Polywell MiniBox2 939NP review: Polywell MiniBox2 939NP

Extras such as a media card reader, a Media Center remote, and a wireless Logitech mouse and keyboard set are welcome, and along with the bundled 19-inch Hyundai LCD and the Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers, you get a fully contained entertainment setup out of the box, which is useful, considering the limited connection options. Software includes the excellent PowerDVD program and Nero 7 Ultra Edition for CD/DVD burning. The Media Center OS handles the other entertainment chores.

Polywell's support isn't on a par with that of major PC vendors, such as Dell or HP, or that of high-end boutiques, such as Alienware. A standard one-year warranty is included, and to its credit, Polywell is up front about manning its tech support phone line only during regular business hours. The rest of the time, you'll be sent to a third-party phone-support bank. Online support is minimal at best, with only a very brief FAQ, covering a few random topics, and phone and e-mail contact information.

Application performance
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BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  

Multimedia tests
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Sorenson Squeeze 4 video encoding test (in seconds)  
Adobe Photoshop CS test (in seconds)  
Apple iTunes 4.7.1.30 MP3 encoding test (in seconds)  
Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 8500 SE (2.0GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 1,024MB DDR SDRAM, 400MHz)
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System configurations:
Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 8500 SE
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.0GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+; Nvidia Nforce 4 SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); Maxtor 6L200M0 200GB 7,200rpm SATA

Dell XPS 200
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 3.0GHz Intel Pentium D 830, 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; Intel 945G chipset; 224MB (shared) integrated Intel 950G; Maxtor 6L160M0 160GB 7,200rpm SATA

HP Digital Entertainment Center z555
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.0GHz Intel P4 530; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); Maxtor 6B250S0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Polywell MiniBox2 939NP
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.0GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+; Nvidia Nforce 430 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB integrated Nvidia GeForce 6150; two WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0 250GB 7,200rpm SATA; integrated Nvidia Nforce 4 RAID class controller (RAID 0)

Shuttle XPC G5 8300mc
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.0GHz Intel P4 530; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); WDC WD2500JD-98HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Sony VAIO VGC-VA11G
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.2GHz Intel P4 640; ATI Radeon RC410M chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon X700 (PCIe); (2) Maxtor 6L160M0 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

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