Despite its shiny gloss finish, it's the bulk of BFG's Phobos home theater PC that becomes questionable here. We recall having a PC this size back in 1999 when using an extra desktop PC in the living room to play movies on the big screen was ubercool. But now, it's hard to say we're in love anymore...
Especially with other options such as using your PS3 to stream media to your big screen, high definition video today doesn't require you to plop a big slab of computer hardware right in the middle of your living room. That said, perhaps there still remains a niche for this very niche product.
Features include a single-pieced aluminum body tastefully coated in glossy black paint. The DVD drives are slot-loading, the USB/SD card reader pops up from the case, and there's even a nice hidden slot to dock your iPhone on the top of the system. There's even a touch interface in the front that allows booting and one-touch tweaks to your hardcore system.
However, quite frankly, the Phobos is huge. Easily the biggest tower we've ever seen. The bang for buck isn't too alluring either. Pricing starts at $3,000 (but can easily be upgraded with features that exceed $10k). Meanwhile, we think ASUS is going more in the right direction with products such as their HTPC keyboard (which we're still dying to get our hands on, btw).
Then again, perhaps we're thinking too far ahead and nitpicking what could be a great HTPC for those who can afford it. What do you think, readers?