Some of these are gadgets, clearly accessories to another PC. Others are special-purpose. One is clearly a general-purpose PC with just about everything except big drives built-in. As I predicted months ago, this year ARM will intrude into the desktop PC space in a serious way. For less than $100? Even I did not expect that so soon. I am used to new technology coming in at top dollar… It’s a whole new world of high volume and low prices on Day One of new products. Except for a few niches, the old PC is on borrowed time. Who needs the weight, freight, heat, noise, size, cost and maintenance of those old things? Very few.
My favourite is the Mele A1000 using the Allwinner A10 chip. It has a real SATA port and USB ports so you can hang a ton of storage on it and a keyboard and mouse.
“1. Video output – HDMI, CVBS, VGA .
2. Audio output – R+L, SPDIF
3. Usb host port + SDCard slot.
4. External SATA port (real SATA not from usb)
Internal board has
1. UART port connector.
2. USB device port connector
3. MIC pin
4. CVBS-IN pin.”
RAM? Only 512 MB. Shucks. It would be just about perfect for far more tasks with just a bit more. So, you may need an external storage device and switching contexts could be slow. My little woman has a PC with only 512MB and she does manage to run out of memory with Chrome fairly easily. I am surprised that in $70 they could not find it in their hearts to add some RAM or a socket.
There’s one important device missing from the following list, the Trimslice, a tiny desktop PC with 1gB RAM, a better CPU and a much higher price.