The fastest-growing area for computers in the past year has been the Small Form Factor barebone computers. That's why it seems every manufacturer lately has introduced a new SFF system in this market segment first created by Shuttle. As you have seen in our SFF reviews, most of the new SFF machines are just "me-too" boxes, but a few have stood out with thoughtful design or extremely quiet operation. However, only a few like Biostar or Soltek, have really challenged Shuttle's leadership in this market. It also seems that almost every new SFF is based on the Intel 865G chipset. With the popularity and value of the 865G, combined with the integrated Intel graphics, this is certainly understandable. It is rare, however, that a new 865G SFF stands out from the crowd.



The Jetway Magic Twin 865 does stand out in this increasingly crowded market. It is the first and only 2-user SFF that we have seen or heard about. Someone in Jetway obviously took a long hard look at the SFF market and asked how Jetway could distinguish themselves in the crowded 865 SFF market. Jetway's answer was the MiniQ 860Twin based on their proprietary 865GFT 2-user SFF motherboard.

So, what exactly is Magic Twin? What can it do?
  • 1 PC can be used by 2 users at the same time
  • 2 users can browse the internet, send and receive email at the same time
  • 2 users can access all software installed on the PC at the same time (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Data Base, games, etc.)
  • 2 users can play games against each other with a dual-port VGA card
Magic Twin looks like a pretty unique solution for a home with 2 kids doing homework, or even as a budget system where Dad or Mom can browse the Internet while a child is doing homework on the Jetway computer. Another interesting use would be the small business with a small budget, which describes just about every startup company. 2 users can share a small Jetway MiniQ computer, which is not very expensive and doesn't take up much space.

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  • Wesleyrpg - Friday, April 16, 2004 - link

    hmm, i wonder what the legal implications are for two users using the same piece of software at the same time (ie MS WORD). I bet if Micro$oft got wind of this they would demand two product licences be used. (which means two office installs and twice as much money)

    Anyone else agree?

    WES
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  • Zepper - Friday, April 16, 2004 - link

    Clever, but nothing really new. I haven't seen it for a while, but there was a video card that had outputs for four screens, kbds and mice. And you could put up to four of those in one computer. Worked with some tweaked version of Win.
    .bh.
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  • TallCoolOne - Friday, April 16, 2004 - link

    The first page of this article mentions that this system can be used for 2 player gaming. I know this is only a "First Look" article, but did AnandTech test this? It would be nice to know just how far this system can be pushed. ;) Also interesting would be to see if it can connect to a LAN game and be 'seen' as two separate computers in that environment.

    TC1
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  • JKing76 - Friday, April 16, 2004 - link

    Two words: Gimme key. Reply
  • reever - Friday, April 16, 2004 - link

    I don't think this would have many implications for the home user, but for public place like libraries or schools I think this this would help a lot of people out Reply

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