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groov'
Sep 25, 2002, 11:18 AM
at least in Belgium...

Look here

http://www.cubepc.be/

TimDaddy
Sep 25, 2002, 11:40 AM
Not only are they pc's, but they are very ugly.

Belgium
Sep 25, 2002, 11:47 AM
They are indeed PC's, ugly as hell, but kinda cool, for a PC that is! :mad:

If I compare this ugly thing with my Cube sitting on my desk, the choice is easily made.

If you do need a PC, for work, gaming or whatever, they are worth considering, especially because they are supposed to be very silent, for a PC!

Mr. Anderson
Sep 25, 2002, 12:25 PM
That's just not right....ugly too!

It lacks all the elegance the Cube had, ugh!

D

ibookin'
Sep 25, 2002, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by Belgium
but kinda cool, for a PC that is! :mad:


I've never heard the words "PC" and "cool" in the same sentance on these forums before.

jefhatfield
Sep 25, 2002, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by ibookin'@mwny


I've never heard the words "PC" and "cool" in the same sentance on these forums before.

since i am a pc techie, i have to have at least one pc for my business and when i replace my old, old pc laptop, i can see getting a unit like this

it is cool for a pc but the real cube by apple is way better in so many ways:p

Hemingray
Sep 25, 2002, 12:49 PM
The one thing they did get right was the front ports... I wonder if Apple will ever get it together and give us at least one front firewire and usb port.

MisterMe
Sep 25, 2002, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by groov'
at least in Belgium...

Look here

http://www.cubepc.be/
P-U!

Cool? This thing makes an IBM PS/2 look cute.

rasha
Sep 25, 2002, 01:01 PM
Ugly....Yes!

Smart and useful....Yes!....Apple give us front ports or if they are to remain hidden then shift them to the side towards the very front.....just not all the way in the back or underneath!

djniche
Sep 25, 2002, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by MisterMe

P-U!

Cool? This thing makes an IBM PS/2 look cute.

P-U is right - why is it that PC companies all try to immitate apple's design. They need to give it up. They've tried and all fail. Just as that new Gateway in one computer trying to be a imac will fail.

guevwww
Sep 25, 2002, 01:27 PM
they sell those as barebone systems @ Frys Electronics here in the SF Bay Area

Hemingray
Sep 25, 2002, 01:30 PM
Guys... this is hardly a copy of the cube! The only similarity is its shape; everything else about it is just a small PC. Is the CD drive slot-load? Is it on the top? Is there a vent on top? Is the computer raised up off the ground? No, no, no and no. To me, those are the distinguishing features of the cube.

big
Sep 25, 2002, 01:49 PM
UGgGG, but what about the 533 MHz bus? Why can I no have that too!?

idkew
Sep 25, 2002, 02:03 PM
one of my fraternity brothers has one. no where near as cool as an apple cube. i showed him the apple cube and he said he wanted one. too bad he is not in the market for a new computer.

one neat thing about it- it is water cooled with a radiator, i bet it is quieter than a fan.... although our cube needed no fan or radaitor.


one the bright side, i have convinced one of my brothers to get a mac and he is in the midst of pricing them out now. :D :D :D

crassusad44
Sep 25, 2002, 02:21 PM
Originally posted by groov'
at least in Belgium...

Look here

http://www.cubepc.be/

Like every other atempt to rip Apple's design, this one also fails miserably. Yes, it's small, and yes, it has much tech goodies crammed into a small space. But the «designers» of this thing has totally missed the point. The Apple Cube was about breaking new ground, and do so in a graceful and elegant way. The Apple Cube made people drool. When they first saw the machine people had two things in their head: «Damn, I want one!» and «Why on earth haven't anybody thought of this before?». This thing makes me think: «OK, you made a tiny computer, and..... ?»

