When I bought my first computer, it was a toaster sized object that didn’t even have a hard drive. It was powered by a large floppy disc (remember those? no? FINE I’M OLD), and you stuck another disc in there to save your documents. It could only do simple word processing. I bought it from a friend, used, for $400.
Today you can buy an amazingly powerful desktop PC for that same $400 (of course, if you prefer Apple products, be prepared to pay a fair amount more). But now you can buy a full PC for $99, and it won’t take up more room on your desk than a pack of index cards (remember index cards? no? FINE I’M OLD).
The new computer is the Utilite, an adorable bit of technology that for a mere $99 price tag offers a full range of features. So what are the states?
• CPU is a Freescale i.MX6 single / dual / quad core Cortex-A9 MPCore, up to 1.2GHz
• Memory up to 4GB DDR3-1066
• Graphics Processing Unit supporting OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL EP Video Processing Unit supporting multi-stream 1080p H.264, VC1, RV10, DivX HW decoding
• HDMI and DVI-I display, four USB ports, wifi antennae, stereo line both in and out
Just to mention a few features (full list here). Impressive, isn’t it? Toss in the fact that it takes up zero space on your desk, and it’s a pretty friendly little PC. Well done, CompuLab.