If you thought the $3,000 Mac Pro was small for a desktop, you should check out the new Tango PC, which will fit in the palm of your hand, yet run desktop operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Measuring about half an inch thick, 5 inches long and 3 inches wide, the Tango PC is tiny. So tiny that you can use your mitts to comfortably carry it around, or stuff it in your purse, pocket or backpack and forget that it’s even there to begin with. But for something that that’s small, it’s got some respectable specs as well.
The entry level $349 Tango PC nets you a box with the system, a docking station, an AMD A6-5200 2GHz quad-core processor, a 32GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a trial version of Windows 7. Upping to a Tango PC with the 64-bit flavor of Windows 7 brings the price of the unit to $449. As of this writing, there’s 25 days left in the campaign, which has received $261,352 in funds, shattering its goal of $100,000.
So here’s how it works. As we mentioned, the entry-level Tango PC comes with a docking station. The docking station is what you need to actually power the thing, as it has all the ports you need to turn it from a hunk of metal into a portable rig. Tango PC’s docking station include three USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 connector, HDMI, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, an audio jack as well as a heatsink, to keep it from getting too toasty. So if you have two docking stations (extra ones are $89 a pop), you can have a dock at home, a dock at work, and just take your Tango PC from one place to another without having to lug a laptop back and forth.
You can also opt for various upgrades with the Tango PC. Putting down an extra $45 doubles the RAM to 8GB, while an extra $79 quadruples the SSD from 32GB to 128GB.
As an added perk, if 50,000 Tango PCs get sold, all backers will get a Tango PC for free. Tango PC is expected to ship this April. We can’t wait to get our hands on a review unit.
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