All-in-one, master of none
1 April 2005 | 0
As if proof were needed that the computer is rapidly becoming more than just a boring old work tool, then look no further than the Aveio, a new home entertainment PC from Yres Technologies.
The maker of Aveio is aiming to revolutionise the way that people keep themselves amused – by turning an ordinary PC into a kind of compact digital hub. According to the marketing blurb, this system includes all the best bits from high end PCs, home entertainment systems and games machines, and rolls them up into one handy package.
Available in two different models, the Aveio certainly comes with plenty of features. For starters there’s a CD-RW/DVD-RW combo drive onboard together with a TV tuner, which allows users to catch their favourite TV shows. But that’s just the beginning because this entertainment PC is powered by an Athlon XP 2600+ processor, has an 80Gbyte hard drive disk, an excellent Nvidia FX5200 8xAGP 128Mbyte graphics card, a 17in TFT display and Dolby 6.1 Surround Sound.
The Aveio is also chock-a-block with various slots and ports for connecting up peripherals etc. There are eight USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port and a 6-in-1 multi-memory reader and writer. If all this sounds good, then believe me it is. But if you’re expecting a ‘knock ’em dead’, full-on entertainment system, then you may end up disappointed because despite it’s many plus points, the Aveio remains just a glorified PC. This in itself wouldn’t be a problem if the system were cheaper than other personal computers, but with a starting price of EUR1,695 for the basic model, it isn’t really any cheaper than what you’d pay for a regular PC.
Don’t get me wrong; this system has plenty of things going for it. As well as plenty of connectivity options, it looks good and has a reasonable spec, but my feeling is that it will probably end up frustrating users because it attempts to be all things to all men and doesn’t quite carry it off. If you’re a big movie fan you’ll probably want to shell out for a high quality standalone DVD player rather than be stuck watching films via a PC monitor. Likewise, if you’re a hardcore gamer, then chances are that you’ll prefer to opt for a console instead. Having said that, the Aveio is worth considering if you’re not too precious about how you consume media.
Live! Verdict ***
An all-in-one entertainment PC that’s includes a whole host of features, but may not be enough to tempt real leisure fans.
Yres Aveio EUR1,695
Dimensions (LxWxH) 335 x 210x 180mm
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2600+ processor
Graphics: Nvidia FX 5200 128Mbyte graphics card
Hard disk: 80Gbyte
Drives: CD-RW/DVD ROM
Connectivity: 10/100 Ethernet Port, 6 USB 2 Ports; 2 Firewire 800 Ports; 6-in-1 multi-memory card reader and writer
Sound: Dolby 6.1 surround sound
Optical devices: Wireless keyboard and optical mouse
Screen: 17in flat-panel monitor