If you're a firm believer that big things come in small packages, then you're exactly the person VIA has in mind with its new ARTiGO A1150 sub-liter dual-core DIY PC kit for enthusiasts. VIA calls it the next generation of ultra-compact desktop computing; we call it a tiny PC with potential, at least on paper. At the heart of the system is VIA's Eden X2 dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz.
The A1150 measures 5.7 inches x 3.9 inches x 2 inches and houses a fairly impressive array of features for its size. Connectivity consists of four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, GbE LAN, three audio jacks, and integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (optional).
"VIA redefines dual core low power compact computing, bringing all the features of a regular desktop PC into a form factor that needs to be seen to be believed," said Epan Wu, Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "VIA has a long history in creating leading edge form factor systems, and the VIA ARTiGO A1150 pushes the bounds for ultra-compact desktop computing."
Your job is to add a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or solid state drive and up to 4GB of DDR3-1066 SODIMM memory. Everything else is in place, including a VX900H Media System Processor (MSP) and integrated VIA Chrome 9 HD video processor with MPEG-2, WMV9/VC1, and H.264 hardware accelerated decoding.