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Arctic MC001-BD Entertainment Center Review (BD/passive)

Rating: 8.0.

It has been a really strong year for Arctic Cooling as they have continued to expand upon their product portfolio, even diversing into a range of rather interesting remote control toys, for land and sea. Today we are reviewing their latest Entertainment Center, a sleek HTPC with an ATOM processor, AMD graphics, BluRay drive and 4GB of DDR3 memory. Unlike many other ‘all in one’ systems we have reviewed lately they also include the Windows 7 operating system, so there is no fiddling around with discs and drivers when you open the box. With a huge selection of ATOM based media centers already available, can the MC001-BD offer something new for the consumer?

One of the key selling points is that the MC001-BD Entertainment Center is completely passively cooled, and therefore silent. This alone will pique the interest of many enthusiast users who want a noiseless, yet capable media system for the bedroom or living room.

Arctic Cooling have four versions of the entertainment center available. The MC001-E (barebones), MC001-DVD (DVD player), MC001-DVDS (DVD player and 120GB SSD), and the model we are reviewing today, the MC001-BD, which is supplied with a BluRay player.

CPU Dual Core Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz)
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430, 512MB GDDR3
Chipset Intel NM10
Memory 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
Storage 500GB
7200RPM 16MB cache HDD
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
ODD Blu-ray 4x
Additional Software CyberLink
PowerDVD 10
LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Front I/O Ports IR receiver x 1
USB 3.0 port x 2
3.5mm stereo I/O jack x 2 (Headphone, Mic)
4-in-1 memory card reader x 1
Rear I/O Ports 3.5mm audio I/O jack x 6 (7.1 OUT x 4, LINE IN x 1, Mic x 1)
SPDIF port/optical x 1
VGA port x 1
HDTV interface x 1 (HDTV cable included)
Ethernet RJ45 port x 1
USB 2.0 port x 5
DC power jack x 1
TV Tuner DVB-T / DVB-C (optional)
Power Supply 19V DC 60W
Volume 1.5 L
Dimensions (Product) w/o stand: 143 L x 40 W x 266 H mm
w/ stand: 161 L x 65 W x 275 H mm
Dimensions (Packaging) 205 L x 130 W x 329 H mm
Limited Warranty 2 years
EAN-Code English Windows
EU: 872767004399
UK: 872767004320
US: 872767004252
EAN-Code Multilanguage Windows
EU: 872767004405
UK: 872767004337
US: 872767004269
itemnumber DPACO-MC10001-GB
Weight 2.65 kg

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