processor, 512MB of ram, 80GB HDD, a dual-layer DVD burner, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g WiFi, a 4-in-1 card reader, DVI and S-Video outs, and a TV tuner (optional).

Spend $1,043 USD and got stylish and quiet media PC in your living room. But IMHO Mac Mini is much better 😉
[via Engadget]

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