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x86 Mac mini clone arrives

Voodoo Idol Media Centre PC
Tue Oct 18 2005, 11:12
AT COMPUTEX THIS SUMMER, there were a bunch of Mac Mini clones kicking around from a bunch of names, some big and some small. It was only a matter of time until they hit the vendors for real, and the first one comes from one of the more innovative companies, Voodoo. They came out with the Voodoo Idol Mini PC a few days ago.

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.

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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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