It's up to you - either a DVD drive or a CD/RW burner can be installed in the free 5.25" bay.
There's only room in the case for a single 5.25" drive, so you'll have to be circumspect about choosing what goes in there! If you don't use DVD media, you really ought to install a fast CD burner with 24x write speed. Fans of DVD videos, on the other hand, may prefer a DVD drive or even a DVD burner. The latter are still very pricey, though, and don't offer many benefits over a CD burner other than their higher capacity. You won't be able to copy DVD movies, in any case.
Basis For Digital Video: FireWire Port
Setting this PC system apart from its miniature competition are the two FireWire ports. The interface is wonderful for attaching digital video cameras (DV cameras) or hard drives quickly and without much hassle. Attaching a DV camera would allow you to copy video and audio data to the hard drive without losing any of it. You can also send sequences to a camcorder using special editing software. If you're in the market for a perfect video editing solution, however, you'll have no choice but to get a special video editing card from Pinnacle, Canopus or Fast. These cards are based on special DSP chips that use specific hardware routines to process the data.
- A Home-Grown Mini-PC: Tough Competition For Desktops & Notebooks
- A Home-Grown Mini-PC: Tough Competition For Desktops & Notebooks, Continued
- Package Contents: Case, Board, Power Supply And Miscellaneous Hardware
- Flex-ATX: Basis For Ultra Compact PCs
- Chipset: VIA/S3 Pro Savage PL133
- Processor And RAM: Max. 1100 MHz And 1024 MB
- Installing A DVD Drive Or A CD/RW Burner
- Hard Drive: 100 GB Is Enough
- Limitations: No Powerful 3D Graphics
- Conclusion: The New PC Style - Not Maxi But Mini!