Ever since the first computer was built, it kept on getting smaller & smaller though becoming meaner from the inside of course. Now the time has come that a computer can fit in the palm of your hands. Here is the list.
BRIX comes with a Intel Celeron processors or higher-end Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, HDMI and mini-Display Port video outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, up to 16GB (or more) of memory, Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet, and Intel HD or HD Pro graphics on-board.
Costs: Between $300 and $500 depending on the model
The Alienware Alpha comes with a Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M+ 2GB graphics cards and 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB SATA hard drives.
Each model has a Windows 8.1 pre-installed and each model comes with a standard Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a wireless Xbox 360 controller.
The Alpha starts at $499, but you find some of the models on Amazon at cheaper rates.
The Raspberry Pi is lightweight & runs on Linux, has a Broadcom Video Core IV GPU and is available at for $35 only.
Chip comes with 1GHz Allwinner R8 Cortex A8 processor with Mali-400 graphics, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, and built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It measures only 2.3-by-1.5-inches in size and comes at a dirt cheap price tag of $9.
The Intel NUC (or Next Unit of Computing) packs Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processors & even Intel Celeron or Atom processors, USB 3.0, HDMI, mini-HDMI or Display Port.
It costs around $200-$400 depending on the kit you are buying.
Acer Revo Build
The Revo Build packs either a Celeron or Pentium processor from Intel and 8GB of memory. If you need more capacity then you can add it by simply stacking optional modules atop the base, with magnetically aligned connectors. 500GB/1TB hard drive modules are available and a wireless charging and an ‘audio block' with integrated speakers and a mic will be further released.
Well the price for this product is still not declared.
Asus Chromebox is 4.88x4.88x1.65 inches in size and is priced at $160 for the base model. Though the windows softwares are not compatible but the Google operating system is quite capable of performing tasks on its own.
HP Stream Mini PC
HP Stream Mini PC packs a modest Intel Celeron 2957U processor, 2GB of memory, and a 32GB M.2 SSD. It runs on a Windows 8.1 with Bing selected as the primary search engine. It's the largest tiny computer at 5.73 x 5.70 x 2.06 inches in size and is available for $180.
The Mintbox Mini comes with an AMD A4 6400T processor packing Radeon R3 graphics, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It stands tall at just 0.95 inch and can handle basic Web browsing, video playback, and productivity tasks.
Vensmile iPC002 Wintel Mini PC
It packs a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail CRZ3735F processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB eMMC hard drive. It's 5.82 x 3.11 x 0.36 inches in size and has Bluetooth & Wi-Fi facilities.
Intel Compute Stick
Intel's Compute Stick comes with a 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while a Linux variant comes with a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, priced at $150 and $110 respectively.
So, now we think that it's not hard to imagine that one day computing system will not even require fitting in our hands but just flow around us in thin air while we can access it and interact with it by only using our minds. Well that's a farfetched thought but not very far I guess.