Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Since the specs list is very inclusive, I will assume you read it and we can consider what is on the inside of the MC001-BD covered. Although the TV tuner is marked as an option, all of the units, not just the Blu-ray model have these included. The unit tested today offers the DVB-T connection for said tuner, since I am from the ATSC camp, I won't be able to give Windows Media Center a try with this tuner. What really impresses me is that ARCTIC was able to get all of those components into a chassis that is 40mm wide, 143mm deep and 266mm tall. I have books on shelves bigger than this.
Not really covered in the specs chart is the externals of the MC-001. They don't cover that there is a two piece construction that is made of sleek, shiny black plastic that will match any HTPC environment. Nor do they cover that the other half of this construction is made from a thick piece of aluminum to aid the internal heat sinks like I covered in the intro. The last thing they don't cover is how good this thing looks once you have it sitting beside the TV.
The availability isn't really a question. You can locate these MC001-BD systems from ARCTIC directly for the cost of $629.95. I was able to locate a US version of this stateside for just over $600 for the unit. Of course the EU market has its listings as well, but mathematically they are all pretty close across the board once the currency is converted.
This is where I have my largest issue with this unit. For this sort of money I could even get a better laptop with an HDMI port to do just about the same thing, but then things like the Audio Relay I got included with my kit, wouldn't work, nor would some of the other accessories that make this unit so easy to use and navigate, even if you haven't owned an HTPC system before.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [ARCTIC MC001-BD Entertainment Center PC]
- Page 5 [Inside the ARCTIC MC001-BD Entertainment Center PC]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [K481 Wireless Keyboard with Multi-Touch Pad]
- Page 8 [MCR1 IR Media Center Remote Control]
- Page 9 [Audio Relay Wireless Media Extender]
- Page 10 [Audio Relay Accessories]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- Ubisoft's latest 'The Breach' trailer for Rainbow Six: Siege
- Quentin Tarantino explains his love for 70mm, says it trumps digital
- Man gets shot, instead of calling the cops, he grabs an Uber home
- New Fallout 4 mod dramatically overhauls in-game landscapes
- Apple rumored to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone
- wifi card for gigabyte x99m gaming 5 microatx
- Newly built PC won't boot
- Spectre (2015) Cinema Movie Review
- New ASUS Notebook: Event Log flooding with Event ID 17 warnings from WHEA-Logger
- Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Graphics Performance Tweak Guide
- BRAVEN Balance, the Active Lifestyle Bluetooth Speaker Now Available
- COGITO FIT WINS DESIGN FOR ASIA AWARD
- SP/ Silicon Power Announces Flagship CompactFlash Memory Card - Superior CF 1100X Born For Ultimate Performance
- Team Group Announces Neptune Gaming SO-DIMM Memory
- Cooltek Announces the Skall Series ATX Mid-tower Chassis