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Core 2 Duo shows up in Mini PC

updated 07:40 am EDT, Wed August 30, 2006

Core 2 Duo in a Mini PC

The Mac Mini may have some stiff competition in the mini PC market as the current Mac mini offering continues to show its age. Electronista reports that, "Though Apple is widely rumored to use the Core 2 Duo in its Mac mini systems after Labor Day, it will not be the first system builder to announce an ultra-compact PC using the new processors." The new miniature computer is the Evesham Mini PC; an existing line which retails for about $1300 (USD) with the same specs as a $850 BTO Mac mini. The advantage this ultra-compact boasts is a built-in TV tuner (HD capable) and media center functionality -- including Windows XP Media Center edition out of the box. The latest version of Mini PC--announced this week--will reportedly cost $1500 (USD including tax) and pack a 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor adding a DVD±RW drive, FireWire, and an S-Video output. The new system is expected to ship mid-September as Core 2 Duo supply steadies. [image included]




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Couple of things

    First, Evesham is in GB, so their prices would most likely include VAT charges. Does the 'comparable' mini price come from the Apple UK site and include the VAT as well?

    Second, how can you say "with the same specs as a $850 BTO Mac mini. " when the Evesham has a built-in TV tuner (which, if I understand the British tax system, also requires an additional tax on the cost of the system). The $850 does not. Shouldn't someone throw in the cost of an Eyetv HD or something? Or would that not be fair since then the prices would be too close?

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apples and Oranges

    The Mac Mini is not a multimedia center (yet) so the comparison really isn't valid. Plus this PC costs twice the price of the Mac Mini.

    For $1500 I'd prefer an iMac. Sure I can add Eye TV to get some multimedia functionality, but I personally prefer my HD DVR and 50" Plasma TV

  1. discotronic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Looks like...

    A DVD player or VCR.

    Also, the Mac mini still has a leg up which the article doesn't mention. It can run both OSX and Windows.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Evesham

    Evesham have a very good reputation in the UK market for premium end PC systems (not in terms of design but in terms of reliability / using premium components, etc) but they are a niche vendor so will almost certainly not be able to compete with Apple on getting volume discounts.

    With the MiniPC they are one of the few companies using the AOpen design (which originally looked like a straight Mac Mini rip-off but now seems to be moving more towards a 'games console' look).

    TV Tuner tax - only on imported electronics (computers are zero-rated for import duty but radio and TV equipment has traditionally had an import tax - hence it being more effective to import and add a cheap external tuner). There is the TV licence fee but that belongs to a household not the equipment.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: looks like

    Looks like... A DVD player or VCR.

    Which some people would prefer when putting it in their entertainment centers.

  1. ccsccs7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HD Capable

    It's got an HD capable TV tuner? Wow. And six pin FireWire. If only you could run OS X on it…

  1. Gee4orce

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    comparable

    $1500 what ? Comparable to a Mac Mini - I don't think so...

    Ok - has a TV tuner. So what - Elgato do a fantastic range of USB 2.0 TV tuners - about the size of a Bic lighter - that cost less than $100, and you get to choose the most appropriate model for your TV connection (cable ? satellite ? DTT ? Analoge ?)

    And something else - legally, in the UK, any TV receiver requires a license. So, if you buy this Eversham Micro PC you are *legally required to buy a TV licence* (about £131 a year - http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/information/index.jsp#link1) This is NOT NEGOTIABLE in the UK - if you don't pay, you can face a £1000 fine.

    (One licence covers any number of receivers though)

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    its a joke

    a fake mac mini is still a fake; even if it costs more; contains more virus infected spyware and can run OS X...

    waste of breath...

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