Cool VIA DIY Kit Puts HD in Your Hands

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Honis

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They certainly spent a lot of time making sure it didn't look like something you would want on the TV stand... Can't wait to see the case mods of this in something nicer, like a wooden cigar box.

Can't wait for it in a Tom's review of net-top round up.
 

dasper

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Tempting in its own right, I will give them that, but 243 is more than I would spend for it. An Acer Revo (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103228) and even Lenovo has some nice nettops for about the same price.
 
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I talked to my Sister about this and I said it should run, cry Sis, and do everything everyone would ever want.
 

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This is a great idea for anyone wanting to stream HD without using a laptop but the cost of the operating system and Wifi interface makes it a bit too expensive. It's a fairly inexpensive option for a home-based server, though, for those who may have that need.
 

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This idea has been around for awhile. Its basically a pico ITX board inside that case. Via's been making them for a few years.

The really cool part isn't the "Mini HD" crap, this is basically a real full blown PC, just miniaturized. You can install any OS you want, provided it has driver support (all MS OS 2k+ should work fine), and do anything you want with it. Connect it to a LCD with a Keyboard / Mouse combo and you got a mini-kiosk style system that can be easily hidden behind or under something.
 

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"Hard drive, compact flash module, solid state drive, SD card, wireless module, antenna, system memory and operating system must be purchased separately"

I knew the price was too good to be true,
 

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I don't know. I always had a soft spot for embedded devices and SFF PCs...

This is neat stuff. Tiny little computer that can handle HD.

I'm with Honis. I want to see cigar box case mods too!
 

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I say they should remove two of the usb ports and replace them with something more practical like.... e-sata ports. Then you would not be affected by the size limitations of 2.5" hard drives.
 

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VIA needs some more lovin'.
I'd rather a $200 VIA netbook over a $300-400 Atom based netbook.
However, for what it does, it does seem a little overpriced (especially compared to other VIA based products in the past).
 

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The way they show it mounted to the back of a monitor on their website would make it a good web surfing station. I could just throw one on my old 4:3 lcd lying around. Plus it would probably be easier to upgrade that than a normal all in one pc. I have to agree with everyone else though, they could have made it look a lot sleeker even by just offering it in black.
 
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