The Teeny, Tiny fit-PC2i Mini Desktop PC Uses Just 8 Watts
Images from fit-PC
The fit-PC2i is the latest mini desktop PC (AKA nettop) coming onto the market soon, and it has a remarkably tiny appetite for energy. In fact, it's among the lowest energy-consuming mini PCs we've seen, using a mere 8 watts even at full load. If you're looking for a simple computer that is super energy efficient, this might be a perfect option for you.
Engadget points us to the press release, which lists the specs. The fit-PC2i is a tiny 4" x 4.5" x 1.05" and weighs less than a pound, making it the world's smallest dual gigabit Ethernet-equipped PC.
The small size indicates the small power consumption. Even at full load, the company states it uses just 8 watts (note - we're posting a video below from ComputerTV that states 10 watts. Unless we can test it, we can't say for sure, but either way, it's not much!). It uses just 6 watts at low CPU load, and less than 1 watt at standby. That's among the best we've seen, with comparable units like the Fulwood claiming 16 watts and the Mac Mini coming in at 13 watts. It's not exactly fair to make this comparison, though, since this is less powerful than something like the Mac Mini - it's more like comparing an ultraportable laptop to a netbook.
It includes an Intel Atom Z5xx CPU (from 1.1GHz to 2GHz), up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, room for a 2.5-inch HDD, audio in / out, built-in WiFi, four USB 2.0 ports and Windows 7. Rather than using inexpensive plastic, they've chosen to encase this mini desktop in a 100% aluminum die cast body.
"fit-PC2 was a breakthrough in green computing" said Irad Stavi, Director of Business Development at CompuLab. The whole "breakthrough" part is debatable, but it's certainly great to have this as a mini PC option for low energy consumption. The units won't be out until January. Pricing is between $245 and $499 based on what hardware and software options you select.