updated 01:40 pm EDT, Fri October 5, 2007
Xtreme XN1 Desktop
Breaking away from the portables that made its name, Xtreme Notebooks has released the 22-inch Xtreme XN1, a direct challenger to Sony's VAIO L. The all-in-one is billed as both a power-saving alternative to a full-sized desktop and as a media center PC: basic versions can ship with more miserly integrated graphics and a basic 1.86GHz desktop Core 2 Duo but ramp up to a GeForce Go 7600 mobile video chipset and a 2.93GHZ Core 2 Extreme when gaming and HD video viewing are more important. An HD DVD drive is an option in the new system as is dual digital TV tuners that can pick up one show while playing another.
Those who turn the XN1 into a DVR system can optionally load up exceptional levels of storage, the PC maker says: users can outfit up to two 1TB hard drives and pool their resources together in a RAID. Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, and Wi-Fi are also unusual additions to desktops. Xtreme offers the core system now for $1,599 with 512MB of RAM and a 200GB hard drive and also sells a smaller 19-inch version for $1,486.