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MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus

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Fed up of waiting for Asus' desktop Eee PC? Rival Taiwanese manufacturer MSI has stepped in with a mini machine of its own, which it's punting at just £235.

MSI Titan

MSI's Titan: desktop Eee rival before there's a desktop Eee

The PC's called the Titan - something of a misnomer given the unit's small size. It measures 240 x 185 x 70mm, so it's footprint is less than that of an A4 sheet of paper.

MSI Titan

Plenty of portage

The box packs in a dual-layer multi-format DVD writer, 250GB SATA hard drive, and a stack of I/O ports including Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, TV out, VGA, 5.1-channel digital audio out, and legacy PS/2 and serial connectors.

This latest Small, Cheap Computer™ incorporates a VIA C7 processor clocked at 2GHz and backed up with 1GB of DDR 2 memory. It uses VIA's CN700 integrated chipset.

The only thing the unit doesn't come with is software - one of the reasons it's as cheap as it is. That's good news for Linux buffs who won't have to pay the so-called 'Windows tax'.

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