Stealth Builds a Mini PC Around Ivy Bridge

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khalladay

My guess is the high cost is due to the non-standard form factor. Less common components always carry a premium price.

These look very similar to the PCs Ive seen in some multimedia scoreboards that play video.

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jonnyohio

For some reason, I find myself agreeing with every single thing you say.

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PCLinuxguy

Yes, part of the price is the not as common form factor, but with trends going as they are this may change. The other part of the cost is that Stealth overprices their products as well so it's a mix of the two variables as to why this box is so expensive. If I was going for one of these boxes, an Intel NUC or Zotac Zbox would be far less expensive while keeping the tiny footprint and "stealthiness" of a small machine. Thank you Stealth for continued price gouging ..

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TrollBot5000

Yeah I'll just chime in to second the notion of no wifi or hdmi?? let me get out my credit card cause I can't wait to spend 1300 bucks on a paper weight.

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Psit3k

I have the Steath LPC-450. Interestingly enough it fits perfectly in a 5.25" bay. I have it installed in the top bay of my CM Stacker 830 Evo with a KVM switch installed inside the case. Two fully functional computers built into one case.

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Obsidian

No HDMI is a major failure. At that price point it's a total disaster. As others have pointed out, for $300 less you can get a better set up if you roll your own. Maybe it'll be a few cubic inches larger, but you won't be able to cram this hot-box into an ultra-confined space anyway, so what's it matter?

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iplayoneasy

Ummmm. Get a mac mini? I mean it's smaller (7.7in by 7.7in and only 1.4 in tall), has the same i7 plus it has a 1TB hard drive, usb3, thunderbolt, firewire 800, and an sdxc slot. Tt costs $800 and has a better warranty. Or scale back to the i5 version and only pay $600. Install windows 7 and you're done. I mean you can get it with twin 1TB hard drives, ssd's or get the 2.6ghz i7. Oh and the thing maxes out at 85 watts of power.

Apple even if you hate em has been building those for years.

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Renegade Knight

Agreed. This is too expensive for what you get. You may as well get a the Razer's Edge tablet.

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Jox

COM ports? Are they targeting this at the Point of Sale market?

-Jox

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FEAST

Typically, when reviewing a PC, YOU SHOULD MENTION WHETHER ON NOT IT HAS A FUVCKING SSD.

Like, are you kidding me? This is maximum PC.......

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PCLinuxguy

Maybe you should learn to "fuvcking" read. It is a news article about the box, not a review that covers benchmarks, specs etc. However if you're that anxious to know. then google it and check it out for yourself. while a neat box it's overpriced and an Intel NUC would be just as usable for such applications for quite a bit less.

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Paul_Lilly

You're absolutely right, and if this was a review, we'd mention whether or not it had an SSD or HDD. We'd also provide benchmarks, analysis, and a verdict. But it's not a review, it's a news post that clearly points out it supports a single 2.5-inch drive.

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Drew10th

That was great please recommend the editors and contributes continue to stick it to the extremest, rather then quietly take it that seems to be the norm.

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FireGarden

What's wrong Feast? Why are you so angry over something so trivial? Bad childhood? Tiny tinkle complex? ;)

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Peanut Fox

The system can be configured with either. So whichever you prefer or your wallet can afford.

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j_j_montez

Thanks for changing that 6GB of cache to 6MB. For the MaximumPC crowd, there is no room for these tiny PCs at that price. Mini-ITX with proper cabling and the right case gives us something small enough. Any scenarios that require something smaller would be facilitated by a laptop (since no matter the size of the computer tower, you still need space for a keyboard, mouse and monitor.) However, nothing wrong with these companies trying for something new. But I couldn't believe it, 2 COM ports? Putting HDMI in it's place would have been a much better choice. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when they were discussing this design.

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Hilarity

No point. I chucked my desktop and replaced it with a Mac mini. Very surprised to see I prefer OS X to Windows. 600 for a base model. Sips power, perfect for a basic box. Over $1300 for this? Fuck no.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

+1

Plus you get HDMI and built-in wireless.

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Engelsstaub

For people who don't need a box for gaming and stuff (just about the majority) the Mini is a great option. I bullied my brother into ditching his ancient Windows box a few years back and buying a base-model Mini...he couldn't be happier. That thing packs more than enough muscle for anything he does, probably saves him quite a bit on electric, and effectively ended all my monthly free tech support headaches.

I know it's not for everyone around here, but you have to admit it's at the top of its game for what it is.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Can't agree more. My Mini is the living room rig that everyone plays around with when they come to visit. It's also my server. Not to mention I have it mounted to the wall below my TV so it takes up absolutely zero usable space. For the money, it can't be beat if you need an off-the-shelf solution.

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Scatter

I can see people installing these into their vehicles

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DeltaFIVEengineer

I'd much rather throw my Raspberry Pi in a car.

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Peanut Fox

Hardware seems a bit on the high end for that. A VIA box seems more ideal for that environment. Intel's NUC would work there too, but it's a bit pricey for that kind of tinkering.

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Dexter243

To much why would you buy this can build a mini pc with just as much power for half that
hell just buy 2 mac-mini's for that price

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stradric

This must be aimed at businesses. I can't see consumers too willing to drop nearly $1400 on a PC like this that has integrated graphics. You could build a pretty nice micro ATX or mini ITX gaming rig for that amount of money.

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burntham77

Pretty neat set of hardware, but where would this fit into my home setup? It's not going to replace even a gaming machine with even a mediocre video card. With no HDMI it's not really ideal for an HTPC (although a DVI to HDMI cable might work). At that price, it won't be much of a casual work station.

All I can see this being used for would be an overpriced work station in an office somewhere, although it will need more memory to be considered for a CAD or graphic design machine.

Again, I like what's there, but it just doesn't seem to have a niche.

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Kazz

No wi-fi + no HDMI = fail.

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sotoa

Oh snap! I missed the no HDMI! WTF?

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sotoa

This should have built in wifi. But not bad. We're getting there. Where you say? An All-in-one Haswell, Win8, Wifi a/c, bluetooth, little powerhouse that we'd be able to use instead of Roku/Apple TV/(insert streaming player) and it would be the ultimate HTPC.

But knock down the price a little.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Actually, that is VERY INEXPENSIVE for a CPU with a 6GB cache.
However, since that is a typo (6MB actual), then yes, it is a bit expensive

Especially since the $1325 price is with only 4GB Ram and no drive specified

You can roll your own for at least $500 less with 4 times more RAM and a Superfast Samsung 840 Pro SSD

16GB $120 Newegg

Intel Core I5 I7-3610qe $385 @CompSource

Motherboard aprox $100

Case and 150 Watt Power Supply $102
http://www.mini-box.com/M350-Enclosure-WITH-PICOPSU-150-XT-and-150W-Adapter-KIT

Samsung 128GB 840 Pro $150 Newegg

Total $857

It is a really nice quadcore though at only 45 watts
With my 9 Watt LED Samsung Monitor, 1.35 Volt memory and a low powered Samsung SSD, it should run for at least 6 hours on my 75AH Battery (8 year old Optima)

My monitor is rated at 20 watts but actually runs at 9 watts (sweet)

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FireGarden

I would love one of these to use as a Linux box or something. They are a great idea. The cost is a little too prohibitive for me though, at this time anyhow.

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