Powered by Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and enhanced by the proprietary ONEbox MC software, the Niveus Media ONEbox is built around the VIA EPIA M10000 mainboard featuring the low power VIA C3 processor and the highly acclaimed VIA UniChrome CLE266 chipset with integrated MPEG-2 decoder that provides all the performance, low noise, and connectivity to record and play digital home video, DVDs with AC-3, play CDs, MP3s, view slideshows of digital pictures, and even retrieve, play and share files across the home network.At $999, the ONEbox isn't cheap, but it does offer more functionality than similar products like Hush Technologies' Mini-ITX. In addition to shipping the ONEbox with a copy of Windows XP Home, Niveus also includes a custom software suite that appears to emulate many of the features found in Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition.
The more I look at pictures and specs for the ONEbox, the more I wonder if Niveus hasn't just slapped ATI's All-in-Wonder Radeon PCI into a stylish case with VIA's EPIA M10000 motherboard. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course. That Niveus is building a commercial product that combines the EPIA M10000 with an All-in-Wonder Radeon PCI lends a lot of credibility to the platform for those looking to cobble together their own home theater PCs.
I actually have an EPIA M10000 running on my test rack right now. Over the next couple of days I'll be throwing all sorts of compressed video at the platform to see if it really is beefy enough to handle video playback without dropping frames left and right.