The minimal, shiny front sports a dual-layer DVD-RW drive and a nifty 3-in-1 card reader. The GE1 can be positioned either flat or on its side. Out of the box, you also get a remote control for lazy access to Windows XP Media Center edition, plus a wireless keyboard and mouse - something the Mac mini lacks. We found setup and general use straightforward.
A peek round the back showed a decent line-up of ports but the biggest boon is the built-in Wi-Fi card supporting 802.11a/b/g. We connected to the PC Advisor wireless LAN without a hitch. This could be hidden away and still be a media star.
For the price, the GE1 is fairly loaded, specs-wise. You won't get much joy with the likes of Doom3, but for all-purpose media use, it passes muster. It has an Intel Mobile Pentium M 740 processor running at 1.73GHz and an 80GB hard drive that's hampered by a slow 5400RPM spin speed. It uses a PCI Express chipset.
Our WorldBench test revealed a score of 81. Average, but considering the form factor, it's not bad.
The Mac mini is cheaper and better-styled but the GE1 has Windows Media Center and comes with a keyboard and mouse. Even more impressive is AJP's three-year warranty.