Hoping to cash in on increasing demand for small form nettop computers which can be used primarily in the home theatre, emachines today introduced the Mini-e Home Entertainment Center.

Similar to the popular Acer Revo, the Mini-e is about the size, weight and thickness of a small book. It features a glossy black diamond shaped chassis mounted on a matte silver pedestal while emitting a soft ambient green glow along the lower edge.

Unlike the Acer Revo which runs on the Intel Atom processor and NVidia Ion chipset, the Mini-e employs an AMD Athlon II NEO Processor, and Nvidia GeForce 9200 graphics. Inside the small and lightweight computer - 7.1 inches in diameter and weighing just 9 pounds - you'll find 2GB of Ram, a 160GB hard drive, four USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI port, S/PDIF port, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, and a multi-in-one digital media card reader.

Running Windows 7, the computer is designed for HTPC (home theatre personal computer) usages such as watching movies, photos or listening to music but is more than capable to handle routine computing tasks, such as web browsing, word processing, or email.

“It’s an inconspicuous, streamlined computing solution for any room of the home where consumers want to enjoy movies, photos, music and other online entertainment.” said Steve Smith, senior business manager, consumer desktops for eMachines.

A mounting kit, available as an accessory, enables the Mini-e to be attached to the back of a flat-panel monitor or a big screen TV.

The eMachines Mini-e (model # ER1402-05) will sell for $300 U.S.

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