The iDEQ 300G is a much more serious device. You know it as soon as you take it out of its box. Everything, from the painting to the functional front panel, cries loud that this barebone belongs to the vast clan of multimedia centers. There’s everything necessary to claim the title of “media-PC”: a big and informative display, buttons for directly controlling the media player, volume controls, a remote control, and a stylish exterior. The only drawback here, and one that seems to have become a common flaw of all such devices, is the oversensitive-to-touch plastic. So, if you are going to frequently use all the functions of the device, get ready a piece of clean cloth for wiping your fingerprints off.
The front panel is designed most appropriately: the single decorative cover conceals the optical drive only, while the interface connectors and the card-reader are easily accessible.
The front panel doesn’t differ from the classic iDEQ 210P in the number of connectors. The card-reader has the same functionality, too. When attached to the power mains, the device shows on its display the current time or the number and frequency of the selected radio station. The color of the display isn’t annoying, but it would be good to have some control over its brightness. You cannot disable the display in a dim room to watch a movie with comfort. It may also be disturbing at work, but this is rather a matter of habit.
The back panel of the iDEQ 300G differ from that of the iDEQ 210P. Particularly, the slots of the add-on cards have moved to another side. The exhaust fan is missing. You can notice such unusual things as a SATA connector and a connector for the enclosed FM antenna. Note also the third (!) expansion card with a network connector and two connectors for powering up a SATA drive. This seems to be the best implementation of external SATA for today, you know. It’s easy to put the interface connector proper on the rear panel, and I’ve seen examples of that, but some manufacturers forget about the power for an external SATA device.