Even though your average Joe might be surprised at how expensive luxury computers can be, there’s definitely a market for them, and as long as there’s a market, there’s always going to be a product. Okoro’s new HTPCs are certainly stylish and elegant, but they start at the bargain basement price of just under three thousand dollars.
The new OMS-BX300 comes with Windows Vista Ultimate as standard, with options for SageTV’s 3rd party media center software. You can also equip the unit with dual ATI digital CableCARD tuners, so it can even be compatible with your local digital cable company’s service.
In addition to its Core i7 920 CPU and ATI HD Radeon 4850 video card, the OMS-BX300 features a 64GB solid state drive for speedy OS boot times. Digital media is stored on two 2TB hard drives in a RAID1 (mirrored) configuration. Oddly enough, high-end customers also receive dual Blu-ray drives, so theoretically you could rip one disc for storage on the computer while watching the second on the screen. Users can also opt for a wireless touch-screen remote control for an additional $700. If all that sounds too pricey, the company does make other products; its most affordable option clocks in at a more reasonable $1650 and could still handle the majority of your HT needs.
While all of these do sound like a lot of money, it’s worth considering that the cable box you rent from your local cable company often retails for $800 or so on its own, and it’s typically a lot less limited than one of these. They’re available now at Okoro.com.