What’s your perfect PC? Connectors for just about everything? Quite a chunk of RAM? No fans? It’ll be here by Christmas and it will come in a variety of performance ranges and prices. The common element is that it’s a two-inch cube with an ARMed processor (Will that be two cores or four?). It’s a desktop PC and it’s almost as portable as a smartphone. You can even connect your monster TV to it or use a gigabit/s network to do amazing stuff.
“SolidRun refreshed its line of tiny 2 x 2 x 2-inch mini-PCs with four new community-backed models based on 1.2GHz multi-core Freescale i.MX6 SoCs. The CuBox-i devices run Android 4.2.2 and Linux, offer HDMI, S/PDIF, IR, eSATA, GbE, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth interfaces (depending on model), and are currently available for pre-order starting at $45.”
See what happens when an OEM is not hampered by Wintel? The OEM can ship a working PC for little more than the price of the connectors and still make money. No need to double and redouble the price just to please M$. The lifetime of this device probably depends more on how many times you connect things to it than years or power-cycles. I would bet it’s ten years easily. Need an upgrade? Just upgrade the */Linux software on it and keep going. Merry Christmas to one and all.