Packard Bell, the third largest vendor of consumer desktops in Western Europe, has launched the first small-footprint Packard Bell iMax desktop PC to offer full-size power and expandability. All drives are set up in the front of the chassis giving quick and easy access but with a discrete and elegant stylish design.
The Packard Bell iMax has a sleek glossy black chassis which features brushed metal honeycomb side panels and soft curves. It is 60% smaller than a standard desktop chassis, yet provides quiet airflow cooling and tool-less expandability. It is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and 4 GB of memory. It has a 750 GB hard drive and is available with a Blu-Ray combo drive. Peripheral connectivity is made easy with six USB 2.0 connectors, one Firewire connector and a 15-in-1 card reader. Two of the USB ports and the card reader are front-mounted for easy access.
Multimedia performance is driven by NVIDIA GeForce 8600 graphics with Microsoft DirectX 10 and High Definition 7.1 surround sound with an SPDIF connector. An optional DVBT TV tuner with remote control and optional HDMI output are also available.
In terms of expandability, it has two memory slots, and two available PCI-Express slots (16X and 1X) and one PCI slot.
Networking is provided by a built-in 10/100 LAN port and wireless networking can be added by plugging in an optional Packard Bell Wi-Pen Wi-Fi adapter. For clutter-free usage, the Packard Bell iMax comes standard with a wireless keyboard and mouse and can be associated with a 22-inch Packard Bell Maestro flat-panel display. The Packard Bell iMax is preloaded with Windows Vista Premium and a full range of software from top-name vendors.