Originally Posted by palehorse
Isn't the ASRock several hundred dollars more than the Zino? The last rumors I read predicted $1000 to $1300 USD... without an OS!
As far as I can tell, you could max out the Zino ($750), and then swap in your own 3D-capable MXM module, and you'd end up well under the ridiculously overpriced ASrock system.
Am I wrong? How much are the GeForce 400-series MXM cards?
I just configured one Zino HD with the MCE remote etc etc. (trying to make it similar to Vision 3D) and it came to around $900. No escape from the 5450 MXM module (all BR drive equipped models come with that, apparently). This includes OS.
However, swapping out MXM modules is usually not that straightforward (Got to make sure your BIOS will support it, first). Further, MXM modules aren't easy enough to come by if you are not a OEM manufacturer (market is very less compared to discrete graphics cards).
For example, I found a GTS250M MXM module for 250 euros here: http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/Store_30.html
; One can expect the 400M series MXM modules to be more than that definitely. Add those costs, and the Vision 3D definitely seems a more future proof choice.
Problem with these type of SFF PCs for HTPC purposes is that they are not easy to upgrade with respect to the processor or graphic cards or even the mini-PCI-e peripherals.
The ASRock system is priced at $999, but PR
dept. expects retail channels to offer discounts / OS combo deals of some sort, so the price may turn out to be cheaper even with the OS.
Edit: I re-read my post, and it sounds like a plug for the ASRock system! Definitely didn't want it to come across that way, but I just had to make some observations based on the specs at hand