Sceptre SoundBar SB301524W combines speakers with mini PC

soundbarUS display monitor company Sceptre has taken the idea of a mini PC ‘turning any TV into a smart TV’ to another level with its new Sceptre SoundBar SB301524W.

It’s a combination 2.1-channel speaker system and mini PC rolled into one.

The audio side of things includes two two-inch 8-ohm speakers with a frequency response of 160Hz to 20kHz and an output power of 18-watts. It also comes with a three-inch subwoofer delivering 35-watts of power with a frequency range down to 65Hz.

On the mini PC side, the SoundBar runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a 1GHz single-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with built-in Mali-400 graphics engine. It comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of on-board flash. You also get Wi-Fi wireless networking covered, thanks to its 802.11b/g/n support.

It’s even capable of handling external storage – first, by SD card, up to 32GB; and second, by two USB2.0 ports able to take drives up to 2TB.

And finally, the unit has an HDMI output to connect into your TV.

The Sceptre SoundBar SB301524W is available online from a number of retails at a recommended retail price of $US299.

It’s only one of a number of soundbars Sceptre sells, including this same unit without the mini PC – the SB301524 – for $US249.

With only a single-core Cortex A9 CPU, the SoundBar SB301524W will likely feel a bit under-powered compared with some of the quad-core mini PCs running around at the moment. But it’s certainly a unique design and arguably the most unusual mini PC going around at the moment.

If you’re looking for a mini PC that is a little different, this would be definitely one to look for.

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