External Features of the MP945-VX
AOpen has spiced up
the appearance of its Mini PC line quite a bit since the
last time PCSTATS tested one of these units. The Mini PC MP945-VX model certainly looks
flashier than the original MP915-B unit, although I personally like the older Mac-esque design a
little more. Considering either computer, the build quality is just
On the face of
the Aopen MP945-VX, the power button is large and easily identifiable. Just below
the power button is a microphone port. To the right and left
of the large power button are the HDD indicator LEDs which shine a bright blue
when the hard drive is being accessed. Above all of this is the slot loading
the top is the optical disc slot for the dual layer DVD burner, insert the
CD or DVD about half way in and the drive will do the rest. There
is an eject button for removing discs, but since the button by default is
flush with the front panel it can be a little finicky to engage
back of the AOpen MiniPC MP945-VX system are all the ports and connectors,
and even room for a large cooling vent which looks suspiciously like a
PCI expansion bracket place holder (it's not). From left to right: the
Kensington security lock, 12V DC power socket, Digital DVI video
connector, Video-output jack (S-video, composite, component), 802.11b/g
wireless LAN antenna, gigabit Ethernet jack, Firewire, two USB2.0 jacks, and a collection of headphone/microphone/audio-in mini-headphone inputs.
AOpen cover the top of the Mini PC
MP945-VX system with a piece of translucent blue plastic. It
is thin, and depresses slightly when squeezed. I sort of prefer how the case
was constructed with the 'Mac Mini'
MP915-B model, with the MP945-VX, you cannot stack anything heavy on top of the
system. This blue top is removed to gain access to the internal components,
which does make swapping out hardware a lot easier than the previous shell design allowed
of the AOpen MiniPC MP945-VX system is all aluminum, the sides have a
very pleasing brushed metal finish that would blend in nicely
with high end audio gear, big HDTV plasma screens, or any desktop.
dipole antenna connects the system to 802.11b/g wireless LANs. A Gigabit
Ethernet jack provides another means of connection the AOpen MiniPC
MP945-VX system to a home network, or external SAN. A Kensingon
security lock threads through
the aluminum chassis (at left) to allow users to secure the diminutive system.
Hot air is exhausted from the rear
of the AOpen MiniPC MP945-VX, and drawn in
via this periphery of vents along the bottom edge of the unit.
The dark grey pad on the
bottom of the system works to reduce vibrations, and provides a soft non-slip
surface to protect table tops or AV equipment below. Aopen revised the way of
accessing the MP945-VX, so there is no longer any need to fold back the four
rubber corners to gain access to the screws hidden behind. It's important
to place the MP945-VX system on a flat surface - do not block these cooling
Now, are you ready to see
the inside of this mini-mini computer?
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