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As an admirer of the Mac Mini and the Intel Pentium M processors, I was hoping that this machine would prove to be worthy. Unfortunately, noise is one of the issues that the reviewer had with this machine.
Overall, we have to give AOpen credit for creativity and branching into a market no other PC manufacturer has. The Mini PC lacks the refinement of a Mac mini much like comparing a Chevy to a Cadillac—with the Chevy being the Mini PC. It needs to be updated with ATI’s Xpress 200, high definition audio, SPDIF, a better software bundle, and made quieter to be considered a better competitor among the general consumer, silent PC and home theater PC enthusiasts. If AOpen were to at least fix the noise issues we would have no problems recommending it to users looking for a silent PC or file server—until then we can't recommend it except for the cool factor.