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Arctic Releases A Tiny $229 Linux PC Designed For XBMC

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    Arctic releases a tiny $229 Linux PC designed for XBMC - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "Arctic is now selling a small form-factor desktop computer with an Intel Atom processor, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and a Linux-based operating system designed to support the XBMC Media Center application.


    In other words, for $229 you can pick up a low-power computer with an open source media center, the hardware to handle high-definition video, and a fanless design which allows for silent operation


    The Arctic MC001-XBMC ships with OpenELEC 3.0 and XBMC 12 software. You can plug the device into a television and use a wireless infrared remote to control media playback.


    Under the hood is a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom D525 processor and Radeon HD 5430 graphics with 512MB of memory.


    The PC has 2GB of RAM and a 1TB, 5400RPM hard drive for storing your music, movies, and other content. It features 802.11n WiFi and gigabit Ethernet.


    The MC001-XBMC has HDMI, VGA, SPDIF, and Ethernet ports, 5 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, a flash card reader, and an IR receiver on the front for use with the wireless remote.


    There's also a 24x DVD-RW drive.


    If you want to watch or record live TV you'll need to add an optional DVB-T/ATSC tuner - although I don't actually see an option do to that at the Arctic website.


    While the Atom D525 isn't exactly a powerful processor for general-purpose desktop computing, when paired with the Radeon graphics this little laptop should make a pretty decent media center.


    The XBMC 12 media center software makes the computer a pretty nifty TV companion, allowing you to handle audio, video, and photo content from your hard drive, local network, or the internet. And if you're a fan of open source software, the fact that the MC001-XBMC ships with OpenELEC 3.0 rather than Windows has got to be a nice bonus (and it also helps keep the price of this media PC relatively low)."
     
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