AOpen Mac mini look-alike to be named ‘Mini PC’

AOpen has issued a press release regarding their Apple Mac mini knock-off:

AOpen, a member company of the world’s leading IT products supplier Acer Group, drops one of its blockbusters – Mini PC — at Computex Taipei 2005.

Mini PC, a revolutionary IT products developed in cooperation with Intel Corp., proclaims the advent of the “miniaturized personal computing age”, according to Bernie Tsai, president of AOpen Inc.

“The launch of the unique Mini PC testifies the strong R&D capability of AOpen and demonstrates that the product development expertise of our company takes the leading position in the world,” Tsai elaborates.

“Because AOpen’s R&D strength has been recognized by Intel, AOpen was pin-pointed by Intel as a partner in the development of Mini PC,” Tsai explains.

“Measuring 15 cm by 15 cm by 5 cm, Mini PC is not only the world’s smallest Intel PC platform, but also smaller than a similar model on the market,” says Vincent Cho, VP and GM of Solution Products Business Unit. “What is more important, billions of Win-tel users in the world no longer have to tolerate the hassle of switching operating systems just to take advantage of the miniaturized and stylish personal computing devices,” he continues.

“The significance is that Mini PC provides an ideal solution to Windows users aspiring miniaturized personal computing devices,” Cho adds.

AOpen’s Mini PC is powered by Intel Pentium M processors with built-in DVD-RW and 2.5-inch hard drive. Its power is the equivalent to that of a desktop PC, and meets the computing needs of most PC users.

The product is built with mini-PCI 804.11 a/b/g wireless communication module and Bluetooth support. It can also transfer data wirelessly to and from personal computing and communication devices such as PDA and smart phone.

The Mini PC also provides DVI, S-Video, and YPbPr connectors so that it can be connected to HDTV, plasma display monitor, large screen display panels, and high definition audio products. A user can turn the Mini PC into the control hub of a digital home entertainment center.

“AOpen’s R&D expertise has progressed from desktop platforms to small form factor platforms. Now AOpen takes a giant leap forward to develop consumer and ultra small form factor platforms,” says Tony Yang, marketing director of AOpen. “The development of Mini PC proves that the product strategy of AOpen goes in the right direction and AOpen has the capability to develop completely new platforms.”

Excerpts from press reports of Mini PC:

Intel Preparing Release of Mac mini Look Alike
by Staff, 3:15 AM EDT, May 31st, 2005

Intel is expected to release a prototype PC this week which looks similar to the Apple Mac mini, a published reported said over the Memorial weekend. A Mac mini look-alike is set to be unveiled at a trade show this week.

According to Wired, the Mac-mini wannabe uses Intel’s Pentium M CPU and is built by Taiwanese PC manufacturer AOpen – affiliated to Acer – at Intel’s request.

A prototype is currently being shown at the Computex trade show. The show runs until June 4.

Apple need not fear. Analysts don’t expect much consumer demand for the “clone”, writes Wired.

Fear not

IDC analyst Roger Kay said: “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.”

Kay does not expect Intel to benefit from the success of the Mac mini – said to be selling at the rate of 40,000 a month. “The Pentium M and Windows XP are pretty expensive components. It would be hard to hit the Mac mini’s $499 price point with that combo,” wrote IDC’s Kay.

To suggest that the Mac mini should have a competitor in the Wintel market could be seen as ironic, considering that the Mac mini was designed to compete in exactly that market.

Intel first showed its tiny Concept Entertainment PC three months ago. At the time it said that it was “just a concept” and it is unlikely it would build such a device.

About AOpen

AOpen is a member company of the world’s leading IT products supplier Acer Group which has other frontrunning affiliates like Acer Inc., Wistron, BenQ, and AU Optronics. AOpen ranks as one of the top computer solutions and components suppliers in the world, offering micro barebone systems, notebook PCs, PC motherboards, imaging products, VGA/multimedia cards, keyboards, mice, optical storage devices, monitors, and a full range of computer components. With strong R&D and manufacturing experience, AOpen is aggressively expanding its market worldwide, offering local services, and providing 3C parts and components solutions for small, medium, and large businesses.

Press release link here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Intel’s prototype AOpen ‘Pandora’ ripoff of Apple’s Mac mini photos posted online – May 31, 2005
AOpen Mac mini look-alike unveiled; based on Intel Pentium M, runs Windows – May 30, 2005

48 Comments

  1. I love how they keep using terms like “revolutionary” and “leading.”

    Last time I checked, those terms were reserved for people/companies that do something before anyone else.

  2. Depending on ram and hd size, this thing actually competes with a $700-$750 mac mini. If they sell this thing cheap enough, it will go like hotcakes. There is a huge market for unobtrusive computers that would fit into a home entertainment cabinet. AND, they might just advertise it.

