The fit-PC Slim is an ultra-compact Windows-capable PC that uses just 4 Watts of power.
While the fit-PC Slim may not be the world’s smallest PC, it sure is still impressive. Measuring a tiny 100mm x 110mm x 30mm in size, it is smaller than a 3.5-inch HDD and weighs only 380-grams. What is even more impressive is its power consumption, using just 4 to 6 W of power from a 12 V power supply.
The system uses an AMD Geode LX800 processor running at 500 MHz, which has a TDP of 3.6 W. The integrated display controller can support up to a 1920 x 1440 resolution display and the system is available with up to 512 MB of DDR 333 MHz soldered on-board memory. A 60 GB 2.5-inch HDD is optional, but along with the hard drive is the choice of a preloaded Windows XP Home or Linux operating system. Although the fit-PC Slim is not the fastest computer around, for simple tasks it should handle Windows XP fine.
Despite the small size, the designers of the fit-PC Slim were still able to fit quite a few ports on the system, such as a 100 Mbps Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, a mini serial port and audio ports. An integrated 802.11b/g WiFi option is also available, making the system an excellent choice for use as a wireless router. For those wishing the system had two Ethernet ports instead, to use the fit-PC Slim as a wired router, there exists an older model similar to the fit-PC Slim that does feature two Ethernet ports.
The fit-PC Slim is available in several configurations starting at $220, but the basic configuration lacks WiFi, comes with no HDD and has only 256 MB of RAM. A configuration with WiFi and 512 MB of RAM is available for $245, but to include a 60 GB HDD with Ubuntu and Gentoo preloaded in dual-boot mode will cost an extra $50. To have Windows XP Home preloaded instead will cost an additional $40.
A guy I know uses this for his everyday use and when he wants to play games, he loads up his gaming machine. That way, he saves on electricity.
In short - it's a nice really-lowcost product for people afraid of using screwdrivers, but with a bit more funding you can get a lot more computer with powersupply prepared for incar use (or another chassis for other purposes for that matter.
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