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With Tranquil PC's ixL you're paying a premium price for a premium product. Barring machines based on Intel's underpowered Atom processor, we can't think of another PC that runs absolutely silently and offers the potential for no moving parts, all in a small and attractive chassis. Build quality is also second to none, but the ixL's lack of a Blu-ray drive option may limit its appeal even for those who can afford it.

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July 26, 2010, 3:55 pm

It's difficult to tell from the images, but is the slot-drive eject button on the left of the drive slot? If so, I presume this position limits the drives it would be compatible with. The Silverstone slim Blu-ray drive looks like it would be compatible, with its eject button on the left. If anyone knows for sure, can you let me know?


July 26, 2010, 4:16 pm


It is indeed to the left. As to drive compatibility, if you have any doubts it's best to confirm with Tranquil PC directly.


July 26, 2010, 8:53 pm

Thanks for replying. I have a couple more questions, if you'd be so gracious:

- is the external PSU bulky or fairly compact?

- do the hard drive mounts (particularly 3.5") have noise-dampening rubber grommets?


July 27, 2010, 1:55 pm

@pimlicosound: I have this case but am not a t home so will have to go from memory. PSU depends on your definition of bulky or compact :-) It's a 90 W model so is of a fair size but certainly not huge - I'll try to remember to get you exact dimensions when I get home. The 3.5" hard drive bay does have some rubber around the holes where the drive screws in. Not plugged one in yet so can't comment on their effectiveness. Some small spacers (not rubber) are provided for the 2.5" hard drive. I have an older 2.5" hard drive plugged in and can hear it when up close and all else is quiet but placed a few metres away and with movies/music on - even at a moderate level - then it isn't noticeable. Hopefully another six months will produce a SSD price drop.


July 27, 2010, 2:21 pm


No problem :)

To davef's helpful comment I would just like to add that with the 2.5in drive in our ixL, vibration is virtually inaudible.

The external PSU is fairly long at approx. 14.5cm, but other dimensions are compact with a width of 5.9cm and height of around 3.5cm. Hope that helps.

Chris Beach

July 27, 2010, 4:26 pm

The other difference between the i3 and i5 is that the i5 has the core boosting it can reduce the speed of one core and boost the other on single threaded tasks. I found this when looking for a laptop, so it may not apply to the desktop models.


July 27, 2010, 5:44 pm

Thanks for the quick responses.

I think the barebones model would be ideal to upgrade into a high-end but compact HTPC. £1000 would get you the i3 model with 4GB RAM, 64GB fast SSD, 2TB hard disk, Blu-Ray drive, dual digital tuner card with remote, and Windows 7. Pricey, but I'd happily pay for the silence and built quality, and for one device to "do everything".

Craig Bissett

July 27, 2010, 11:31 pm

Over at Tranquils Media site (AVA MEDIA) the have a full blown

iXL media centre, with Blu ray, tv tuners, ssd and desktop drives.

The price is not listed yet, but it shows the potential of the chassis.

Paul Bateman

October 24, 2010, 11:45 pm

Regardless of what you buy from Tranquil, the minute it goes wrong (and it will) you're left with only so much scrap iron because Tranquil have neither the interest or ability to repair its products.

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