eMachines Mini-e Home Entertainment Center
eMachines has rolled out one of the zanier small form factor desktops to date, known as the Mini-e Home Entertainment Center. Don’t be surprised by its size – it might be as small and thick as a small book, but it packs quite a punch where home theater PCs are concerned. Featuring a unique glossy black diamond shaped chassis that seemingly “floats” in a matte silver pedestal, it is capable of emitting a soft ambient green glow along the lower edge for that added touch of class whenever it is powered and ready to go. The eMachines Mini-e measures 7.1″ in diameter, tipping the scales at a mere 9 pounds which would make it rather dangerous for you to have a cat or lumbering dog around the home since either one could easily knock over the Mini-e while it is running. More on it in the extended post.
The slim and compact Mini-e ER1402 will certainly be more than able to offer full HD multimedia entertainment as well as every day computing capabilities, making it suitable not only in the living area but in the study as well, especially if you’re starved for space. After all, with its capability of being able to be snapped onto the back of most monitors or TVs, is portability at home personified. It doesn’t require a genius to get the entire setup up and running, while built-in 802.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity makes it a snap to get on the Internet straightaway. With its HDMI interface, you can hook it up to a large screen TV while an S/PDIF port allows the system to digitally connect to a home audio system. Other hardware that comes with it include a wireless keyboard and mouse, letting you play popular Flash-based social media games, surf the web, view and edit photos, stream video content from Netflix or Hulu, or watch HD movies comfortably from the sofa.
It will run on the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system, with an AMD Athlon II NEO processor making sure the proceedings go on smoothly. Graphics-wise, an NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics card ought to do the job just fine, while 2GB RAM is available for the Mini-e ER1402 to handle basic, everyday computing tasks, which include (but are not limited to) word processing, VOIP calls, email, spreadsheets or managing family finances. Other features include a quartet of USB 2.0 ports, a multi-in-one digital media card reader and a 160GB hard drive. At $299.99 a pop, this is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a casual computer in your home.