Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 21:48 UTC, submitted by Boomshiki
Hardware, Embedded Systems "We've seen a profusion of relatively low-cost PCs and tablets over the last few years, but Taiwanese electronics company Via's APC is cheap even by these standards: it's a $49 low-power desktop computer running a modified version of Android 2.3. Announced today, the APC is meant as a simple way to connect to the internet, so you won't get a great deal of computing power. It contains an 800MHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 memory, 2GB of flash storage, and can connect to a monitor or TV to output a resolution of up to 720p. It also consumes a fraction of a standard desktop's power: 13.5 watts at maximum and only 4 watts when idle."
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Pretty cool and cheap as hell, but...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 10th Sep 2012 08:59 UTC
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...I'll pass on a machine from Taiwan/China. It's bad enough the core parts are often outsourced and made there.

And I can't be the only one who thinks Android would probably suck with a normal keyboard/mouse/screen... what is up with OEMs' fascination with Android? It's good for phones and probably tablet computers, but for anything else a standard Linux distro would be best. I guess the ridiculously low system specs must play a role here.

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