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September 30, 2005

AOpen launches Intel Mac mini Clone

Mark Hachman at ExtremeTechPricing, Ship Date Set For Mac Mini Clone:

AOpen has announced prices and a ship date for its “Pandora” box, the Intel-based clone of the Apple Mac mini.

The Pandora will be sold as a complete system, according to a note from the OEM that was sent to reporters this week. The Pandora will sell for an estimated price of $499 for a Windows-based configuration, and $399 for one configured around Linux. Systems will be available by Christmas, the company said.

I like small form factor machines but it’s not really clear to me what the benefit is in mimicking the Mac mini.

Update: Legit Reviews has the specs and a review.

Posted at 11:13 am. Filed under AOpen, Apple, Companies, Desktop PC, Small Form Factor

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  1. AOpen updates MiniPC -- Cool Tech Reviews Says:

    [...] You may recall the AOpen look-alike of the Mac mini that they launched last fall. engadget reports that it has been revamped: It seems that the engineers over at PC manufacturer AOpen have been studiously reading the reviews of the first generation of their Mac mini ripoff homage, the miniPC, as the latest version is promising to eliminate the loud whine that made its predecessor almost unusable. The company has just formally announced the Core Duo-powered version of what is now called the MiniPC (with the capital “M” presumably meant to further differentiate the box from its Apple counterpart), which is essentially the same machine that was being shown off at CeBIT 2006, except with a black case that makes it look less like an external DVD burner. I’ve always been dubious as to the utility of this system and Dan Ackerman’s review at CNET confirms my doubts: The good: Not much bigger than a Mac Mini; speedy Core Duo CPU; multiple video output options. [...]

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