GnatTV First Impressions

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)

The entire package
The entire package (HTPC itself , HDMI Cable , Wireless Keyboard and Mouse and not to forget - User's Manual)

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)
The top-view of the unit
The top-view of the unit

Rear of the unit
Rear of the unit - it includes your typical connections such as USB 2.0 ports , RJ-45 , HDMI Out , VGA Out , etc

The front of the unit
The front of the unit , it has a USB 2.0 port , eSATA , Memory Card Slot , Audio Out , Audio In (Microphone)

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 remote control
The remote control (it does a fair job in giving commands remotely except it can't wash your dishes)

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 !

One thought to “GnatTV First Impressions”

  1. Nice to know that it’s running Linux. Ubuntu with XBMC on top of it might not be the most responsive thing on that Atom-based rig (compared to some other Linux distros), but it’s probably still much lighter than the 2 proprietary environments from MS or Apple (and cheaper, obviously)
    Future Upgrades of Nvidia drivers might prove challenging for girlfriends and grandmas, though…. and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS might have been the ‘safer’ choice given their 6mth release cycle.
    Looking forward to more analysis from you.

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