Mini PC

Like the styling of the Mac Mini but don't want to run OS X, or to give Apple your money? A bunch of small companies are branding AOpen's MiniPC and bundling it with a Linux-based OS pre-installed. The Koala Mini is $499 and comes with Ubuntu, while the folks behind the Linspire OS are selling the Linspire Mini pictured above for about $399, or you can get the barebones AOpen version for between $250 to $300.

AOpen MP915-B Barebone Mini PC [eHomeUpgrade]

Koala Mini [system76]

Linspire Mini [eHomeUpgrade]