Via ARTIGO A2000

If buying a desktop computer seems to be too expensive for you, consider having your very own computer at a fraction of a cost. There is a catch, however. You only get the CPU, a really good CPU.

A barebone computer is a partly-assembled platform or an unassembled set of computer parts. This is much cheaper than a retail computer and can also allow more customization. It only consists of a CPU, RAM, hard drive, as well as other devices.

If this convinced you to buy one, you have want to want until a few monts. VIA Technologies from Taiwan has announced that they are releasing their latest model of barebones computer on January 2009. The Via ARTIGO A2000 not only comes as a barebones computer, but also as a storage mini-server.

The ARTIGO A2000 is set to have a large storage packed in a stylish and compact casing that consumes less power and yields low noise. You can either use it as it is-provided you have to purchase a keyboard, a monitor, and a mouse-or you can plug it into your existing computer, then stream information into your barebones computer as a form of additional storage.

This barebones computer can store up to three terabytes of data, which is equal to the information stored in 4,500 CDs, all while being as tall as a CD and merely 10.2 inches long.

This device is powered by a 1.5 GHz VIA C7-D processor that supports up to 3GB of memory. This means that data can be retrieved fast and less time having to wait and stare at that red flickering light. It also contains two serial ATA bays with integrated power ports as well as a Type I Compact Flash socket for expansion.

And do not be fooled. Just because of its size and its price does not mean it would not last too long. The ARTIGO A2000 is designed with high-quality solid capacitors that can last up to six times the lifespan of a regular desktop PC.

This device will be available in January 2009 at US$299, although you can pre-order them now.

(Image courtesy of Via.com.tw)

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