Soltek Qbic EQ2000

Although there are a number of SFF solutions out there that can offer designs that look similar to Shuttle's, only one is really able to offer something that's unique and stylish enough to actually be considered to be better than Shuttle's. Soltek's Qbic follows the same basic cube approach however the front panel is a reflective, meaning the front of your computer is a mirror. The design is quite stylish, but obviously that is dependent upon your individual tastes in the end:

Soltek manages to outclass Shuttle in the number of front panel ports with their Qbic as you can see from the shot below:

We count two optical audio ports (input and output), the usual two 1/8" jacks and two USB 2.0 ports, but Soltek goes above and beyond the competition with a total of three front-mounted Firewire ports.

The rear of the Qbic has a very flexible 4 USB 2.0 ports, and a cutout for a parallel port at the top of the box although no port ships with the system.

What's most unique about the rear of the Qbic is that the expansion slot retention bracket is held in place by thumbscrews, meaning that installing a video card or any other expansion card is done completely toolless.

Inside the SB52G2 Soltek's Cluttered Interior
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - link

    Oops -- I should've included this:
    http://www.compuplus.com/insidepage.php3?sid=92hz3...

    The above link has a "spec sheet". Takes a P4 up to 2.8G, etc. etc.
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  • Anonymous User - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - link

    MSI has a new "MegaPC" SFF PC with built-in stereo tuner (has a spiffy LCD on the front), model MS6251. If anyone has any experiences with this one, esp. with Linux, please let me know -- I'm emailable at:
    liberty@eskimo.com
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  • Odeen - Thursday, August 07, 2003 - link

    Speaking of taking up space on the desk...

    Is it just me, or is it more "efficient" to have a PC on the floor where you'd otherwise have... floor (under a desk, or near it) than to have a cube PC take up desk space that you can otherwise use?
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  • Odeen - Thursday, August 07, 2003 - link

    Well, except that the keyboard is two inches thick, there is no AGP slot, the chipset is SiS, and the performance _really_ stinks. :(

    Build an nForce2 IGP in there, let it use standard drives and memory, and make it as inexpensive as shuttle boxen, and it'll be worthwhile :)
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  • joedivino - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - link

    There is an alternative to the Box PC. It is called the "zero-footprint-pc" by Cybernet, it is a complete Pentium 4 based PC inside a normal size keyboard. The CUBE PC types are nothing more than a mini-tower still taking desk space. The Keyboard PC does not take any more than a keyboard on your desktop. Reply

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