Fit PC Slim Proves You Can Take it With You

dell takes a slice at apple with super thin latitude z dellz closed

Mobile computing might be all the rage, but let’s face it: most notebook computer and even nettops aren’t really all that portable. They have these big bulky things called screens, and these big bulky things called keyboards. And they take up a lot of space in a bag—don’t even think about trying to pop one in a pocket! Keyboards and monitors are available almost everywhere—wouldn’t it be great just to unplug your PC, drop it in your pocket, and be done?

That’s the theory behind the fit-PC Slim, a Windows and Linux-capable computer jammed into a 330 cubic centimeter enclosure that’s maybe the size of a couple decks of cards. And the fit-PC Slim doesn’t skimp on features, offering three USB ports, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, an upgradeable 60 GB hard disk, 512 MB of RAM, 100-BaseT Ethernet, VGA output, and stereo input and output. The fit-PC Slim operates using an AMD Geode LX800 CPU running at 500 Mhz, and uses an integrated Geode LX graphics controller capable of driving a display up to 1,920 by 1,440 pixels. The unit can also boot over Ethernet, and can user Etherlink for BIOS updates. The whole unit consumes between 4 and 6 Watts, and operates off a 12 Volt power supply.

The fit-PC Slim is available with either Windows XP Home SP3 or Ubuntu 8.04 + Gentoo 2008.0 Linux preloaded. A (ahem) slimmed down version with 256 MB of RAM and no Wi-Fi or hard drive is available for $220; adding Wi-Fi takes it up to $247. With 512 MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Linux the fit-PC Slim will run $295; with Windows XP the same unit runs $335. We know these sorts of systems won’t work for everybody, but we can think of any number of techs, consultants, and IT folks who might start drooling over the fit-PC Slim as a viable alternative to notebooks.


Google’s Stadia lets you stream big-time games from nearly any device

At GDC 2019, Google unveiled Stadia, a game streaming service that lets you play games on PC, tablets, smartphones, and TVs. Stadia looks to open up gaming to everyone, removing the need to buy additional hardware.

Dodge the biggest laptop-buying mistakes with these handy tips

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for March 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.

New character Octane makes an entrance with the first Apex Legends Battle Pass

Apex Legends' first season kicks off March 19 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The Battle Pass comes in two versions, with the base version costing around 10 bucks. Seasonal rewards include a bevy of new loot such as legendary skins.

Time to do taxes? Save up to 50 percent on H&R Block tax software this weekend

Tax season is stressful, and with new tax laws in effect this year, it's not a bad idea to get some help. H&R Block has you covered: For two days only, you can save 50 percent on its great software so you can file your taxes online and save…

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Breeze through security with these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags

Getting through airport security is a drag, but your laptop bag shouldn’t be. Thankfully, these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags will get you and your gear to your destination with ease.

The new iMacs push on iMac Pro territory, but how much power do you really need?

With Apple refreshing the higher-end iMacs with newer processors and graphics cards, it moves closer to the iMac Pro. In this guide, we consider the performance, features, and help make sense of the differences between the two.

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.

Worried about your online privacy? We tested the best VPN services

Browsing the web can be less secure than most users would hope. If that concerns you, a virtual private network — aka a VPN — is a decent solution. Check out a few of the best VPN services on the market.

Which mid-range Nvidia Turing graphics card should you buy?

Nvidia's top mid-range cards are all solid performers, but which offers the best bang for buck? To find out where you should spend your money on your next big upgrade, we pitted the GTX 1660 vs. GTX 1660 Ti vs. RTX 2060.

Convert your PDFs into convenient Word documents with Adobe or a free option

PDF files are great, but few document types are as malleable as those specific to Microsoft Word. Here's how to convert a PDF file into a Word document, whether you prefer to use Adobe's software suite or a freemium alternative.

Our favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.