The AOpen miniPC, which was first revealed at Computex exhibition in Taipei in June, is set to hit US stores. The machine looks surprisingly a lot like a Mac mini. Both machines measure 165 millimeters square. The AOpen miniPC measures 50 millimeters high, just 1 millimeter shorter than the Mac mini. Both have the same rounded design and a CD slot at the top in the front.

The primary design difference? The miniPC has a power button in the front. Whoops, how could you have possibly called this a look alike!? I personally commend the originality and creativity behind the AOpen design team :)

The miniPC will run Intel’s Pentium-M processor and feature a DVD burner, built in ether, 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB ports, IEEE1394 (Firewire) port, DVI, and S-video connectors. One version will ship with 512MB of memory and a 80GB hard drive. In short, it’s a PC Mac Mini.

The mini computers will be available in the US this month for $399 running Linux or $499 running Windows XP.

If it has a decent video card it might just become my home theater PC.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."