New competition for the Mac Mini, the Asus Nova

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by phatjoe, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. phatjoe
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    Hey:

    I just thought this was interesting. Recently, Asus came out with a small form factor desktop, which is called the Nova. Below is the link....

    http://promos.asus.com/US/evensite/Nova/index.htm

    Specs are as follows:
    Size: 9 in x 7.2 in x 2 in (it's a little longer and wider than a Mac Mini)
    Processor: 1.8-GHz Core 2 Duo chip
    VCard: Intel GMA 3000 graphics processor
    Ram: 1 GB
    Hard Drive:160GB

    It seems a bit pricey. I do believe the next mac mini revision (hopefully soon) will probably blow this thing away, and still be cheaper :) But, competition is good :p
     
  2. Cave Man
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    A bit larger and uses desktop components. I couldn't tell if its drive is a 2.5" or 3.5". Seemingly nice package, though.

    I hope it's faster than their web site...
     
  3. statikcat
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    Wow not bad whats the price? Dvi output and wireless N - they don't seem to be skimping at all. 1gb RAM is kind of silly though but a very cheap upgrade.

    Edit: yeah 800-900$ thats expensive.
     
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    So true!!! :D:D:D
     
  5. Killyp
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    Looks neat, very neat. Kinda pricey though, and it doesn't run OS X =[
     
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    This can only help Apple. I went to the page; the thing is crap (look at it!). People, being idiots on the whole, will see this and... oh. I just saw the price. $8-900. Yeah, Apple's not going to do anything special to the Mini now; it's still cheaper.

    If this Nova thing had been the same price/less, Apple may have upped the Mini's hardware to compete more aggressively, but they have no need to do so.

    Aside: It's sad that they think that enough people still use their suggested resolution of 1024x768 to warrant the site being built around it.
     
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    1G RAM with no options to upgrade (at least that I saw)...not sure how good the X3000 graphics are...what's that orange protrusion with the two holes in it supposed to be? It's not bad looking except for that.
     
  8. phatjoe
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    I think the two holes are pencil holders :p

    A similarly equipped mac mini (1.8GHz, 160GB HD) will run about $700. To really grab some attention, I think for the Asus Nova should have been priced at $600-700.

    For $900 you can get more bang for your buck. Actually you could purchase the base mac mini for $600, and use the $300 for a 24+" LCD screen. :eek:
     
  9. CalmEnvy
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    Only thing I like about it is that you can stand it up if you want to. It looks ugly as hell though.
     
  10. Fonzijr1964
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    well there site is slow and i think i saw this on G4's AOTS and it looks cool but its still a PC
     

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