VIA is updating its ARTiGO mini-desktop computer line with the addition of the ARTiGO A1150. It’s a barebones PC kid that comes with a Pico-ITX motherboard, a tiny case, and a 1 GHz VIA Eden X2 64-bit dual core processor.
The system also has a VIA VX900H media system processor. The low power chip can handle HD video playback in MPEG2, DivX, WMV9, VC1, and H.264 formats, which could make the little computer a good choice for a home theater PC.
The kit doesn’t include a hard drive, memory, or operating system, but there’s optional 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGA ports, Gigabit LAN, and support for up to 4GB of DDR 1066 MHz RAM and a 2.5 GHz hard drive or solid state disk.
Last year the company released a similar box called the ARTiGO A1100 with a 1.2 GHz VIA Nano processor and VX855 media processor. The new A1150 is available from the VIA online store for $260, while the A1100 is still available for $238.