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The µDMS P60 measures only 230 x 197 x 42mm (LxWxH) and weighs in at a svelte 1.3kg – not your average PC then. Inside you’ll find an Intel Core Duo T2300 CPU, clocked at 1.6GHz – although an upgrade to the 1.83GHz T2400 chip will only set you back £47, which is well worth it. Supporting the CPU is 512MB of DDR2 memory – the P60 can take up to 2GB and with the multi-tasking possibilities at your disposal thanks to the dual core processor, it might be worth going for as much memory as you can afford.
Being such a tiny machine, the P60 uses a 2.5in notebook hard disk. My review unit shipped with an 80GB drive, but Hi-Grade also offers 40, 60 and 100GB options. I wouldn’t recommend going for anything smaller than the 80GB seen here, after all you’re going to be recording TV and storing your music on this thing. Of course if you want to offload your recorded content so that you can watch it elsewhere, you can make use of the integrated, slot loading DVD writer.
The µDMS uses the Intel integrated graphics chipset, which grabs a little bit of system memory. This means that you’re not going to be playing any recent 3D games on this machine, but that’s a fair compromise for a PC this small. That’s not to say that a version won’t appear with discrete graphics though – after all, you can get a notebook running a mobile GeForce 7800 GTX chipset.
There’s a TV tuner inside the µDMS, although it’s only an analogue model. Of course Hi-Grade will be offering a digital tuner as an option, but given that this is such an early sample, it shipped with an analogue model.
Connection wise, the µDMS has pretty much every base covered. You’ve got an Ethernet adapter that supports both 10/100 and Gigabit standards. There’s a 56k modem, which will let you take advantage of the caller ID feature in Media Center. For wireless connectivity there’s an 802.11a,b,g module and integrated Bluetooth – the latter enabling you to transfer photos directly from your mobile phone.
The µDMS can be orientated in two ways. You can stand it flat on its integrated rubber feet, or you can place it sideways using the supplied smoked plastic stand – the stand even has cut-outs in the side that line up with the heat vents in the machine. Also, when the machine is stood on its side, the power button is conveniently directly on the top, rather than on the side.