While it’s always nice to see computers getting smaller and smaller, ASUS’ EeeBox is still at bit pricey for some at over $450. Enter the Mini-e. eMachines is known for targeting the low-end price points, but this is the first time they’re leveraging that experience to enter the home entertainment space…and it doesn’t look half bad.
The Mini-e ER1402 measures 7.1 inches across and weighs nine pounds with everything included. Like the EeeBox, it mounts diagonally on a stand to give it a floating appearance. It also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, a first for eMachines at anything close to this price point.
eMachines says that the Mini-e is great for “any room of the home” but it’s clear that they’re targeting the entertainment section of the home. Direct references are made to enjoying streaming content such as Netflix or Hulu – and that’s an interesting choice, since the unit does not include an optical drive. Any content viewed on the Mini-e will be either streamed over the built-in 802.11n networking or migrated via USB.
The machine is smaller than a Mac Mini but not as powerful; of course, it’s also less than half the cost. If eMachines markets this right, they could really move these units – they’re affordable, stylish, great value for the money and even come with some nice features like the wireless keyboard and mouse.
- Processor: AMD Athlon II Neo K125 @ 1.7GHz (Dual-core, 1MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB)
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9200m integrated graphics
- Memory: 2GB DDR3 @ 800MHz
- Hard drive: 160GB SATA @ 5400RPM
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
- 4 x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, VGA-out, 2 x audio out, microphone, optical S/PDIF
- Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 7.1 inches (LxWxH)
- Weight: 9 lbs
- Warranty: One year limited parts and labor with free phone support
The suggested retail price for the eMachines Mini-e ER1402 is $299.99.