With the advent of the mini-PC, a completely new industry has been born. Well, maybe it isn't so new anymore, but what started out almost as a novelty has matured into a major craze in the enthusiast market. Today's mini-PCs come in a broad range of flavors with a wide variety of features. Sitting high atop the list of unique mini-PCs is ASUS' latest offering, the S-press Deluxe (S1-P111) mini-barebones PC.
As the "deluxe" name implies, the S-presso Deluxe is the most feature laden of two models ASUS is offering. The standard model follows a more typical mini-PC approach, while the Deluxe brings some unique options not commonly found in other offerings. The main selling point of the S-presso Deluxe is its InstantON option, allowing users to power up the unit in a matter of seconds to access MP3 files, Music CDs, TV, Radio, DVDs and more. Clearly, ASUS wanted to deliver something different and as you will see, the S-presso Deluxe was not born from the typical mini-PC mold.
With the goal being an innovative system that can be the centerpiece of your home entertainment needs, the S-presso Deluxe has a lot of features to help it live up to expectations. Today, we're going to assess all of the features of the S-presso Deluxe in detail, from general construction to installation and overall usability. In the end, we hope to paint a clear picture of what the ASUS S-presso has to offer and see just how it might fit into your multimedia PC game plan.
|Chassis Dimension(inches): 9.5W x 7.1H x 13D
Material: SECC, ABS
Motherboard Model: P4P8T
CPU Support Socket: 478
Chipset North Bridge: Intel 865G
Chipset South Bridge: ICH 5
IDE Interface: ATA 100
Expansion Slots: AGP x 1, PCI x 1
Graphics Chipset: Intel Extreme Graphics Integrated
Audio: 6 Channel
Drive Bays: 5.25"/3.5"/Slim: 1/1/0
Front Panel: USB 2.0: 2
S/PDIF: Optical Out
Rear Panel: USB 2.0 4
When we opened the package, we found a complete collection of hardware, software, manuals and other documentation included with the S-presso Deluxe. The bundle included a series of installation CDs including the InstantON software, InterVideo's Home Theater 2 and a Drivers/Setup disk. Additionally, ASUS provided superb documentation with a Software User's Guide, Hardware User's Guide and Quick Setup diagram. The S-presso Deluxe also came with a full-sized remote control as well as the batteries to power it. A copper-base heat pipe CPU cooler is included to marry up to a socket 478 Pentium 4, which doubles as a case fan in an effort to control system noise. Lastly, was the cabling to support a number of the unit's features including FM Antenna, power cord, video-in, SATA, etc.
As we can see, ASUS supported the S-presso Deluxe with a solid compliment of periphery, leaving the user with little to desire. More so, some models will be offered with a DVD-ROM and Hard drive as well as an optional TV-Tuner, which was included with our review sample.
Next, we're going to take an in depth look at the S-presso Deluxe itself, then we'll see the unit in action and touch on all of the features it brings to the table.