Are mini PCs the wave of the future?
Give us a full tower PC loaded to the top with high-end hardware any day of the week, though we'll concede there are viable applications for small form factor (SFF) mini PCs that are tiny enough to hold comfortably in your hand. Intel made us a believer with its Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a surprisingly powerful pint-sized PC, and now Stealth has announced a potent and portable system of its own.
The Stealth Extreme Power LPC-480 mini PC isn't just incredibly small, it's also the company's most powerful SFF to date. That's because it wields a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 3610QE quad-core processor (Ivy Bridge) clocked at 2.3GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) with Hyper-Threading support and 6MB of cache. It also comes standard with 4GB of DDR3 memory (8GB and 16GB options available), slim DVD burner (Blu-ray optional), a 2.5-inch drive bay, and plenty of ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, DVI-D, VGA, GbE LAN, Serial, PS/2 mouse and keyboard, and line in/out ports.
All this comes packed into a chassis that measures 5.7 inches (W) by 9.9 inches (D) by 1.65 inches (H) and weighs around 3.45 pounds, depending on configuration.
Pricing starts at $1,325.