2¢ added

dotcomlarry
Sep 25, 2002, 02:43 PM
These have been around for a while. I don't quite understand how it's a rip of the G4 Cube, other than in it's shape, and last I checked, a cube was a basic geometrical shape owned by no one. Computers get smaller and smaller, and as far as i'm concerned, this is just a product that is designed to be small. Yes, it could be better well designed to look nicer, but i still don't see how a small PC is invading Apple's turf, especially since the G4 cube isn't sold anymore. I'm quite happy with my Dual Ghz Quicksilver at work, and will be even more happy when I get my 17" iMac for Christmas, but let the PC users build what they want. If they want a small form factor PC that can double as an entertainment center (which, btw, is one of the large uses for this), then by all means, let them have it.

vniow
Sep 25, 2002, 02:51 PM
Actually, those are made by Shuttle (http://shuttleonline.com/) They're pretty well-designed little boxes, especially since they're from the PC side.
They started with a PIII version with 1PCI slot and moved up to a PIV version with 1 PCI & 1 AGP. They're going to release an Athlon one with an Nforce chipset before the year is over.
I might get one of the PIV versions in a couple weeks.:)

mattevil
Sep 25, 2002, 03:52 PM
here is a better cupe rip off it's one of the hellraiser cube pretty nifty except the guts


<img src="http://www.sheff.com/projects/HellRaiser/images/SBA_CubeLightsOn.jpg">


http://www.sheff.com/projects/HellRaiser/hellraiser01.html

mattevil
Sep 25, 2002, 04:02 PM
http://www.sheff.com/projects/HellRaiser/images/SBA_CubeLightsOn.jpg
hopefully you can see the pic now

big
Sep 25, 2002, 04:25 PM
>hellraiser

that's cool

>one neat thing about it- it is water cooled with a radiator, i bet it is quieter than a fan.... although our cube needed no fan or radaitor.

I mentioned this when there was the speculative g4's (w/new air vents) arrived on the scene (7 lb heat sink?)...I always thought a water cooled one would be kinda neat!

{1984}
Sep 25, 2002, 05:12 PM
damn pc companies rippin off apple, first the profile 4 now this...

vniow
Sep 25, 2002, 05:25 PM
Originally posted by idkew

one neat thing about it- it is water cooled with a radiator, i bet it is quieter than a fan.... although our cube needed no fan or radaitor.
:D

Actually there is a radiator, but with no water. I does need a fan, but the way it's designed is kinda interesting;

http://img.hexus.net/ss51/Cooler.jpg

damn pc companies rippin off apple, first the profile 4 now this...

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

First of all, it's nothing like the cube, except for size. It's got a PCI slot, a couple of 3.5 inch drive bays and one 5.25 inch drive bay. It also needs a fan.
Does the cube have any of that?
Someone earlier said that the cube is a generic design not owned by Apple or anyone.
This thing makes a great little HTPC, and unlike the Profile4, this is acually well-designed. I prefer Mac to any other computing platform, but I hate it when somebody judges something like this just by it's looks.:rolleyes: What's so bad about making a small computer anywayz?

mr evil brkfast
Sep 25, 2002, 06:16 PM
Ugly box... nice to have ports on the front though. No real threat to the cube legacy.


Now that we can have two optical drives maybe Apple can add front ports to the powermac?

King Cobra
Sep 25, 2002, 06:54 PM
Now that you have all seen the beautifully ugly Cube imitation, take a look at the more advanced model, which actually comes with a fan!

http://www.cubepc.be/images/ss50/ss50thumb.jpg

Take that sh** back. 'Cause all that Cube sh** is wacked. :rolleyes:^3

Damn, my Cube looks pretty ********** cool compared to that :eek:


PC supporters have tried time and time again. It's a never ending war. People will continue to mock Apple best products, and we will continue to laugh (or even vomit with real ugly sonbit imitations).

vniow
Sep 25, 2002, 07:08 PM
I don't get it, since when is a small rectangular PC a Cube ripoff?
This little Shuttle box is nothing more than that. Name me one other feature besides size that it rips off.

bidge
Sep 25, 2002, 07:15 PM
I don't know why it's so bad having the cables at the back, how often do you need to plug/unplug the cables from your computer. Really.

It's not really that annoying at all. Plus do you really want to have your firewire drives plugged in with a cable going to the front. I know you'd also have back ports, but I'd like to know why you really need/want them. True the cube was slightly annoying having them underneath.

G5orbust
Sep 26, 2002, 12:47 AM
its a compact version of a pc using some mini standard of atx.... well its nothing to be reckoned with. its slow, probably overhetas and only has one pci slot.....

