I don't know if it will be a hit (for those looking at systems like this) as the original was last year. No immediate external changes are visible to the uninformed. Sites simply won't pick-up the new release and run a story because of this, niche sites will but not the mainstream ones (IMO, niche sites are almost always more interesting to read).
Since the case looks so much like the Mac mini, maybe they should have hired Apple's ad agency. :P
After all, it seems Apple is the only one that can get millions excited over a few cosmetic changes, fancy display names, voice software and a fluffy cloud.
ASRock should have done more to announce this unit, maybe they did, just no one thought it was interesting enough to cover extensively like last year's model. ?
Already mentioned above, the review: Asrock Vision 3D 252B (Sandy Bridge) - Review - http://is.gd/JCDVC3
I think is well detailed.
What's interesting is this part:
"Asrock's Vision 3D is the most powerful HTPC we've tested yet, though it's also the most expensive. That said, at $1000
you get the lot, 8GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, Blu-ray combo drive, GeForce GT 540M graphics card and the Core i5-2520M processor and even an pre-installed copy of Windows 7
A reader's comment about the article says:
"From the looks of it at newegg and asrock Windows 7 is not included so the price is more like 1100 if you are using Windows 7."
The author replies:
"Asrock has told me that it does come with Windows 7 installed, just as our sample did."
That was a surprising revelation to me (as I'm sure it is to others). I had already purchased Windows 7 Ultimate in anticipation, I'll now use them as an upgrade if Windows is pre-installed. I'll update on whether this is true for the 2 I've ordered, they arrive this week. Hopefully
before Christmas. I got a pretty good deal on them I think, $960ea from a supplier
in Florida. Since I was buying 2 right then and there I got a small discount, otherwise they sell for the same as Newegg, $999.99.