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Unveiling the Asrock Vision 3D

The Asrock Vision 3D is a stylish looking book-sized computer and unlike many previous mini PC models it comes in one of two colors, silver or black. Like other units we've reviewed before, our sample came in black.

The compact design and attractive exterior helps it blend into any home theater setup, while its small footprint also allows it to fit just about anywhere.

The system measures 200mm (W) x 200mm (L) x 70mm (H) making it a fraction wider and longer than previous models. It can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, although rubber feet are only on the bottom of the case. Based on the Mini-ITX form factor, it has an internal volume of 2.8L while weighing 1.8kg fully configured.

The Vision 3D feels very polished and it's obvious that Asrock has paid attention to minor details when designing their Mini PC series. The rear I/O panel has been given a coat of black paint, while all the ports have been properly labeled to make installation easier for the user. The Blu-ray player is a slot-loading model, so it's recessed into the case allowing it to blend in with the rest of the body.

Around back you'll find a significant amount of connectivity options for such a small computer, including a total of five USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, LAN, HDMI, DVI, a powered eSATA port, five audio jacks and an optical S/PDIF output. There is also a small DC-in power connection for a Delta Electronics 19v AC/DC adapter.

It's worth mentioning that this power pack can be purchased online for as little as $15, so should it die out of warranty, you aren't looking at a significant cost to replace it.

By default, all Vision 3D models come bundled with a Media Center Edition remote control to provide a convenient way to watch movies or listening to music from the comfort of your living room couch, completing the Vision 3D as an ideal HTPC solution.