I got my hands on GnatTV. Its basically a HTPC in a box created by a new startup company. Its a very simple device which is currently undergoing development. I am one of the select few lucky folks that managed to get the device.
Anyhow , I was given a HTPC unit itself , a HDMI cable , Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse for me to test the device out. I was told that I’ll be testing this unit for 3 months and they appreciate comments and critiques from every beta tester. (more after the jump)
Let us take a look at the unit itself. Its clearly very small , much smaller then mac mini (circa 2005). Here are couple of pictures of the unit (pardon me for an overexposed picture)
Below are the system’s specifications :-
- Intel Atom N330 processor (dual core , HyperTreading capable) @ 1.6Ghz
- 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
- nVidia ION ITX Motherboard
- nVidia GeForce 9400 onboard GPU (NVIDIA ION)
- 160GB 2.5″ SATA HDD
- Realtek 802.11/b/g/n WiFi
- 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
- eSata , Memory Card ports
Yes , this unit is hackint0sh compatible as well , meaning that you could even install MacOS X in it or even Windows 7 !
The unit also comes with a remote control , which is handy when you do not wish to use your keyboard/mouse.
The unit itself runs on customized Ubuntu 10.10 with XBMC installed. XBMC is something like Front Row/Windows Media Center. Its meant for big screen TVs , so that you can sit back and operate it – like its your DVD Player . I’ll be reviewing the software segment of it later on. As for the retail price , I was not told of the suggested retail price. Anyhow , stay tuned for the next segment of taking a peek inside of this device !