The market for ultra-compact PCs is still tiny, but as computer migrate from home offices to bedrooms, kitchens, dens, and living rooms, the need for small-and-quiet devices that can handle everyday computing and digital media tasks is growing…and Habey USA is throwing its hat in the ring with its new BIS-6620 ultra-compact PC which offers high-definition video capability and a wide range of connectivity options in a tiny, almost silent box. Although Haby has been pushing the system to folks in the digital singage market since last August, the company is now making good on a CES promise to offer the BIS-6620 to consumers. It’s not quite plug-and-play for everyday consumers, but folks who know what they’re doing could find some real value.
The BIS-6620 measures just 4.5 inches wide and deep, and 1.5 inches tall. The system sports Intel GMA 500 graphics which can handle full 1080p high-definition hardware decoding of H.264, MPEG2, VC1, and WMV9, so the system can make for a reasonable media station. The BIS-6620 offers either Intel Atom Z510 (1.1 GHz) or Z530 (1.6 GHz) processors, one DDR2 memory slot for up to 2 GB of RAM, DVI and VGA + S-Video output, a compact flash reader, an SD card reader, four USB 2.0 ports (two front, two rear), mic and line input, gigabit Ethernet, optional Wi-Fi (via internal USB), and a 1.8-inch SATA II bay for an internal iPod-sized hard drive or SSD. The system also sports bolt-through holds for VESA mounting, and supports either Linux or Windows Embedded, XP, or Vista. The unit runs off an external 12volt DC power supply, iis very low power, and and did we mention it’s fanless, making the only potential noise from the hard drive?
Habey hasn’t announced specific pricing, but online retailers are offering the system for under $300.