CompuLab's "World's Smallest" PCs Finally Available
CompuLab is claiming "world's smallest" with the launch of its palm-sized PC, the Fit-PC3.
Softpedia reports that CompuLab has finally shipped what it calls the "world's smallest" PC, the Fit-PC3 desktop computer. Now available in a standard or "ribbed" case, the palm-sized PC comes packed with a dual-head HDMI 1.3 and DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 eSATA ports, an RS232 mini-serial port, and three connections for audio including S/PDIF 7.1. There's even space for two sticks of memory, a hard drive, and wireless modules.
Current prices range from the barebones $328 model to the high-end $698 model packed with Windows 7 Professional, a 1.65 GHz AMD G-T56N dual core 18W "Bobcat" APU with Radeon HD 6320 graphics, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, an hard drive with 250 GB of space and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. Overall there are 14 configurations to choose from, depending on your needs and budget.
Looking over the specs of all fourteen models (five of which are "out of stock"), these palm-size PCs use four different APUs provided by AMD: the 1.0 GHz G-T40E dual-core 6.4W processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics, the 1.0 GHz G-T40N dual-core 9W processor with Radeon HD 6290 graphics, the 1.2 GHz G-T44R single-core 9W processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics, and the 1.65 GHz G-T56N dual core 18W processor with Radeon HD 6320 graphics.
Softpedia notes that the 500 MHz Radeon HD 6310 graphics core is capable of handling 1080p Blu-ray content. However the 280 MHz Radeon HD 6250 doesn't have the ability to handle Blu-ray content, and instead only offers H.264, VC-1 and MPEG2 hardware decoding capabilities.
Because this is a "pilot" batch, the company notes that the IR receiver is not functional, and some 3rd-party DDR3 SODIMM modules actually may not work, so only stick with the SODIMM modules that are supplied with the unit. End-users are advised to postpone purchases until later production runs, but there's a 2 unit limit in place nonetheless.
More information about the various Fit-PC3 configurations can be found here.