Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

A-Tech Fabrication Intros HeatSync 1200 Fanless Ultra-Slim HTPC

A-Tech Fabrication, a company that specializes in hand-crafted HTPCs, unveiled the HeatSync 1200 fanless HTPC. The part that makes it fanless is the chassis itself, which is made of aluminum, with fins on the sides, that dissipate heat. Copper heat pipes transfer heat from key components such as the CPU and chipset to the sides of the chassis, which takes care of the rest. Although most of the chassis is anodized black, with its front-panel, you can choose between silver and black options.

The HeatSync 1200 internally packs an Intel DH61AG thin mini-ITX motherboard, which seats an Intel Core i3-2100T dual-core 35W processor, clocked at 2.50 GHz. 4 GB Corsair Vengeance SO-DIMM memory comes standard. Also standard is the Intel SSD 310 40 GB mSATA SSD. Considering there are no mechanical hard drives, or a PSU with active-cooling (a 160W power-brick does the job), the HeatSync 1200 is literally silent. A consumer IR (CIR) receiver with Windows Media Center remote, and Windows 7 Home Premium make for the rest of it.

There are quite a few optional features, including 8 GB Corsair Vengeance SO-DIMM memory, 80 GB Intel SSD 310 mSATA SSD, Wireless b/g/n + Bluetooth combo mPCIe adapter, higher variants of Windows 7, and a smartphone dock that supports Apple iPhone. Measuring 355 x 219 x 35 mm, the HeatSync 1200 starts at US $1,399.Sources: FanlessTech, A-Tech Fabrication
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10 Comments on A-Tech Fabrication Intros HeatSync 1200 Fanless Ultra-Slim HTPC

#1
NHKS
as long as there is a fan in the room..
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#2
erixx
One general question:

All these thousands of devices that have a port announced as for 'ipods', also let you connect other similar devices like other brands mp3 players? How many hores and drugs and what not did Apple pay to these guys?

Edit: the device looks like it rocks : )
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: erixx

All these thousands of devices that have a port announced as for 'ipods', also let you connect other similar devices like other brands mp3 players? How many hores and drugs and what not did Apple pay to these guys?
I would think "none". iPods/iPhones are so popular anyone would want a piece of the cake.
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#5
theonedub
habe fidem
by: erixx
One general question:

All these thousands of devices that have a port announced as for 'ipods', also let you connect other similar devices like other brands mp3 players? How many hores and drugs and what not did Apple pay to these guys?

Edit: the device looks like it rocks : )
I would hope there is USB for everything else. Although with my Android phone I do 95% of my 'syncing' through the WiFi- which is a little more convenient for me.
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#6
wickerman
Silence is golden when it comes to HTPCs so this is well worth the money, but anyone willing to spend an afternoon could honestly build something comparable. My own HTPC running XBMC isnt actually fanless, but is cooled with a Antec Kuhler 620 modded into my cabinet along with dual 120mm low-speed fans. It's easily able to cool the 2100T, HD 6450, 4gb DDR3 1333, and 60gb SSD without making any noise you can hear. When you're right up to it plugging things in sure you'll notice the vibrations but even from a foot away you wouldn't know there is even a PC there.

But my set up is all about hiding the PC and I'm sure if you were inclined to have the PC front and center then this is the perfect solution as it is very elegant, no moving parts, and looks like it probably has the cooling capacity that it won't get excessively hot. At least not to the point you won't be rushing people to the burn ward every week. But for most people I still would suggest the DIY route. There are some nice mini itx cases out there and passive cooling is still possible outside the world of Atom and Fusion.

*edit*
Also I agree, even as an Apple fan I find a dock connector a bit silly since Apple finally has wifi sync capability like Android users do. And for content sharing AppleTV has Airplay AND even better, XBMC Eden now supports Airplay as well! So you can wireless stream your videos from your iOS device to your pc running XBMC. No AppleTV required. I have to give a shout out to XBMC for that, seriously if you are building a media center look up the software! Free, open source, windows, linux, OSX, iOS, and more to come.
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#7
[H]@RD5TUFF
Pricing seems pretty high for what you get . ..
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#8
craigo
That would look great in my living room. I'm unsure how effective marketing such a device to computer enthusiasts will be though. I would probably market through hi-fi stores
"One component to rule them all"
From a design and build quality perspective the Heatsinc 1200 looks to be of high quality.
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#9
HillBeast
Get rid of the pointless iPod dock and it would be a better product. I don't want/need any Apple product. My SGS2 can do everything an iPhone can do, and all without me selling my soul.
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#10
craigo
by: HillBeast
Get rid of the pointless iPod dock and it would be a better product. I don't want/need any Apple product. My SGS2 can do everything an iPhone can do, and all without me selling my soul.
SILLY COMPANY!! All those billions of iphone customers are wrong! why? because I bought something else, thats why!:cry:
stop liking what i dont like, stupid world!
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