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Habey's Small Atom-Based PC is Fanless

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

This nifty little square computer looks more like a fancy router.

Electronista points the way to an ultra-compact PC from Hebay, the BIS-6620, that looks more like a fancy wireless router than a miniature computer. The device is ideal for "space-constrained" applications, measuring just 4.5-inches square and 1.5-inches in height. The BIS-6620 also touts low power consumption and a fanless design, keeping the noise non-existent while saving pennies in the process.

Under the hood, the BIS-6620 uses Intel's Poulsbo XL chipset and the Atom processor-- consumers can choose between the Z510 1.1 GHz (400 FSB) or Z530 1.6 GHz (533 FSB) processors. The integrated Intel Poulsbo GMA 500 graphics provides full hardware acceleration of H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, and WMV up to 1080p. That's not too shabby given its overall size.

As for other specs, the BIS-6620 takes up to 2 GB or DDR2 RAM. It also provides a 1.8-inch HDD or SSD bay with support for SATA II, and two additional slots make room for a CF reader and an SD reader. Two USB 2.0 ports are mounted on the front as well as the back for your favorite peripherals. The BIS-6620 also serves up a gigabit Ethernet port, wireless networking, and a few more goodies.

A second version, the BIS-6620-II, offers two additional USB 2.0 ports, a 4X COM port, and a DVI-D connection.

Pricing begins around $299, and consumers can choose to run Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Linux. Hebay said that the BIS-6620 is ideal for kiosks wanting to display HD content, however this would seem appropriate for the kitchen or bedroom without cluttering up table space.

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    td854 , February 23, 2010 8:37 PM
    299 dollars for what is essentially, a netbook without a screen or keyboard, no thanks.
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    racermx187 , February 23, 2010 8:56 PM
    I think with just an SSD this would be a really cool PC for the car. Movies, simple games, 3G internet, etc
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  • 14 Hide
    td854 , February 23, 2010 8:37 PM
    299 dollars for what is essentially, a netbook without a screen or keyboard, no thanks.
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    idisarmu , February 23, 2010 8:37 PM
    It needs an ssd to be 100% silent. I bet that hard drive will still be noisy, though I have no experience with 1.8" drives.
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    racermx187 , February 23, 2010 8:56 PM
    I think with just an SSD this would be a really cool PC for the car. Movies, simple games, 3G internet, etc
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    industrial_zman , February 23, 2010 9:14 PM
    it looks close to the pc-fit2 or the pc-fit2i, which have been out for a while. they are priced about the same. it would be neat if tom's could get one of each and test them out.
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    foody , February 23, 2010 9:37 PM
    td854299 dollars for what is essentially, a netbook without a screen or keyboard, no thanks.

    The word you're looking for is nettop.

    Though, I do agree with you, I wouldn't buy one either. There is a market for these though.
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    matt87_50 , February 23, 2010 10:20 PM
    add a 3.5" bay for a harddrive and this would be great for a file server/bittorrent client/ anything else that would have you leave your computer on overnight
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    shadow187 , February 24, 2010 12:34 AM
    This is actually really cool. Put it behind your TV and have it as a torrent-slave (not, of course, that I promote such shenanigans...), and you could have a 1080p home-theater.
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    td854 , February 24, 2010 1:53 AM
    foodyThe word you're looking for is nettop. Though, I do agree with you, I wouldn't buy one either. There is a market for these though.


    Yeah, I guess I was trying to point out that there's probably much better choices, the cheapest model Acer Revo for example is $200, comes with mouse and keyboard, and that leaves another $99 towards a screen (if you need one.)
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    anamaniac , February 24, 2010 6:02 AM
    Cool.

    Though I want it even smaller. -_-
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    axisman , February 24, 2010 9:16 AM
    Any idea on what temps this thing would run at? Would it survive an Australian summer, for instance?
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    zanraptora , February 24, 2010 11:44 AM
    ... This could fit in another computer... *grins widely*

    It's too easy, I ain't bringing up the meme...
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    spanspace , February 24, 2010 1:04 PM
    This one is better if you are using it for delivering HD content to a home entertainment setup. http://www.habeyusa.com/products_show.php?id=279&menu=1

    Its also made by the same company as the one in the article.
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    Camikazi , February 24, 2010 3:00 PM
    idisarmuIt needs an ssd to be 100% silent. I bet that hard drive will still be noisy, though I have no experience with 1.8" drives.

    My Archos 5 with a 60GB 1.8 inch HDD is silent, I have tried putting it up to my ear and I hear absolutely nothing. The HDDs are extremely tiny can't hear a sound from them.
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    Camikazi , February 24, 2010 3:03 PM
    matt87_50add a 3.5" bay for a harddrive and this would be great for a file server/bittorrent client/ anything else that would have you leave your computer on overnight

    You could get an external USB HDD and add it, more power but still much lower then a full comp. I would love one of these to run my PvPGN server on.
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    miloo , February 24, 2010 3:59 PM
    no more atom processor to me ~
    they are crazily slow ~ sorry mate
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    Camikazi , February 24, 2010 6:14 PM
    miloono more atom processor to me ~ they are crazily slow ~ sorry mate

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf5h6QxFleE
    Setup right, an Atom with right hardware can be good, like the Revo this person used for their setup. Sure it's not great for everything, but it has it's place.
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    etrnl_frost , February 24, 2010 6:16 PM
    miloo: They're good for certain things. For example, I'm using an Acer Aspire one with the Atom n270... And I'm running fine with between 7-10 apps (1GB RAM, Windows7). Detectably slower than with my htpc build (e8400, 4gb ram, vista), but for work purposes, this definitely suffices.

    I can definitely say that this thing could singlehandedly keep me warm if I was outside in the snow, though.
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2010 1:25 AM
    graphene minisupercomputer is what needed on today's market
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2010 4:47 PM
    Should have equipped it with the N450.