  3. Of course AOpen is doing nothing more than trying to overshadow Apple’s unique identity in the computer market with a knockoff, similar to that iPod Shuffle knockoff we saw recently.

  4. Sorry, but this deserves a fisking…big time.

    AOpen, a member company of the world’s leading IT products supplier Acer Group, drops one of its blockbusters – Mini PC — at Computex Taipei 2005.

    We can only hope they dropped it. Seriously, do people think this form factor is a bombshell? Apple introduced the Mac Mini back in January, so please pardon us if we don’t gasp. We’ve seen Small. Now show us Small, Secure, Easy to use, and Stable. Then, maybe then, we’ll gasp.

    Mini PC, a revolutionary IT products developed in cooperation with Intel Corp., proclaims the advent of the “miniaturized personal computing age”, according to Bernie Tsai, president of AOpen Inc.

    They proclaim this the “advent of the ‘miniaturized personal computing age”??? I remember this term being thrown around back in 1983 when I bought my Commodore Vic=20. And to even have the gall to call this a “revolutionary product” is amazing. Apple leads (and revolutionizes), Intel (and their ilk) follow (and copy).

    “The launch of the unique Mini PC (to be contradicted in two paragraphs) testifies the strong R&D capability of AOpen (and their ability to copy previous existing competitor designs) and demonstrates that the product development expertise of our company takes the leading position in the world,” Tsai elaborates.

    “This is our own original design and idea. Nope…no one else beat us to this. We did it first….sorta. Seriously!”

    Just because you can rip off another company’s ideas and designs, does not mean that you should. Remember the eMachines iMac lookalikes? I hear “lawsuit” whispered from the rafters with this one.

    “Because AOpen’s R&D strength has been recognized by Intel, AOpen was pin-pointed by Intel as a partner in the development of Mini PC,” Tsai explains.

    “We copied faster than those dorks at Dell. HAH! Take that Michael!”

    “Measuring 15 cm by 15 cm by 5 cm, Mini PC is not only the world’s smallest Intel PC platform, but also smaller than a similar model on the market,” (we HAVE contradiction!) says Vincent Cho, VP and GM of Solution Products Business Unit. “What is more important, billions of Win-tel users in the world no longer have to tolerate the hassle of switching operating systems just to take advantage of the miniaturized and stylish personal computing devices,” he continues.

    “Far be it from the billions of Win-tel users to switch due to lousy security, spyware and adware issues, and just all around crappy user experience. Nope, we know Windows users don’t care about that stuff, they just want SMALL STUFF cuz it’s cool!!!! “

    “The significance is that Mini PC provides an ideal solution to Windows users aspiring miniaturized personal computing devices,” Cho adds.

    “We guarantee you that your computer will be small. We do not guarantee you that your computing experience will be better. Pay no attention to the Spyware, Adware, viruses, patches, or crashes. Look at this case!!!! It’s SMALL! Isn’t it SMALL!? We know you like small stuff. It’s like Super Deformed PCs. Think Dragonball meets Intel.”

    AOpen’s Mini PC is powered by Intel Pentium M processors with built-in DVD-RW and 2.5-inch hard drive. Its power is the equivalent to that of a desktop PC, and meets the computing needs of most PC users.

    “Because most PC users like SMALL. Hey, it’s just as powerful as a desktop PC…but it’s SMALL.”

    The product is built with mini-PCI 804.11 a/b/g wireless communication module and Bluetooth support. It can also transfer data wirelessly to and from personal computing and communication devices such as PDA and smart phone.

    “We came up with this stuff all by ourselves. Seriously, what more could you want than a PC as SMALL as ours that does this stuff?”

    The Mini PC also provides DVI, S-Video, and YPbPr connectors so that it can be connected to HDTV, plasma display monitor, large screen display panels, and high definition audio products. A user can turn the Mini PC into the control hub of a digital home entertainment center.

    “Unlike a product that looks similar that we did NOT rip off. Did we mention it’s SMALL?”

    “AOpen’s R&D expertise has progressed from desktop platforms to small form factor platforms. Now AOpen takes a giant leap forward to develop consumer and ultra small form factor platforms,” says Tony Yang, marketing director of AOpen. “The development of Mini PC proves that the product strategy of AOpen goes in the right direction and AOpen has the capability to develop completely new platforms.”

    “We saw the Mac Mini and just about wet ourselves. When we saw other people going GaGa over it, we just knew we had to make one ourselves. So we worked as fast as we could to make one just like the Mac Mini, to make some bucks too.”

    “Did we mention it’s really small?”

    Ironically enough, the MW for this is “court”. Go Figure.

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