Small computers are always liked by people. The reasons are obvious they are ergonomic, environmental friendly since they only suck up about 4-6w(considering the number of PCs that are left on continuously that could add up to a big environmental – and cost – saving), silently, they have fanless designs and lets not forget cool. The first reason I can come up for buying a small computer its because it is cool, after the cool part I can think at the other advantages.
Lets start by saying a few words about Linutop a small computer that runs from a USB key. Without internal hard drive, linutop is more robust. It offers a completely silent, low-power operation in an extremely small package. It comes with optimized software to access the Web and Digital Contents (Text, Photos, Music & Videos). Its low energy consumption its very low compared to a normal desktop computer, linutop only uses 5W of energy. A pack of Linutop + USB Key 1 GB Linutop
Is priced at $400. Click the Link to visit Linutop’s web page for full specs and ordering. Next lets talk NorhTec’s MicroClient Jr., an 11.5 x 11.5 x 3.5cm box based on SiS’ 200MHz SiS550 x86-compatible system-on-a-chip part. Like Linutop, the MicroClient Jr has no hard drive, but there’s a CompactFlash slot located on the front or a card containing the user’s preferred operating system – NorhTec will pre-install Linux if you like.
The unit has 128MB of on-board memory, plus a trio of USB ports – two on the front, one on the back – along with a PS/2 keyboard port, two serial connectors, 100Mbps Ethernet and a VGA port. MicroClient Jr. prices start from 120$ and go up according to your preferences. Click the Link for full specs and details.
Next on our list is Sumo ST166. Like Linutop, Sumo Technologies bases its ST166 box on an AMD Geode CPU, either a GX533 or an LX800. The 14 x 13 x 3.2cm unit crams in at least 128MB of memory and 64MB to 4GB of Flash storage. There are four USB ports and 100Mbps Ethernet, audio I/O connectors, and a VGA port. The Sumo’s average power consumption of 4.4 Watts makes it outstanding in its field.
Particularly suited for healthcare and industrial applications, the SUMO ST166 has zero ventilation requirements and is presented in a robust, sealed aluminum case. It has Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, Microsoft Windows CE 5.0 and Linux operating systems. So its up to you what OS you will use with Sumo. Click the Link to visit Sumo’s web site.
The last small computer we will be reviewing in this article is ThinLinx. ThinLinx offers a more colorful option: the Hot-e. It’s offered in a couple of configurations both based on an AT91RM9200 SoC, itself derived from a MIPS ARM-compatible CPU, and available in lime, platinum or pink color schemes.
Again, an array of USB and serial ports are included, along with Ethernet for networking. And for power – one model, the HL100, supports Power Over Ethernet. ThinLinx also equips the boxes with CompactFlash and SD/MMC slots. The Debian ARM file system is pre-installed with the 2.6.12 Linux kernel. For full specifications click the Link.