Japan offered micro Mac Mini rival

Third Wave launches compact desktop

Japanese consumers will be able to buy one of the world's smallest PCs next month when local vendor Third Wave ships what it calls the Prime Super Mini - a desktop machine smaller than a 12in notebook computer.

third wave compact pc

The compact machine takes up a little more space than Apple's Mac Mini - it's 17.2 x 22.6cm to the Mini's 16.5 x 16.5cm - but at 4.2cm it's shorter than the Apple box's 5.1cm height. It's heavier than the Mini, too - just: 1.35kg to 1.31kg.

The Third Wave machine's specifications are broadly the same too: a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo T2600 processor, Intel 945GM chipset, 80GB Serial ATA hard disk, 512MB of memory, Firewire 400, four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi. It also has DVI-I and S-video ports, but there's no Bluetooth, unlike the Mini. There's even a slot-loading multi-format optical drive.

Third Wave will offer the machine on 12 May with Windows XP Home Edition on board. Local reports put the price at ¥122,580 ($1,043/£584/€845). ®

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