VoodooPC takes on the Mac Mini

VoodooPC has stepped up with an alternative to Apple's Mac Mini. Dubbed the Idol, the system packs a Pentium M 740 or 750 processor into an enclosure with Mini-like proportions. It also includes a slot-loading DVD burner, DVI and S-Video outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, 512MB or 1GB of Corsair DDR400 memory, and hard drive options between 40GB and 120GB. Users can even pick one of 11 color options, from "talladega black" to "powder pink."

Color doesn't come cheap, though. The Idol runs just over $900 with a Pentium M 740 1.73GHz processor, 512MB of memory, an 80GB hard drive spinning at 5,400RPM, and no operating system. That's $200 more than the closest comparable Mac Mini, which has a slower processor, 10/100 Ethernet, and no S-Video output. However, the Mini does come with Firewire and OS X. It also has an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics chip with 32MB of memory, while the Idol appears to use some flavor of Intel integrated graphics. In a strange role reversal, the Mini might actually be the superior gaming system, while the Idol's color options could make it more stylish.

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