Crave loves the Mac. Okay, that reservation comes only from the PC half of the office, not the trendier-than-thou Mac fraternity, but still...-- who wouldn't? It's small, sexy and powerful, but if we have one reservation, it's the fact that it's a
Pandering to the desires of UK-based Windows lovers, Evesham has recently launched the follow-up to its Mac Mini, this baby bad boy mimics only the Mac Mini's approximate size and shape.-- also titled Mini PC. Whereas the original borrowed heavily from the
It's based on AOpen's MP945-VXR chassis, which is a pretty sexy piece of kit. It measures 165mm by 55mm by 165mm, weighs a paltry 1.2kg -- much less than a newborn child -- and has black brushed metal running around its sides. The top is made from a glossy black plastic which flexes somewhat unsettlingly when pressed. The front of the PC has a blue power LED flanked by blue Knight Rider-esque lights that pulse in time with hard disk activity.
Under the flexi-hood, Evesham has added a variety of Intel CPUs, the best of which -- a 2.33GHz T7600 chip -- lives in the Mini PC Plus. In this you get 1GB of RAM, up to 120GB of hard drive storage, a Wi-Fi adaptor, built-in Freeview tuner and Windows XP Media Center Edition. You get a free upgrade to Vista when that rolls around in early 2007, too.
The cheapest Core 2 Duo-equipped Mini PC Plus will set you back £799, but Evesham also has standard Core Duo models starting at £699. Watch out for a full review and a bloody head-to-head with the Mac Mini soon. -RR
Update: We now have aof the Evesham Mini PC Plus live in our Reviews channel.