ynniv wrote:1) It still doesn't look nearly as nice as the Mac Mini
2) I see no mention anywhere that this comes with a mouse/monitor/keyboard for $500 ($400/linux). The article states that AOpen is not selling retail barebones systems, ie you buy your own hard drive / video card / ram / CPU / OS.
3) Next year Apple is going to ship Intel based Mac Mini's that can run windows / x86 linux as well as Mac OS X
4) Small form factor computers are the least overclockable. If you overclock it, you're going to cook everything inside.
Some math for 2)...
$400 computer is with no OS
- $80 CPU
- $50 laptop hard drive
- $80 laptop DVD-CDRW drive
- $50 RAM
= $140 to divide between a specially designed and engineered case, power supply, motherboard and video chipset, 17" LCD, keyboard, monitor, and profit. So, no monitor/keyboard/mouse for you.
I dont' think that Apple gets enough credit for the Mac mini. Making small form factor computers is difficult. They put in some real money and effort and it paid off.
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yes Apple is going x86, but they will have a modded bios or whatever which will block you installing anything other than osx - also osx will not run on a pc without this restriction!
Also your prices are retail... AOpen buy in bulk so an $80 cpu to you and me, but to AOpen it's more like $65!
Yes Apple deserve credit for the mini! -> Imitation is the highest form of flattery.. AOpen are just giving what the people want!
Nates Article wrote:The above system configurations greatly differ to those that CNET News and Toms Hardware posted on their sites, but our source at AOpen is very credible.
Sadly they will not offer a barebone version or just the chassis all by itself. They will be sold as complete systems only.