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Jack.L
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Jack.L   10/9/2012 1:06:00 AM
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Doesn't having all these different model in someways negate the whole premise of a unit that is easy to upgrade. Sounds like they are creating completely new hardware every time and all that stays the same is some of the hardware. Rather expensive too ... and not expandable. Yes it's small ... and.....well that seems so far to be about it. What do others think?

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any1   10/9/2012 1:25:42 AM
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I guess it's sort of a PC version of an Apple Mini. There could be a market for it if it's done well.

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Bert22306   10/9/2012 1:40:33 AM
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Very cool! I'm not sure about price comparisons, however. At least, not yet. You can get quad core x86 desktops, 1TB hard drive, an 6 GB of RAM, for less than $1000. But that's just quibbling. Best I can tell from the video, looks like a separate bare bones motherboard, I/O card, and power supply module. Three modules, not laid down flat, but as three sides of a cube, where cooling fins and a fan fill up the middle. The hard drive is replaced with a solid state drive, which saves a lot of space, but still costs a lot more than an HDD, for similar size storage. Perhaps the upgradeability is overstated. What is hard to upgrade in standard desktops is not the hard drive, the I/O, or the graphics. The I/O and graphics can always be upgraded by adding adapter cards which, when installed, take over those functions from the motherboard. And swapping the hard drive or adding RAM is fairly simple too. What obsoletes a desktop is the processor and perhaps also the memory bus. So I don't see where this concept really solves the obsolescence problem. Desktops started incorporating functions like Ethernet, other I/O, sound cards, and graphics cards, into the motherboard to save money, since most users needed those functions anyway. For desktops, it's not really correct to imply that the I/O, graphics, etc. built into the motherboard are a limit. Still, the form factor is hard to beat. Apple has proved that coolness is not necessarily related to raw performance. This should be a winner. I want one too!

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CJS2   10/9/2012 11:32:39 AM
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"a piece of pie"? Don't you mean "a piece of cake"?

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clematis   10/13/2012 12:16:14 AM
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Or was it "easy as cake"?

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RTewell   10/9/2012 6:58:33 PM
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A "piece of pie" is pretty easy...ever seen "2010: The Year We Make Contact"?

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RTewell   10/9/2012 7:02:13 PM
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Besides "Piece of Pie" has better alliteration. Actually...it HAS alliteration and we "ALL like alliteration"...

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SylvieBarak   10/9/2012 7:34:21 PM
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Rick, my hero ;)

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davewooff   10/10/2012 3:42:03 PM
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Does the power adaptor plug latch in place? Sounds like a bit of a problem if you accidentally unplug it while trying to plug/unplug a peripheral.

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David.Bley   10/10/2012 3:43:37 PM
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I would like wi-fi and win xp. Can't stand win 7. More RAM is necessary in base model.

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Phluph   10/10/2012 4:36:23 PM
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And I'd like to fly and spit diamonds... WiFi certainly should be included in the package but XP? Just ain't ever gonna happen.

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WKetel   10/13/2012 5:45:03 PM
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My choice is still the "grandfathers box" type of tower computer. Aside from being much simpler to work on and having a much wider selection of add-ons, it offers the additional advantages of a lower heat generation density, and being much more difficult to steal, since it would be difficult to conceal the larger box.

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