Arctic Cooling, known mostly for its cooling products, introduced at Computex this year a small form factor media center PC it calls the MC001 that packs an Intel Atom D525, ATI 5430 512 MB graphics card and 4 GB of RAM.
Helping its claims as a media PC is that the MC001 is completely passively cooled, meaning that you'll never hear any fan noise at all while watching a video.
The other specifications include 7.1-channel audio output, two USB 3.0 ports located on the front, IR receiver, 4 in 1 card reader, VGA, HDMI, Ethernet, and 5 additional USB ports at the rear panel. As an option, you can install a DVB-T/DVB-C.
There are four different versions of the MC001 which are differentiated by storage options:
• 500 GB HDD and DVD-RW 24X
• 500 GB HDD and Blu-Ray 4x
• SSD 120 GB SATA II and DVD-RW 24X
• SSD 120 GB SATA II and Blu-Ray 4x
All models come with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. Addition accessories are an IR remote and IR keyboard, but thankfully each one comes with an HDMI cable.
Prices start from $249 and can head north of the $600 mark with the SSD and Blu-ray options. Look for it in the coming weeks.