Kinda pricey, don't ya think? I mean.. a thousand bucks for a DVD player.. if it at least had SCSI or Firewire it could make an OK Linux machine.. but that's about it... all the drawbacks of the Cube, with none of the power... and the ports are all over the case.. so you can't even stack them for something useful.
No thanks.. add a couple hundred for an OS and double that for a monitor, and you have a 1 GHz PIII that costs more than a mid-range iMac
Well, people forget that miniaturization is itself expensive, and that is indeed a pretty small package to pack all those electronics into.
But that said, this is exactly what you'd expect if the PC world tried to make a Cube. I'm pretty sure the reason the Cube bombed is that after a point, people think tiny computers are cool, but they're not willing to pay the premium associated with making them tiny. The trick is to make a small package that's still competitive on a raw price/performance level.
But where the Cube was original and stylish, the PC seems to be trying to imitate the style of Sony's MiniDisc players, and I really don't know why. It's not that the MD player style is bad, it's just that it doesn't really make any particular sense on a PC. And the PC might be small, but it's not like I can keep it in a particularly small space. It'll have to lie flat, and it's going to have cables hanging out on all sides of it. So ultimately even though it takes up less volume, it's going to increase clutter on my desk.
So it's neato and stuff, but I'll pass, as I think most people will.
ok its not very useful, but its neat to see companies trying this sort of thing. i see it as one more small step towards the modular design that alpha has been talking about so much.
so maybe they didnt get it right this time, but its a step in the right direction, and its a good sign that they are working at solving some problems with our large desktops locking us into one space. with terminals available everywhere you just pop you pod in and you have your own computer where ever you go. sure there are obvious problems associated with this but as long as they are trying we know they will be working out those issues.
so id summarize it as this: companies realize there is a problem out there to be solved, they dont know quite how to attack it but they are working on it.
I'm an avid mac user but i do sell pc's, tho i always try to get them to buy a mac.....My beef isn't with pc hardware, i love to tinker and such and build machines.....I hate windows, throw some linux on that little bitch and a flat screen monitor and it would be a screaming machine!