This little PC packs both a big punch and a big pricetag.
On Wednesday, Stealth introduced the LPC-680 LittlePC, a compact mini PC using Intel's second generation Core i-Series processors. The mini-rig is about the size of a hardback novel, measuring 6.5 x 6-inches and less than 2-inches in height. Despite its size, don't expect to pay Raspberry Pi prices, as the base model starts at a hefty $1,495 USD.
"The Stealth Model: LPC-680 is the most powerful and advanced small form PC we have offered to date," said Ed Boutilier CEO of Stealth.com Inc. "Our full featured machine utilizes the new second generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7/i5/i3 mobile processor family and we believe it competes for the most processing power per square inch of any personal computer available today. It is also our first small PC with USB 3.0 connectivity."
The specs reveal the little machine to sport two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one DVI-I port, one DisplayPort, one Gigabit LAN port, optional Wi-Fi 802.11n, an optional RS232 Serial port and optional Line In/Out Audio ports. It also supports up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory, and up to 750 GB of storage via a built-in 2.5-inch HDD.
The base model sports Intel's Celeron B710 clocked at 1.6 GHz. However users have three other CPU options: the Core i3-2330M (2.2 GHz) for an extra $235; the Core i5-2540M (2.6 GHz) for an extra $299; and the Core i7-2620M (2.7 GHz) for an extra $420. Customers can also upgrade the DVD burner to a Blu-ray burner, or move the internal storage up to the next level using an SSD (the 480 GB model is an added $925 to the base cost).
That said, the base model with a starting cost of $1,495 includes the Celeron CPU, a 160 GB HDD, DVD burner, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, two USB 2.0 ports on the front, two USB 3.0 ports on the back, DVI-I, DisplayPort and Gigabit LAN. There's no operating system, no Wi-Fi connectivity and no added input devices. Users do receive an AC adapter, a 1-year warranty and panel/wall mount brackets.
"The LPC-680 operates from an external 20VDC power adapter (included) or can be connected to an external DC source of 12 to 20VDC, ideal for mobile and in-vehicle applications," the company said. "Systems are compatible with Microsoft Windows 7/XP, Linux etc and can be custom configured to meet the exact needs of the end user."
More information about the new mini PC can be accessed here.