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Tranquil PC ships 1.5-inch thick, fanless HTPC

By Jos
Jan 3, 2012
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  1. PC manufacturer Tranquil has launched a new media center system that is only 1.5-inches tall and designed to fit right in with the rest of your living room's audio and…

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  2. That's too goddam much money. Aren't HTPC's supposed to be cheap? Isn't that the reason you buy one? So what you have here, is someone trying to shove a thousand dollar pc up your butt and thinking that they can actually do it just because it's thin enough? No deal. Not when you can build a 400 dollar computer that does the exact same thing and put it in a cabinet.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,669   +59

    so its a super small expensive desktop computer?
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,915   +363

    for that much i can get a badass LAPTOP with better specs. It would do just as well as an HTPC too.
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,309   +265

    I think most of what you're paying for here is how sleek it is (aesthetics) and how well it would fit in with an existing entertainment center. My ideal custom build for one of these only came up to 693 pounds - a bit steep but not completely outside the realm of reality for something so elegant.
  6. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 203   +10

    ikesmasher, I'm with you. I toyed with the idea of building an HTPC just because I wanted to build one, but, honestly, my son's laptop for which we paid about $600 almost two years ago is more than enough. For the price they are asking - no thank you.
  7. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    but guize thar is no fanzz!!!

    Yeah, overpriced BS is what it is if i didn't use my original xbox for all my streaming purposes i'd be using a boxee box. I think the boxee box is more aesthetically pleasing with it's weird shape.
  8. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    It is a cool formfactor, but haeck yeah that is way too much considering the HD is 80 GB...really?!

    I was expecting 499 USD max... for over a grand I agree, you can get a nice laptop and probably better stuff in it... and a laptop has its own screen too.

    If there was spcial software customization I would be able to start to understad, but I have not noticed any talk about that. Being a PC that connects to my TV is not enough. I have that already and in a pretty small form factor for like 299... when I bought it... granted it is an Atom with 1 GB of ram, but it has 250GB HD... now you can get one for 199 if you look for a deal.
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 955   +49

    Other than the lack of an optical drive, the $800 version of the Mac Mini sounds like a much better option; a better price (which is rare for a mac) and better overall specs (even rarer) in an even smaller footprint (par for course).
  10. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    if aesthetics, and media streaming is all it has to offer.... there's a thing called apple TV which costs you $100.

    this is what i would call an Epic FAIL product. not powerful enough to be a true media center pc, and overpriced for a streaming box.
  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,309   +265

    An Apple TV doesn't really fit in well with a full component system and the thing only does 720p.
     


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