CompuLab is set to offer cheap desktop computing to everybody. And when I say cheap, I mean $99 US cheap!!!
Their newest line of products, the Utilite, comes with plenty of features and processing power. The Utilite line comes in three models (Value, Standard and Pro) with prices starting from $99 (for the Value version) to $219 for the Pro version. Here are some of the technical specs of these mini-PCs:
- Single, Dual and Quad core Cortex-A9 processors with 1GHz to 1.2GHZ depending on the model
- 512MB to 2GB of DDR3 RAM
Storage – MicroSD (4GB and 8GB) to 32GB SATA SSD. The MicroSD socket accepts SDXC up to 128GB
- WiFi (note – the value model does not include WiFi)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- Two RS232 serial ports, ultra mini serial connector
- Graphic processing
- HDMI and DVI display port with 1920×1200 video output capability
The CompuLab press release announcing the Utilite Mini-PCs mentions that they “will be offered with fully featured, desktop-grade Ubuntu Linux or Android operating systems delivering rich multimedia and PC-like user experience.”
While I am not sure how interested you’d be in the $99 model which lacks WiFi and only runs on 512MB of RAM, the mid-range model coming at $159 US with a dual-core 1GB processor, 2GB of RAM, HDMI and DVI for two full HD screens output should be a smooth run for Ubuntu and a good alternative light PC for your home or business use.
Check out the full specs sheet for all there models of the Utilite line. The Mini-PCs will be available for purchase through the CompuLab’s worldwide distribution channels as of August 2013.