So there is interest at work in setting up a video conferencing system for light usage, meaning skype or other software-based solutions that don't require exotic (read: expensive) hardware. The main display will be an off the shelf 50-55" LCD TV, I'm looking at higher-end consumer grade webcams like the Logitech BCC950, and of course a small form factor PC to run them all.
I did a little digging around and found out about the Arctic MC101
From the specs and the reviews I've seen, this looks like a very sweet system with a mobile Trinity APU and some very nice connectivity. Here's a review of the Artic MC101, and I'd love to see TR take a crack at this system
. Another advantage for a work environment is that it comes with a pre-built configuration so no assembly is required (there are bare-bones versions too if you want more customization).
Does anyone else have recommendations for SFF or HTPC systems that fit the bill for this type of setup? The Mac Mini is one alternative that comes to mind for me, but the issue there is having to wipe OS X and jump over to Windows for many tasks. Anything else out on the market that fills this niche nicely?Edit:
One disadvantage of the Arctic box is the lack of any optical drive option. It helps to keep the box small, but you can't do DVD/BluRay with this thing. They do offer an external drive option, but at $130, I'd look to Newegg/Amazon/etc. instead of getting it through them.