Clearly, Minipc.jp isn't looking to win any design awards for their lineup of somewhat wee PCs. No problem, these kits are aimed at bespectacled roll-your-lowners not Shibuya fashionistas. The obvious change in this model is the fan. The new LS800A moves it from the top like the LF870
it replaces, and onto the side. The dimensions, however, remain unchanged at 4.5-inches tall -- not very "mini
" by today's standards. They've added a DVI jack as standard now, an option for 2x gigabit Ethernet ports, external SATA, and support for PCI Express X1 (low profile) add-in cards. Otherwise, things look pretty much the same: stuff the box with any Core 2 Duo, Core Duo, Core Solo, or Celeron M processor of your choosing, up to 2GB of DDR2 memory (2x PCS-5300), up to 2x internal 3.5-inch SATA hard disks, 6x USB 2.0, Firewire, 802.11b/g WiFi, S/PDIF output, Intel 945GM Express graphics, optional DVD writer and more. Expect this blackest of black boxes to pop for Japan later this month starting at ¥59,850 (about $493) -- yeah, without a CPU or HDD. Catch the LS800A in a fit of hot geeky sexiness after the break.