F300 Barebones Mini-PC Launched by Giada
Giada has recently launched the F300 mini-PC for the digital signage market, but it could be a good home theater PC, too. The F300 is powered by a passively cooled Intel Core i5-4200U Haswell processor clocked at 1.8 GHz (up to 2.7 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost) and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400. However, this is a barebones system with no memory or hard drive, but "customers just need to easily unscrew two screws, and then lightly pull away the shelf" to open the casing.
With the case open, installation of components is possible, such as a 2.5" hard drive into the single SATA 6Gbps slot or RAM into the single SO-DIMM slot for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory. Also included is a SIM card slot, three mini PCI Express slots, and three cables for 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth cards. On the front are two USB 3.0 ports, an IR sensor for remote controls, a microphone and headphone jack, and an SD card reader. The back also provides two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, two COM ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and two DisplayPort 1.2 ports that can support audio as well as "up to 4 ultra-HD mosaic screens with max resolution of 3200x2000."
Pricing and availability of the Giada F300 mini-PC is unknown.
Source: Tom's Hardware