AOpen Mac mini look-alike unveiled; based on Intel Pentium M, runs Windows

“A new Wintel prototype that openly apes Apple Computer’s popular Mac mini is due out this week, sources told Wired News, giving Intel a showcase to prove its chips are a match for anyone when it comes to tiny PC designs,” Simon Burns reports for Wired News. “Working prototypes of the Mac mini look-alike running Microsoft Windows and based on Intel’s Pentium M CPU have already been built by Taiwan-based PC maker AOpen, according to two sources in Taiwan’s PC manufacturing industry who have seen them. These sources added that the prototype was built at Intel’s request, and will be unveiled here at the Computex trade show, which runs May 31 through June 4.”

Burns reports, “Apple has been using the Mac mini to encourage users of Intel-based PCs running Windows to ‘switch,’ a campaign Intel hopes to blunt. But analysts said they don’t see big consumer demand for a clone of the stylish and popular box, or much of a threat to Apple. ‘I don’t think the two — Mac mini and whatever Intel puts out — are really in the same market; that is, of course, unless Apple starts running OS X on x86 hardware,’ said IDC analyst Roger Kay.”

Full article here.

A image of the AOpen XC Cube Mini is here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads, Wintel follows, as usual.

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  1. Gee! Nice try, Intel!

    It looks like it’s only twice as high as a Mini. Or it’s a front/back view that shows us they forgot the connectors.

  2. What makes the MacMini interesting is not that it is small, and compresses a great deal of technology into a small case, it’s that it’s small, compresses a great deal of technology into a small case, and it runs OS X.

  3. wired quote: “While the Mac mini attracts adjectives like “sleek,” “cool” and “sexy,” its current lineup of Windows-based competitors could most politely be described as “compact.””

    I love it! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. My first year design students that failed the course have produced better looking boxes while attempting to design a better mouse trap – in a word :sad

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