This computer is by no means a full blown workstation, but like the Mini, it would make a dandy media center or a kitchen PC. It starts out at around $899, and for that you get a Pentium M at 1.73GHz, 512MB of RAM and a 40GB 7200RPM drive. It comes with a DVD burner and Media Center standard, so it is pretty well equipped out of the box for it's intended use.
There are almost no options, mainly because they won't fit in the box. If you bump up just about everything, it is hard to break $1200 without frilly options like a gaming keyboard. Then again if you really want to spend money, there is a $9000+ 46" 8ms Samsung Gaming LCD which they will dutifully paint to match your computer.
If you buy one of these with the big monitor, get it in pink to show people you are not only stupidly rich, but also don't know the meaning of the phrase 'resale value'.
The Idol looks to be the first of the new wave of really small media center PCs, x86 PCs that is. There are others sure to follow, but for now, this one is the only real option out there. I know what I would replace my VIA EPIA media center with now. µ
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