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AOpen Mini PC MP945-VX Ultra Small Formfactor PC Review
AOpen Mini PC MP945-VX Ultra Small Formfactor PC Review - PCSTATS
AOpen has employed an unorthodox method of building its super small, super compact, super quiet miniPC MP945-VX small formfactor system.
 89% Rating:   
Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AOpen Jan 23 2007   Max Page  
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Internal Wireless 802.11b/g and Jacks

The miniPCI slot comes pre-loaded with an 802.11b/g wireless networking card. An external dipole antenna connects directly to the miniPCI card with a specialized coaxial cable. There is room for a secondary antenna, but this space is not used.

The external antenna an the coaxial cable attached to the 802.11b/g wireless LAN card are illustrated here. The white antenna at the back of the AOpen MiniPC MP945-VX swivels left and right, and bends 180 degrees so the user can choose the best orientation for wireless signal strength.

With everything removed from the Aopen Mp945-VX system, we get a better sense for how tightly components are packed into this small book sized computer. The Aopen Mp945-VX is built like a notebook really. Note the connect at the upper left for the optical and hard drives.

At the back of the AOpen MP945-VX Mini PC we find all the various system connectors. The layout is essentially the same as with the MP915-B reviewed earlier.

Starting from the left there is the Kensington lock, 12V DC power connector, Digital DVI video output, video-output jack (S-video, composite, component), Gigabit LAN connector, two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE 1394a port and a collection of audio inputs (SPDIF out, audio out and a microphone jack). The gold connector is for the integrate wireless 802.11a/b/g NIC. The system comes with all necessary connectors/cables including a DVI splitter cable with both DVI and analog video outputs (system does not support dual monitors though) and a component video output cable.

Next up, a look at the High Definition HTPC applications the AOpen MiniPC MP945-VX might be suited for, and the one big thing we really didn't like about this compact computer system.... hint, it's not the size.

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Contents of Article: AOpen Mini PC MP945-VX
 Pg 1.  AOpen Mini PC MP945-VX Ultra Small Formfactor PC Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions: Big Potential
 Pg 3.  External Features of the MP945-VX
 Pg 4.  Internal Features of the MP945-VX
 Pg 5.  System board, memory and thermal solution
 Pg 6.  — Internal Wireless 802.11b/g and Jacks
 Pg 7.  Complaints and HTPC Applications
 Pg 8.  High Definition Content Playback and BIOS
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  One Great Little HTPC Machine?

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