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CompuLab's "World's Smallest" PCs Finally Available

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November 19, 2011 5:15:11 PM

Neat if I had a lot of money, I'd buy one for my living room.
November 19, 2011 5:39:43 PM

I wonder how this will do against the Giada APU PCs? They didn't work well as HTPCs for XBMC, but this might.
November 19, 2011 5:47:29 PM

so its this suppose to replace htpc's? think not
November 19, 2011 6:04:21 PM

Well, someone has to ask - But, will it play CRYSIS?

xurwinso its this suppose to replace htpc's? think not

Why not?
November 19, 2011 6:15:44 PM

Just in time for the holidays. Genius!
November 19, 2011 6:19:21 PM

Not a bad little device for the tv room or even for the kids. Good to see this kind of technology hitting the market.
November 19, 2011 7:12:18 PM

Guess that have not seen the Zotac offerings. Similar specs only slightly bigger and cheaper. Oh yeah, the remotes work.

I think I will stick to mITX for HTPC's since I can load up on hard drive space if needed or add a blu-ray reader if needed.
November 19, 2011 7:53:10 PM

Don't bother giving us the overall dimensions TH....that would haven been helpful.
November 19, 2011 7:57:13 PM

iamtheking123Don't bother giving us the overall dimensions TH....that would haven been helpful.


By the looks of the USB ports, I would say maybe 7" x 7"?
November 19, 2011 8:23:43 PM

So is that case ribbed for her pleasure?

Sorry, I had to do it :p 
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November 19, 2011 8:23:59 PM

What a terrible article. We not only don't get the actual dimensions, the picture contains no standard object to reference the size. This is like writing an piece on the worlds smallest man, and not telling his height or showing pictures of him next to something we would recognize.
November 19, 2011 8:31:08 PM

GreedoWhat a terrible article. We not only don't get the actual dimensions, the picture contains no standard object to reference the size. This is like writing an piece on the worlds smallest man, and not telling his height or showing pictures of him next to something we would recognize.

"PALM SIZE"....(Look at your hand)... :D 


Very cool, i've been thinking about building a pc for my car for years, and this would be a great alternative. Also I like southernshark's idea, buy one for the living room. You know, i'm not an ati fanboy, but i'd like to say that for what it is, this looks like a great buy. Definately considering buying one if not more. Hopefully they get the bugs worked out.
November 19, 2011 8:38:19 PM

KonstantinDKWell, someone has to ask - But, will it play CRYSIS?Why not?


Someone beat you to it, but the comment received a lot of negative votes. I'm guessing most just assumed it was some idiot spamming the comments.

robertking82881but will it play crysis?


Legitimately, I too am honestly curious as to if this will play Crysis, BF3, MW3 or other games, alike.

I'm also curious to know if something like this is suitable for public machines, like at libraries, Internet cafe's and so forth. After all, the price is right, but what it all comes down to is machine lag after a full day's use of multi-tasking with multiple browser sessions and continuous use of MS Office products (mostly MS Word and then MS Excel to a lesser extent). Also, maybe a little bit of Adobe Photoshop. Where I work, these applications are installed on our computers, which are old and barely run, but they work. They aren't needed for gaming, though.

What would be sweet is a built-in TV tuner, or better yet, a built-in Ceton InfiniTV card, where you can just slip in a CableCard and turn this into a PVR (or is it DVR, I forget). I think this device alone is $299, so that would nearly double the cost of this machine in the lower end models.
November 19, 2011 8:42:30 PM

Would like to mod this into something...Thats always my first thought, how do I void a warranty on this thing!
November 19, 2011 8:47:42 PM

I can see this going into my car =D
November 19, 2011 9:33:58 PM

Finally a personal computer that can be smuggled into prison, and ribbed too. No more worrying about it falling out when you squat and cough.

Seriously though, I could easily find room for this inside my xigmatek elysium. I could have a computer within a computer for when I just want to post on Tom's. (don't quote me and edit "post" to say "troll" and then say you fixed it for me)
November 19, 2011 10:06:04 PM

Why not SSD? Something this small is designed with portability in mind; try shaking around an HDD. The smaller a device is, the more likely to be tossed around.
November 19, 2011 10:28:56 PM

brickmanBy the looks of the USB ports, I would say maybe 7" x 7"?

GreedoWhat a terrible article. We not only don't get the actual dimensions, the picture contains no standard object to reference the size. This is like writing an piece on the worlds smallest man, and not telling his height or showing pictures of him next to something we would recognize.

It's 6.3 x 6.3 x 0.98 inches
November 20, 2011 3:44:11 AM

I consider devices like Androids, iPhones, PDAs &c to be computers. They are much smaller than this. Heck there are many devices much smaller than smart phones that are classified as computers.
November 20, 2011 3:50:04 AM

CamikaziSo is that case ribbed for her pleasure?Sorry, I had to do it

Yes, and its 'palm sized' remember?
;) 
November 20, 2011 11:31:42 AM

Not bad.
November 20, 2011 10:24:19 PM

upgrade_1977"PALM SIZE"....(Look at your hand)...
This product would be more impressive if I had really tiny hands.
November 20, 2011 10:33:03 PM

JOSHSKORNSomeone beat you to it, but the comment received a lot of negative votes. I'm guessing most just assumed it was some idiot spamming the comments.Legitimately, I too am honestly curious as to if this will play Crysis, BF3, MW3 or other games, alike.I'm also curious to know if something like this is suitable for public machines, like at libraries, Internet cafe's and so forth.
Will this play Crysis? No. Look at the GPU specs-a 6320. If you look here you'll see how far below an 8800GT that is: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...
And you'll want at minimum an 8800 for Crysis.

Secondly, the price is not right. It's weaker than the $299 OEM desktop deals--these CPUs are very anemic and far shy of the performance of a decent Core 2 Duo/Athlon II.

When they start putting Llano CPUs in them so they can actually play games, then they're worth $500 maybe (although I've seen $449 laptops with Radeon 6620G's in them and laptops come with keyboard and screen). I honestly don't think they should cost more than the $299 netbooks with "Bobcat" CPUs since the lack of a screen should offset the small form factor cost.

Now I like the direction these systems are going as 90% of users don't need anything better than this--my Dad mostly only plays Civilization 4 and the rest of my family doesn't game at all. But these things should be more in the vein of the original Commodore64--a great price point for a system that includes everything you need with no peripherals. When you get them down to a $250 entry system and $500 for moderate gaming, they'll end up in every home and be the standard computer of the future.
November 21, 2011 1:17:23 AM

This will make a fantastic carputer.
November 21, 2011 4:02:16 AM

CamikaziSo is that case ribbed for her pleasure?Sorry, I had to do it
There have been two porn-related articles on Tom's this weekend, so it's really their fault for drawing attention to the word "ribbed". No need to apologize if there's nothing to forgive. ;-D
November 21, 2011 7:20:12 AM

how expensive! Wait until raspberry pie comes out!
November 21, 2011 2:39:12 PM

I purchased a barebones fit-pc2 a couple of weeks ago. I converted it to a Class 1 Div 1 compliant remote workstation. Operators love it. They do not have to climb endless flights of stairs to check results when they have to make a manual adjustment.

These devices are not high powered and never will be. Their is a large market for these devices in manufacturing. They are cheap and expendable much like a thin client, only with a little more kick.
November 21, 2011 5:18:36 PM

My pc is smaller: Galaxy S2 with Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and miniUSB to HDMI :) 
January 26, 2013 11:04:06 AM

The ribbed version is a guaranteed dust collector. And that's not the only reason why I like my palm-sized pleasure units to be smooth. ;) 
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