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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Uhhhh...why?
by bassbeast on Mon 10th Sep 2012 23:10 UTC
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Seriously why would you want this? its just a board, no case, and being a low power ARM means your software is gonna be limited. No wonder its running Android 2.x as it probably doesn't even have the oomph to run 4.o which again is gonna limit your software choices.

What to be really low power, still really affordable AND not be hampered in your software choices? Go grab one of the E350 units from NewEgg or any one of a couple hundred vendors. $rices start at around $100 but you get a case and PSU with that, a dual core 1.8Ghz X86 with GPU that will do full 1080p and only uses 18w max load and idles around 6w, and can run Linux, BSD, or Windows no problem so you have all the software choices in the world.

Now I can see this for the tinkerer types, like those cooking up weird gadgets with them like the Pi is used for, heck i have a friend using the Pi for a remote aircraft so I can see the appeal there, but for a desktop? Nooo, just....no. bad idea, too limited, too underpowered, just not a good idea. This would be like dragging out a 733Mhz P3 to do your daily surfing, sure it will work, but will it be a pleasant work environment? Not a chance.

If you worry that the E350 can't cut it don't, I have built several of them for offices and low cost HTPCs and they are great little units. For those that want a cheap as dirt HTPC there is even a version of Linux precompiled with XBMC designed for the E350, here is the link. I've used it on a couple of the HTPCs and its REAL nice, full 10 foot UI and support for most remotes OOTB, really sweet.

http://openelec.tv/get-openelec

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