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The Worlds Smallest Desktop Computer (Official Web Site)

A HighTech Review
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Xi3 Corporation introduces a cube-shaped compact computer, that measuring less than 4-inches per side and featuring modular design.

The small PC has measures of 101.6 (W) x 92.8 (D) x 92.8 (H) mm, has a aluminum chassis and utilizes the Xi3 computer architecture which divides the classic motherboard into three separate boards and houses them in the case -one board for the processors and RAM and two other that handle all connectivity and input/output options. Each Xi3 board can be removed, modified and/or replaced.

Xi3 Modular Computer Xi3 Modular Computer, small, cubic customizable computer

The tiny PC is powered by AMD dual core Athlon 64 processors (models -2000 at 1GHz, 3400e at 1.8GHz and 4200+ at 2.2GHz), DX10 integrated graphics with 1080p output capability, up to 4 GB of RAM and Gigabit Ethernet. Connectivity options include audio in/out,six USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA, DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI outputs.

Xi3 Modular Computer 3 Xi3 Modular Computer, small, cubic customizable computer

“We reject the concept that computers should have a useful life of only two to four years,” said Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. “Instead we believe that computers should be upgradeable and updateable over and over and over again, and that’s how we’ve designed the Xi3 Modular Computer, making it (potentially) the last computer you ever need to buy.”

Xi3 Modular Computer 6 Xi3 Modular Computer, small, cubic customizable computer

The Xi3 Modular Computer was named by the Consumer Electronics Association as an Innovations Award Winner in the Computer Hardware Category for the 2011 International CES trade show.


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This will be a non formal formatted news post & also a technical review article, though, I will do my best to make this as informative as possible, and also take an in depth look at this rather innovative technology.

(More Info & Videos To Come later..)

Let's open up a discussion on how these tiny desktop computers could be used and what you guys think of this rather new tech.
(I felt like this tech didn't receive enough attention is worthy of a discussion in our news board, moderators adjudicate as you will)

Discuss...
Edited by _GTech - 2/17/11 at 11:37am
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post #2 of 39
awesome little device....though $800 kills it lol
The price is justified though seeing as its a niche market.
    
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Yeah $800 is pretty lame, people can build a small desktop HTPC for less & there is always laptops, which would blow this innovation out of the water...

TY for the tip on price, I wasn't aware of that, maybe these will get much cheaper in the future...
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They stole my design... mind hacks...
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Should've used something lower powered, like Zacate or a ULV i3
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Saw these around CES time, and a guy at my work was talking to me about buying one for a possible embedded-computer solution since it has such small form-factor plus decent processing power.

Almost bought one then and there for myself for an HTPC...
    
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For $800 especially but even more so in general, it is incorrect to still be using DVI video sockets, especially at that cost. That kills it for me.
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For $800 especially but even more so in general, it is incorrect to still be using DVI video sockets, especially at that cost. That kills it for me.

So umm... what exactly is wrong with DVI?


If you haven't noticed its also rocking a DisplayPort.


The real problem comes from the fact that its likely slower than the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix, both of which are smaller, cheaper, and more energy efficient.

$809 for a 1GHz single core AMD K8 with 2GB of ram is disgusting.
    
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I thought it was Athlon Dual Core, is it truly a single core?

That would be utter FAIL...
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I thought it was Athlon Dual Core, is it truly a single core?

That would be utter FAIL...

Yeah they have dual cores too, probably more $.
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