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JW8725
May 21, 2005, 08:23 PM
Check out these mac mini look a like PCs

http://www.hoojum.com/index.php

TMA
May 21, 2005, 08:26 PM
To be fair, that kind of PC case (based on mini-atx?) has been around a hell of a lot longer than the Mac mini. I think they were even available before the cube.

Still, it is butt ugly :D

Daveway
May 21, 2005, 08:32 PM
Are you sure? I don't see a resemblance.
http://www.hoojum.com/jpgs/C5_chrome_1.jpg

mad jew
May 21, 2005, 08:34 PM
It looks like a portable fridge. I wonder if the cooling system's efficient enough to keep my lettuces crisp.

macbaseball
May 21, 2005, 08:51 PM
It looks like a portable fridge. I wonder if the cooling system's efficient enough to keep my lettuces crisp.

Lol. I agree with the previous post. I don't see the resemblance. Just because it's smaller doesn't mean it's the exact same. Did Apple copy the Suffle, because small MP3 players have been out for a while.

alexstein
May 21, 2005, 08:54 PM
It looks like a portable fridge. I wonder if the cooling system's efficient enough to keep my lettuces crisp.


now that is funny. i do not see any resemblance either. it's big and bulky compared to a mac mini.

zap2
May 21, 2005, 08:57 PM
it looks like more 4 mac mini's on top of each other (And even after that they do not have much in common

unfaded
May 21, 2005, 08:57 PM
I see a resemblance.

...to my toaster.

JW8725
May 21, 2005, 10:45 PM
guys check out the other models that they sell. They do a smaller one.

Pic of other version (http://hoojum.com/albums/nanode/nanode_7.jpg)http://hoojum.com/albums/nanode/nanode_7.jpg

unfaded
May 22, 2005, 12:17 AM
That still doesn't look like a frickin' mini. They've been selling PCs like this for years.

Daveway
May 22, 2005, 12:21 AM
Its almost like 2000 A Space Odyssey and Mars. :rolleyes:

shadowmoses
May 22, 2005, 01:35 AM
Mini's still look better but those look nice compared to all the other SFF PC's around these days

PlaceofDis
May 22, 2005, 01:38 AM
not much of a resemblance really. ports on front and whatnot, too shinny as well

meh :rolleyes:

Platform
May 22, 2005, 01:43 AM
Are you sure? I don't see a resemblance.
http://www.hoojum.com/jpgs/C5_chrome_1.jpg

Agree..if this is the best they can do....well then they have a logn way to go :p

savar
May 22, 2005, 02:02 AM
Agree..if this is the best they can do....well then they have a logn way to go :p

The appeal is to kiddos who want to take gaming rigs to their friends house for a LAN party. Add an LCD monitor and its pretty easy to move the whole rig. Among that group, I'm sure that the flashy shoebox look gets ducats. This is the same group who like to build custom case mods out of lexan and blue LEDs, or put an LCD screen in a drive bay. Lots of fun stuff to do, but nothing useful or aesthetically pleasing.

As others have said, this form factor has been around a lot longer than the Mini.

Yvan256
May 22, 2005, 09:45 AM
To be fair, those cases have been available LONG before the Mac mini came out. And in fact, I do see the Mac mini being copied on those cases!

If you don't see it, imagine putting one of those, face down, then cutting it in half (vertically). Voilą, Mac mini. :D

Of course we're only talking about the cases here. The C3 (Mini/Nano-ITX) doesn't stand a chance against a G4.

Maxiseller
May 22, 2005, 11:04 AM
I actually quite like it!

(Ducks for fear of flying venom)

It's not as cute as the mini though obviously - its twice the size, but it's a damn sight better than the rip off of the G5 esq PC tower posted in forums today!

ChemicalGeoff
May 22, 2005, 01:07 PM
Yes those cases HAVE been around for ages and they have all the lack of easy upgrade that the mac mini posesses without actually being as small or practical. We have 2 at work and it's actually HARDER to find somewhere for it, it takes up lots of room on the desk still, but can just be dumped on the floor like a standard tower.

Useless!

Mr_Ed
May 22, 2005, 04:32 PM
Reminds me of a toaster my parents had when I was a kid . . . FUGLY!

satty
May 22, 2005, 05:51 PM
... just missing the slots on top.

My toaster (http://www.dualit.com/content.asp?page=/catalogue/product.asp?productCode=2BRV)


Can someone confirm the "Output per hour" number???

Mitthrawnuruodo
May 22, 2005, 06:00 PM
My toaster also looks more like Mac than that shiny case. At least mine is in brushed steel:

http://www.best-buy.com/bbshop/assets/product_images/WILFA/704504_large.jpg

:D

iMeowbot
May 22, 2005, 06:19 PM
i made a ham sandwich the other day and noticed that it looked a lot like Mac mini.

Jo-Kun
May 22, 2005, 06:42 PM
my LaCie drive looks allso like a mini... hmm did lacie copy that design before the mini was around??

yesterday I went to buy a packet of chewing gum and was surprised about the similarity in size/weight as an iPod shuffle...

and other manufacturers using metal/silver colored cases... widescreen displays... yes even DVI??

lol stop being paranoid get a life I would say... those shuttle PC's are here for some years now (I think even before the first CUBE -don't hit me when I'm wrong about this date :p-)

harddrive MP3 players... had one before the first iPod was born

everybody is ripping from everybody, but just face it: when apple designs it it looks nice and you want it on top of your desk (still have to see the first mac wich is shoved under a desk), when a PC manufacturer designs it: you think about the nice closet you saw to hide it in...

brap
May 22, 2005, 07:05 PM
Yes those cases HAVE been around for ages and they have all the lack of easy upgrade that the mac mini posesses without actually being as small or practical.Let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

I had a Shuttle (SB51G -- Intel 855, ICH4, and whatnot). AGP, PCI and socketed processor. It wasn't particularly quiet, but I had an amazingly fast machine for video encoding and gaming. It was quiet and unobtrusive, and this was 2 years before the Mini.

The Hoodjum cases, whilst not Mac Minis, are for a completely different market. Just because it's not an Apple doesn't automatically make it crap.

Church
May 22, 2005, 07:53 PM
Why would you want to get one of those toasters when you could get a fragbox? http://www.falcon-nw.com/fragbox.asp (Ooohhh Lights!) :D

iMeowbot
May 22, 2005, 07:56 PM
Why would you want to get one of those toasters when you could get a fragbox? http://www.falcon-nw.com/fragbox.asp (Ooohhh Lights!) :D
I have an ancient slide projector that looks just like that thing!

Mr_Ed
May 22, 2005, 08:48 PM
Reminds me of a tackle box my dad had when I was a kid . . . FUGLY!

:D

Les Kern
May 22, 2005, 09:30 PM
Not all that bad, but WHAT'S with the Apple?

aussie_geek
May 22, 2005, 10:28 PM
It looks like a portable fridge. I wonder if the cooling system's efficient enough to keep my lettuces crisp.


Nah - toaster oven actually. The vents at the front give it away. :D

aussie_geek

Cloudgazer
May 23, 2005, 09:29 AM
Wow, these machines are waay too cool.

I'm gonna dump my Mac Mini immediately, and buy one of those...
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only joking!