The upsides, it has agp unlike its predecesor.

groovebuster
Sep 26, 2002, 03:04 AM
Originally posted by bidge
I don't know why it's so bad having the cables at the back, how often do you need to plug/unplug the cables from your computer. Really.

That's maybe true for HDs, CD-Burners and other peripherals that are in most cases constantly connected to your machine, but it is always annoying to connect something like a DV-Camera or other equipment to it just a few minutes for transfers. For that it would be pretty smart to have at least one Firewire port on the front panel to give easy access. My PMs are on tables facing the wall and there is already a huge cable chaos behind that can't be really fixed. The only way to get to the ports is to move the computer and to turn it a little bit. Something that can be very annoying with a dozen cables connected already. And to leave the cable connected (that's what I am doing at the moment) to avoid that computer moving all the time, can't be the ultimate solution for that problem. To have a cable on the desk without any function 95% of the time is ugly and to make sure that it is not sliding behind the desk is also kinda silly...

It's not really that annoying at all. Plus do you really want to have your firewire drives plugged in with a cable going to the front. I know you'd also have back ports, but I'd like to know why you really need/want them. True the cube was slightly annoying having them underneath.

Who was talking about ALL the firewire ports? One in the front, two in the back. That would be perfect. A colleague is coming with his camera or HD, you plug it, do the transfer, you unplug it. That would be really awesome. No unneeded cables on the desk, no computer moving...

groovebuster

medea
Sep 26, 2002, 09:43 AM
Forget the "cubed" pc, take a look at the Lipton Ice Tea can! I mean wow those belgiums sure have nice cans........maybe that came out the wrong way.

MacBandit
Sep 26, 2002, 10:13 AM
If I had to buy a new cube computer tomorrow it would be Panasonics Game Qube. The awesome little thing is a Nintendo built for the home entertainment system.


http://www.zeldaguide.com/gamecube/backroun


Check it out at the very bottom of the page.

gotohamish
Sep 26, 2002, 10:44 AM
Not that I'd let one near an Apple Cube, but there are loads available .here (http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/product.php?subcat=4)

gotohamish
Sep 26, 2002, 10:49 AM
Proof that 'PC' and 'good design' don't come together...

http://www.suntek.co.uk/en/easypc/easypc_open.html

Couldn't they even put a black drive in? AAAAAGGGHHHH!

jefhatfield
Sep 26, 2002, 11:08 AM
Originally posted by gotohamish
Proof that 'PC' and 'good design' don't come together...

http://www.suntek.co.uk/en/easypc/easypc_open.html

Couldn't they even put a black drive in? AAAAAGGGHHHH!

that is painful

either get a matching optical port or make the whole thing beige...one or the other:D

losfp
Sep 26, 2002, 06:30 PM
They coulda solved that problem by having swinging doors on the drive bays that DID match the case. All in all, I don't think this is a bad idea. I might get one myself at the end of the year for a 2nd PC/fileserver machine. Apparently pretty quiet and it has all the connections I need. Having some of the ports in the front is a great idea, for the times you have to swap devices back and forth regularly.

To clarify my position.. I don't actually own a Mac yet, but I'm planning to get a Powerbook at the end of the year.. Get rid of my current Athlon 1.2Ghz machine. Waaaay too noisy even though it has served me well (I usually find that most problems I run into are PEBCAK errors) and get one of these little cube PCs for a 2nd machine.

Not as cool as a G4 Cube, but you better believe I can build one of these for a lot less than even a 2nd hand G4 Cube!

LimeiBook86
Sep 26, 2002, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by MisterMe

P-U!

Cool? This thing makes an IBM PS/2 look cute.
hee hee hee my friend has an IBM PS/1 it looks funny! hee hee hee It looks like a messed up Macintosh 512k...

scem0
Sep 28, 2002, 01:51 AM
UUUggggggghhhhhhhh. Ugly. I am about to buy a cube. I can't wait. I do need help though. Look in the help section for a thread created by Scem0. It is about the cube I might buy.

mcullen
Oct 2, 2002, 04:51 PM
One of my friends brought one of these over that he built.

I was only jealous of the optical line in and out on these machines. He had a GeForce 4Ti and the cpu crashed because it was too hot. There definitely is a cooling problem.

Overall this is just a squat tower with a squarish face, but almost same depth as a mini-tower.