@sean_w_smith: Actually the new one (the Ultra2) is only available on their store at this time, which after shipping to the US cost $450. I think it is well worth the price if you want an Intel D2700 with an Nvidia GPU system now instead of waiting for it to be available on Amazon like the previous version is.
@all the haters: I have been tearing down my parents computers and building my own since '92. I also have a job right now working with computers, so the last thing i really want to do when i get home to my wife and new born son is to spend all my time tinkering and playing with the hardware on my computers. I am not afraid to work with any OS presented to me either, i have been the lead Mac technician at one job, while also installing, updating, configuring Linux servers, and programming web applications. I am also more than happy to tinker when needed in order to get things to work correctly, however, it is difficult to find the correct hardware.
I have been looking for the last 2 years for a replacement to my original modded Xbox's with XBMC (yes, soldering and all) since they were so universal and good at what they did, but they didn't play HD content well. So, i have tried many solutions and kept my eyes open for the correct combination of hardware. I did buy a D525 system with an ION2 graphics in it, but it wasn't perfect (system heated up a lot, and caused the fan to spin to full every 2-3 minutes, which in a quiet room is annoying, and the remote didn't work OOB with XBMC, which is the most annoying thing to get working if it doesn't work right away). So, i have been anxiously waiting since the announcement of the D2700 procs for a system capable of HTPC to come out. Xtreamer Ultra2 is the first, and the remote turns the system on from full shutdown, and turns it off just as fast.
The Deluxe edition which i got comes with the MCE remote, 4GB memory, and a 32GB SSD with mini sata so the full 2.5" hdd slot is still open. The machine cold boots in less than 10 seconds which is perfect and the remote works OOB with OpenElec XBMC.
@NeilF: Photo browsing is extremely fast. Probably faster than the XTPhotos which is probably why Xtreamer decided to go fully OpenElec XBMC. To get a feel for the speed of browsing photos, i would install XBMC onto your computer then try browsing photos, it will be just as fast or faster because of the SSD. Also, remember to try the different views when browsing photos to get the one you want. I just can't say enough about the system, it is everything i hoped one would be and i am one that has high expectations for anything i buy.
Hope this information helps.