Forget the gods being crazy: I might be a little nuts thinking Shuttle has an odd promotional tie-in with the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans. It's releasing limited editions of its new J Series small-form-factor desktop and X50 V2 all-in-one PC with designs based on the movie. The systems will be wrapped in a heroic-based skin and come pre-loaded with movies and wallpaper from the film, which will be opening on April 2 in 3D.
Beneath the (ancient Greek) Olympian-themed skin, the X50 V2 is based around the Intel "Pinetrail" Atom D510 dual-core CPU and GMA3150 integrated graphics. The first release features a 15.6-inch touchscreen, with multitouch support still to come. In contrast, the J Series is designed more for performance: While the entry-level SG41J1 supports last-generation Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, the SH55J2 can handle new Core i3 and i5 CPUs, and the SX58J3 is able to pack the latest Core i7 processors and supports ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI multiple graphics card solutions.
Personally, I wouldn't want any kind of special design on my PC, but I can see the appeal of limited-edition cases that are based on the buyer's favorite computer game. But the Clash of Titans videogame is a console-only release, so is there really a lot of pent-up anticipation for the movie that people will be expressing by buying one of these systems? Would you ever buy a new computer with a limited-edition design? Let us know what you think in the TalkBack section.