Feeds
75%
Elonex_Artisan_VX_tiny

Elonex Artisan VX Viiv media centre PC

Viiv arrives in the UK

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Review Elonex might not be the first brand you think of when you're going to buy a computer and even less so as a supplier for your next PVR/DVD recorder. But Elonex has been making some excellent Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) PCs for quite some time. Its latest mode, the Artisan VX, is one of the first Intel Viiv-branded PCs that you can actually buy...

Elonex_Artisan_VX_front

The Viiv branding means the Artisan VX has an Intel CPU, although you might be disappointed to know that it's a standard, 90nm dual-core entium D 820 clocked at 2.8GHz rather than a more modern, low-power, 65nm Core Duo CPU. The desktop chip is still part of the Viiv spec and the low clock speed ought to make for a quieter machine. The motherboard is based on Intel's decent i945G chipset.

The chipset's own graphics have been replaced by a Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE graphics card - not the most powerful around, but it adds DVI and component video ports, which the integrated graphics chipset doesn't offer. The current version of the Artisan VX doesn't support HDCP, but this will be on offer as soon as suitable graphics cards are available, Elonex said.

MCE PCs require at least 1GB of DDR 2 memory, and that's just what Elonex has fitted. Storage is provided by a 200GB Samsung SATA hard drive - an ample capacity for recording TV shows and transferring content from cameras and the like, but not perhaps enough if the Artisan VX is going to be your main PC.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.