While companies like Dell and Lenovo are trying to enter the home theater PC market at the low end, with unassuming processors and nary a Blu-ray drive to brag about, Okoro is heading in the opposite direction with its new OMS-BX300 "Blu-ray Digital Entertainment System." Forget an Intel Atom or AMD Athlon CPUIntel's high-performance Core i7 920 2.66GHz processor anchors this HTPC, along with 6GB of DDR3 memory. It doesn't slouch on the other components, either, including a bevy of graphics cards: the ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB for solid gaming and options for multiple HD tuner cards (including CableCard support).
To record video off those cards, the OMS-BX300 includes a pair of 2TB hot-swappable hard drives in RAID Level 1 configuration; it also comes with a 64GB solid state drive, no doubt to speed up boot times. A pair of Blu-ray drives handle recordable media duties, and the Radeon HD 4850's 7.1 LPCM audio support lets you output surround sound audio via HDMI. Other connections include component-video, S-video and optical audio outputs. Finally, you get the option to get SageTV Media Center 6.5 pre-installed if you're not a Windows Media Center fan.
Sounds like a dream living-room systemif you can afford it. The OMS-BX300 starts at $3,095, though it's pretty stacked for that price. Upgrade options include an additional ATI TV Wonder Digital CableCard Tuner ($300), more storage ($250 for 6TB, $550 for 8TB), and some keyboard upgrades. The costliest add-on is a touch pad remote, which tacks on another $800 for well-heeled couch potatoes. For the price, you could buy a handful of nettops, but if you're looking for your one main PC to hook to your HDTV, the price is a little easier to swallow.