Mini. It's what all the cool kids are doing.

Written by Jason Cundall

May 31, 2005 | 13:31

Tags: #computex-2005 #mac-mini

Companies: #apple #intel

There's no pictures of the actual hardware yet (But I'm sure the crack squad of operatives bit has sent to Taipei will soon smuggle some out) - However, Wired has some preliminary intel on Intel's Mac mini-a-like:

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A new Wintel prototype that openly apes Apple Computer's popular Mac mini is due out this week, sources told Wired News, giving Intel a showcase to prove its chips are a match for anyone when it comes to tiny PC designs.

Working prototypes of the Mac mini look-alike running Microsoft Windows and based on Intel's Pentium M CPU have already been built by Taiwan PC maker AOpen at Intel's request, according to two sources in Taiwan's PC manufacturing industry who have seen them. AOpen manufactures PC and components as a subsidiary of the Taiwanese corporation Wistron, and is affiliated with the giant Acer group.

The prototype is to be unveiled here at the Computex trade show, which runs May 31 through June 4.

More from Wired here.

An interesting point is made in the article; The smaller a computer gets, the less flexible it becomes in terms of upgrades. But the whole point of the Mac Mini is that it's got everything you would want or need to do the job it was designed for. Doesn't that argument hold true for the Intel Mini? I mean, nobody buys a mini (regardless of whatever hardware or software it employs) for it's upgradability... And if they do want a small fast machine with a bit of flexibility they buy a Shuttle or one of it's numerous clones...

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