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Aleutia H1 Hotel PC review

Barry de la Rosa
7 Jul 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
412.85
inc VAT and delivery

The silent running will please those looking for a quiet PC, but its price means it can't compete with the similar but cheaper Acer Revo.

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Specifications

1.6GHz Intel Atom 230, 2.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows Vista Home Basic

Aleutia is not a well-known brand in the UK, but it's making a lot of friends in far-flung places due to its specialisation in low-powered, Linux-based PCs for use with solar power in developing countries.

The H1 uses Nvidia's Ion chipset and is Aleutia's first Windows-powered nettop, but it's also available with Linux. You can buy a Deluxe version, with a dual-core Atom processor and WiFi, for £50 extra. There's also a version with a 30GB SSD instead of the 320GB hard disk for the same price, and you can choose other processors when ordering.

The H1 is roughly the size of a car stereo, and will happily fit under a monitor stand or on a shelf. You'll have to make sure you don't block the perforated metal vents on the case, though, as the H1 relies on passive cooling. This also means there aren't any noisy fans, so if you need a quiet PC, this is ideal.

Like Acer's Revo, the H1 can run Windows Vista rather than Windows XP. This is partly due to the faster graphics processor and partly because there's 2GB of RAM. You can optionally upgrade this to 4GB for £25 when ordering, or add your own memory thanks to the free slot.

Since Aleutia doesn't include a monitor, mouse or keyboard with the H1, it's easy to compare it with the Aspire Revo. The H1 has a 320GB hard disk - twice the size of the Revo's - but no WiFi or memory card reader. The Revo lacks the H1's DVI output, but both have VGA and HDMI outputs.

In fact, aside from the hard disk and the H1's three-year return-to-base warranty, which is three times longer than the Revo's, there's nothing to justify the steep price. For just a little more money, you could buy two Revos. The only way to slash the H1's price is to opt for Linux rather than Windows, which saves an astonishing £200.

Both machines were at the bottom of our benchmark charts, but no-one will be buying the H1 for its performance. The silent running and small size are its strengths, but these aren't enough for it to compete with the much cheaper Revo.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Atom 230
Processor external bus133MHz (533MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx12
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Processor socketSocket 437
Level 1 cache56K
Level 2 cache512KB
Memory2.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory4GB
Motherboard chipsetNvidia nForce 740i SLI
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle21W
Power consumption active29W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)0/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini-ITX
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots1
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital WD3200BEKT-00F3T0
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity320GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Nvidia Geforce 9400M
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundNvidia HD Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelN/A
Optical drive type(s)N/A

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
Keyboardnone
Mousenone

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Basic
Operating system restore optionWindows disc, backup USB flash drive

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB
Price£413
Detailswww.aleutia.com

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