[mythtv-users] Looking for a Mini Mac/AOpen mini PC replacement

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Oct 19 21:02:12 UTC 2007


David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Oct 19, 2007, at 1:15 PM, Chris Ribe wrote:
>> Just a nit to pick here, but I see this myth floated out there a  
>> lot.  A mac mini is not silent.  It is extremely quiet under light  
>> load, but it sounds like a jet aircraft when its fan starts going.
>>
>> Additionally, most of its quietness comes from the fact that it  
>> isn't nearly as small as advertised.  It doesn't have an internal  
>> power supply, but an external power brick that is half the size of  
>> the computer!
> 
> It's not inaccurate to think of a Mini as a laptop, sans display and  
> keyboard, mashed into a vaguely cubical shape.
> 
> It has most of the tradeoffs a laptop does -- it's small and has low  
> power consumption, but it also has a slow hard disk and not much  
> upgrade potential.  And yeah, it needs an external power brick, just  
> like a laptop.  (The external brick for my VIA miniITX system is  
> huge, too.)
> 
> Anyone remember the Toshiba laptops that had the power supply built  
> in, so you just plugged a 120V power cord right into the laptop?  I  
> miss that sometimes.

So do I, but not only does it add weight, space and heat, but they have
to jump through all the hoops to get UL accreditation for the unit since
it has a 110v power cord.

beww


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