Handles 1080p video but fits inside the palm of your hand
Almost a year has passed since CompuLab introduced the compact Fit-PC3 desktop system which is in fact so small it can fir inside the palm or your hand, and now this AMD APU powered system has finally become available for purchase.Touted by the company as the world's smallest computer, the fit-PC3 is now available in various configurations with prices starting at $403 (299 EUR) for just the barebone system that comes without a hard drive.
No matter the configuration chosen, the fit-PC3 can be powered by either the AMD G-T56N or the AMD G-T40N APUs designed for embedded systems.
Both of these are dual-core Bobcat chips, but differ when it comes to their operating frequencies, on-die graphics and TDP.
The AMD G-T56N is the more powerful of the two, as its clocked at 1.6GHz, and features a 500MHz Radeon HD 6310 graphics core that is capable of handling 1080p Blu-ray content.
On the other side, the AMD G-T40N is clocked at a much lower 1GHz, and is paired with a 280MHz Radeon HD 6250 on-die GPU.
Compared with its older brother, the G-T40N loses the ability of handling Blu-ray content and offers “only” H.264, VC-1 and MPEG2 hardware decoding capabilities.
However, its TDP is rated at a much lower 9W, half that of the AMD G-T56N.
Moving back to CompuLab's system, this is entirely passively cooled, and packs a pair of SO-DIMM slots, two mini card PCI Express slots, a custom extension board and room for an internal 2.5-inch drive, inside the confined 6.3x6.3x0.98 inches (160x160x25mm) chassis.
Connectivity wise, the computers feature just about anything that you may ever want from a PC, including two USB 3.0 and a pair of USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort connector, a Gigabit Ethernet port and three audio jacks where one doubles up as optical S/PDIF out.
In addition, the back of the fit-PC3 also houses two Wi-Fi antennas that connect to the enclosed 802.11n internal wireless card. The fit-PC3 can be ordered from the company's website.