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Puget Echo I HTPC System

The introduction of the low voltage Intel Atom Processor has led to a new phase in the evolution of the Home Theater PC (HTPC). More specifically the Atom in combination with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M chipset dubbed the Ion platform makes high definition video playback including BluRay a possibility with this otherwise moderately performing processor. Placing the Ion platform on a small form factor motherboard helps create a low profile, quiet home theater machine which uses very little power compared to Intel Core or AMD based HTPC solutions.

One of the first companies to take advantage of the Ion platform is Puget Systems. They are a boutique computer builder from the Northwest and may be best known for their PC built submerged in mineral oil back in 2007. Thankfully you will not find any cooking products in their HTPC – the Echo I which, we will be looking at in depth for today’s review.

The Puget Systems Echo I is built upon the Zotac IONITX-F-E ATOM N330 Mini-ITX platform. It is housed within an Antec case and is slightly smaller in size than an Xbox 360. The base model comes with 2 GB of DDR2 memory, a slim line Sony DVD-RW Drive, Western Digital Scorpio 160GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive and Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. It is customizable when ordering with choices in OS, slim drive type, memory amount and hard drive size.

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