Items tagged with Small Form Factor

It used to be that large physical dimensions were a telltale sign of a Herculean gaming PC. Looming desktop towers with wild looking exteriors indicated the presence of serious hardware inside. Cracking one open might reveal multiple graphics cards and fancy liquid cooling setups, both almost considered prerequisites in order to crank up the eye candy in demanding games and to play at high resolutions. But somewhere along the way, things began to change. While some of the most powerful gaming systems still reside inside gargantuan full tower enclosures, a growing number of decked out desktops have... Read more...
Intel's first generation Compute Stick turned quite a few heads, including ours, as it was a remarkable thing to consider that a fully functioning PC could be crammed onto a device roughly the size of a bloated USB flash drive. It wasn't especially powerful—Intel pairing an Atom processor based on its Bay Trail-T platform with just 2GB of single-channel RAM and 32GB of onboard storage—but for $149 with Windows pre-installed (or $99 with Ubuntu) it was an intriguing device that could turn any HDMI-equipped display into a full-fledged PC. Knowing that it was on to something, Intel updated its Compute... Read more...
We dug the original Intel Compute Stick that launched last year. If you recall, the original Compute Stick was a tiny, Atom-powered device that could turn any HDMI-equipped display into a basic PC. The low-power nature of the Compute Stick meant it was ideally suited for every-day, less-demanding computing tasks, and wasn’t a replacement for a full-on PC or notebook, but it was a relatively capable device given its ultra-small form factor.The original Compute Stick wasn’t without its issues, though. Last year’s model featured dated 802.11n wireless connectivity built in and had only a single USB... Read more...
We first got an official look at the Intel Compute Stick earlier this year, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In one of those “But wait! There’s more!” kind of moments common at trade shows, one of the good folks at Intel that was previously showing off a few upcoming NUC systems pulled a tiny device from his shirt pocket and revealed the diminutive Compute Stick. If you’re unfamiliar with the Intel Compute Stick, it’s essentially a fully-functional, low-power, Atom-based system—with memory, storage, and an OS--crammed into a form factor not much... Read more...
Things aren't always what they appear to be, and so it is with Dell's Alienware X51 R2, a small form factor (SFF) gaming PC in console digs. It's shaped similar to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim, and though it's slightly larger than either a 360 or PlayStation 3, the X51 R2 would be right at home in a living room setting nestled next to a large screen TV. Indeed, it's adept at running Steam's Big Picture mode, and if your primary objective is to play games in the living room, go ahead and consider the X51 R2 a hybrid game console. We know from our autopsy that the X51 R2's internal organs are decidedly... Read more...
Remember the Twilight Zone episode in which a race of 9-foot aliens descended upon Earth with seemingly benign intentions? They shared advanced technologies with the human race and appeared to live by a code outlined in a book that U.S. government cryptographers figured out was titled, "To Serve Man." The horrifying reveal at the end of the episode was that it's actually a cookbook, lending a whole new perspective to its contents and what those space invaders were really up to the whole time. The point being here, is that things aren't always what they appear to be. And so it is with Dell's Alienware... Read more...
Zotac is sort of the Zen master of small form factor PCs. The company's ZBOX line of mini PCs are typically stylish, feature packed, and surprisingly powerful considering their small packages, which you can tuck away in a home theater rack or attach to the back of your PC monitor or HDTV. In an attempt to take things to a whole new level, Zotac has just unveiled its extra small ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus mini PC. According to Zotac, the Nano XS flavored ZBOX is the world's smallest mini PC capable of delivering a high definition desktop computing experience. It's 17 percent smaller than previous generation... Read more...
Our coverage of the latest technology on display as CES continues today, with some goodies from Zotac. In addition to offering some hot graphics cars, Zotac has also been innovating in the small form factor and mini-ITX motherboard markets, especially over the last couple of years. As such, it should come as no surprise that Zotac had a number of their diminutive ZBOX systems on display, along with a handful of new / upcoming mini-ITX motherboards. Zotac ZBOX Nano ID61 Plus Two new ZBOXes were on display in Zotac’s suite, more specifically, the ZBOX Nano ID82 Plus and the ZBOX ID61 Plus,... Read more...
Toshiba this week lifted the curtain on a new line of small form factor (SFF) hard drives the company claims are optimized for demanding performance, power consumption, and durability requirements across a wide range of market segments. In other words, these wonder drives are supposed to be the best of all possible worlds. Capacities range from 160GB on up to 640GB, all of which spin at 7,200RPM. According to Toshiba, these drives are destined for high-end notebooks, gaming laptops, and mobile workstations, and will also find use in increasingly powerful all-in-one desktops. "With this family,... Read more...
Demand for small form factor PCs seems to be on the decline in the industry, at least if the mass production of them by mainstays such as Dell and HP are any indication. But just because a fad is transforming into a niche doesn't mean that the upstarts who got them on the map are slowing down. Shuttle is a name that ties closely with the SFF box, and their rectangular cases and XPC machines have been spotted at pretty much every LAN party ever thrown. We haven't heard much from the company lately, but they must have been saving up for this one: today, the company announced that they're shipping... Read more...
For the last couple of years, Dell's foray into the small-form-factor desktop market was its successful mini-tower (with the emphasis on "mini") Studio Hybrid. But with Dell's latest small-form-factor entry, the Inspiron Zino HD, out goes the vertical mini-tower and in comes the horizontal square--7.8-inches wide by 7.8-inches deep to be exact, and a mere 3.4-inches tall. Like the Studio Hybrid (which Dell still sells), the Inspiron Zino HD (a.k.a. the Inspiron 400) is a solid little machine, with decent mainstream performance, and geared towards budget-minded consumers. Similar to how you could... Read more...
Dell added two new small form factor PCs to its commercial line of OptiPlex desktops. According to Dell, the new OptiPlex 780 USFF (Ultra Small Form Factor) is the world’s smallest fully functional commercial desktop PC with an integrated power supply and Intel vPro technology. Also new to the OptiPlex lineup, the OptiPlex 380 offers more form factor options than competing models such as the HP Compaq dx2400 and the Lenovo ThinkCentre A58. Both of the new PCs support Dell’s Flex Computing Solutions – Virtual Remote Desktop and On-Demand Desktop Streaming environments. The OptiPlex 780 USFF is designed... Read more...
VIA Launches Stackable Multi-Story Chassis for VIA EPIA BoardsVIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis use unique stackable and modular designs for Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX-based industrial SBCs Taipei, Taiwan, 27 August 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest additions to the VIA AMOS series of universal chassis products; the VIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis are specially designed to work with VIA EPIA Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX boards and feature unique multi-story stackability.VIA developed the VIA AMOS-1000 and VIA... Read more...
Heard of Gaiser high-end PCs? Yeah, neither had we, until we came across the glorious machine shown here. This ultra-luxurious PC is way, way more than just your next small form factor PC. It's an icon, a status symbol and a perfect way to spend upwards of $30,000. Yeah, 30 grand!  Compensating?The German company produces machines that, internally, aren't all that spectacular. You'll find the traditional array of internal specs (Core 2 Duo, a few gigabytes of RAM, a decent hard drive, etc.), but it's obviously the exterior that sells. Basically, if you can dream it up, these guys can make... Read more...
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