The past six months or so have seen a veritable flurry of tiny, Linux-powered PCs descend upon the market, including not just the widely embraced Raspberry Pi but also the Mele A1000, the MK802, and the Oval Elephant, to name just a few.
There seems to be no end in sight to the parade of these new, revolutionary devices, and recently another one emerged, albeit in a strikingly different form.
Packing a full-fledged PC into the case of a keyboard, the new U310 sells for as little as $239 and comes with Ubuntu Linux preloaded.
Two Built-In Speakers
Uncovered last week by Liliputing, the Diablotek U310 includes an Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz dual-core processor along with 1MB L2 cache and 2.5 GT/s DMI.
With support for Intel hyper-threading technology, the 104-key device packs 2GB DDR3 RAM as well as a 500GB SATA 2.5-inch hard drive. Offering 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN, the U310 also features an onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 and Azalia audio codec with two built-in speakers.
USB 2.0, serial, and audio ports are provided for easy connection to a wide variety of PC peripherals, including an external DVD or CD drive. A USB mouse is included.
On Amazon, it's priced at $239 with free shipping.
A Newegg Alternative
It should be noted that Newegg offers much the same device under the Great Wall brand; it's sold refurbished for $249.
Either way, all-in-one keyboard PCs look like an intriguing option, particularly when space is tight--all you need is a VGA monitor and you're ready to go. Loaded with Ubuntu, they may just prove irresistible to many Linux fans.
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