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Aopen's XC Cube Shows Barebones is Getting Better All the Time

AOpen XCube AV's Technical Specs

Aopen XC Cube AV (EA65)
BAREBONE
Dimensions300x200x185mm
Front Ports
USB2x USB 2.0 Type A
FireWire IEEE 13941x 4-pin, 1x 6-pin
Audio-OutFor headphones
Microphone1x
SP-DIF1x
Card ReaderSD, MMC, SM, CF, MS
Back Ports
PS/22x mouse / keyboard
VGA1x
USB2x USB 2.0 Type A
FireWire IEEE 13941x 6-pin
Serial / Parallel1x each
Sound3x (usable as 5.1)
SP-DIF1x
Coaxial RCA1x
LAN1x (10/100/1000)
PSU
ManufacturerAopen
ModelFSP220-60CU(PF)
Wattmax. 205 Watt
MOTHERBOARD
Chipset
CPU SupportIntel Pentium 4
CPU Socket478
CPU Clock400, 533, 800 MHz
FSB Clock400, 533, 800 MHz
NorthbridgeINTEL865G
SouthbridgeICH-5
Memory
Memory TypeDDR SDRAM
Memory Speed(s)266 - 400 MHz
Memory ModesDual-Channel
Memory Slots2
Maximum RAM2 GB
ECC/Registered Memoryno/no
I/O Components
1. Mass Storage ControllerICH-5
Storage Ports IDE2x UltraATA/100
Storage Ports S-ATA2x S-ATA 150
RAID Support (S-ATA only)no
Floppy Controllerno
Primary Network ControllerBroadcom Gigabit
Parallel/Serial1 / 1
USB Ports (integrated/additional)2F/2B/2I*
FireWire2F/1B/0I*
Game Portno
Expansion Slots
PCI Slots1x 32 Bit PCI 2.3
PCI-X/PCI Expressno/no
AGP1x AGP 3.0 (8X)
On-Board Audio
TypeAC97 2.2
Surround Support5.1 Channel
Jacks (Back)Line-In, Line-Out, Mic, SPDIF-IN
Jacks (Front)Line-Out, Mic, SPDIF-out
Accessories
User ManualEnglish
CableS-ATA, IDE, Floppy, S-ATA power cable, S-video, Composite, Audio
SoftwareDriver, InterVideo Home Theater

Legend: F=Front, B=Back, I=Internal

Conclusion

AOpen shows us where it's at with its awesome mini PC as a new era has dawned in the barebones segment with AOpen's XC Cube AV. Its functions should become standard and mandatory in all mini PCs. With its InstantON software, AOpen circumvents the boot time of the Windows operating system. In five short seconds, the DVD or MP3 player and the TV tuner card are ready for use. For those who prefer working in Windows, the XC Cube AV barebones can also be equipped with the Microsoft OS. What you're left with in this case is a normal PC in a slim format. Even then the XC Cube AV shows its individuality. With Home Theater from InterVideo, the backbone becomes a digital VCR, a radio or a DVD player, depending on how the mini PC is being used at that moment. It goes without saying that the XC Cube AV also works well for gaming and online use. What's more, its intelligent fan control means that you can barely hear it when it is in operation.

The XC Cube AV is available in the stores for less than $400 or 339 euros.

  • g-thor
    "It's Got It All" - except it doesn't. VGA output? The connector that is going the way of the dinosaur is included, but no way to have DVI, no means of putting in HDMI. And the US market is heralding the end of regular TV.

    Perhaps the market they want is those who want to make a bit more use of their regular TV - but a DVD player will do that, or a converter that will display an HD signal on an older set. This doesn't do that, so why would I want it? If you have a reasonable response to that, I'd love to hear it.
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