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Digital-Logic Microspace Mini-PCs 109

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the little-his-better dept.
frozenray writes: "Digital-Logic AG, a Swiss company, sells two rather cool BX-based mini PCs, the Microspace-PC30 and -PC31. Most notable features are: very compact size, passive cooling (<35 dB according to the manufacturer), an impressive collection of interfaces (including 2xUSB, IRDA, TV Out/In, FireWire, 2xEthernet 10/100, optional smartcard reader, line in/out, microphone), CDR or DVD, 20 GB 2.5" harddisk. The downside: Those are definitely no systems for power users (current processors are 700 MHz Celeron and 700 MHz P3, 1 GHz mobile P4 systems are planned according to this [German] article), the SMI721 graphics controller is nothing for UT addicts, and they're quite expensive (CHF 2'549.- and 3'199.- according to their Swiss distributor, which amounts to approximately US$ 1'517.- / US$ 1'904.- at the current exchange rate). Another caveat: The power supply is external, but I didn't see any pictures of it on their website. Readers may want to compare this design to the TX2 version of the 'Cappuccino' PC which is similar in concept but has a rather loud CPU fan."
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Digital-Logic Microspace Mini-PCs

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  • Go PowerPC (Score:3, Informative)

    by gouldtj (21635) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:20AM (#3005377) Homepage Journal
    For that price I'd rather have a BriQ [terrasoftsolutions.com] from the Yellow Dog Linux guys. It runs Linux, has a PowerPC inside.

    Doesn't have the firewire though...

  • PC-104 also (Score:3, Informative)

    by MrResistor (120588) <peterahoff@gmail ... minus physicist> on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:29AM (#3005403) Homepage
    Digital-Logic AG makes the most reliable PC-104 video card I've ever used. I never tried to use it for gaming, but it certainly held up to a lot of other abuse :)

    Too bad they seem to be /.ed, I'd like to see what else they have.

  • by WIAKywbfatw (307557) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:57AM (#3005477) Journal
    Call me a troll if you want, but this is at least the third or fourth low footprint PC that has been featured on /. in the last couple of months of so.

    And, as far as I can see, there is nothing special about this me-too box. It has no unique selling point at all - no low cost, no silent operation, no performance boost (relative to other mini PCs), no nada.

    Now if there was something this box could do that other mini PCs couldn't do (especially those that have already been covered by /.), then I could see the point of posting this article. But, as it stands, this product is about as revolutionary as your grandma's apple pie.

    Was it a real slow news day? Were there no better stories to submit? (I doubt it, as every other post seems to have at least one comment in which someone moans about the cool story that they submitted being rejected.)

    Give us news for nerds. Give us stuff that matters. Don't give us re-runs.

    (Sorry but I had to get it off my chest and it had to be said.)
  • by zome (546331) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @04:18AM (#3005855)
    Try this one [soldam.com]
    It's not very small, but does look good. Especially that black case, which should go very well with your new black flat panel :-)
    And for those who remember Shuttle SV24 [slashdot.org], it uses the same MB, Shuttle FV24.

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