CuBox Pro Open-Source Computer Is a 2-Inch Box, Uses Just 3 Watts

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That old saying about using only what you need and nothing more can be applied often to computers, especially the new CuBox Pro, a miniature computer that is just 2 inches by 2 inches by 2 inches.

The small computer is powerful enough for a wide range of projects, all while using just 3 watts of power for its 800 MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor, 1080p Video Decode Engine, OpenGL|ES 2.0 graphic engine and other impressive features. Some of the uses include "a thin client, network attached storage, digital signage solution, set top box, Android TV, home security device or as a well-rounded media player." And it is run on Linux.

The CuBox Pro is priced at $130 for pre-orders but will go up to $160 after that. It may hope to be a competitor for Raspberry Pi, that popular tiny computer used by Makers for all kinds of interesting projects. They aren't exactly direct competitors as the Raspberri Pi only costs about $35.00, but the CuBox pro is a more robust mini computer. They will appeal to consumers differently based on the price point and project needs.

But for anyone interested in a relatively powerful computer of diminutive stature, the CuBox Pro is a very interesting option. We love that such small computers can be made available to makers, who can tinker with projects and DIY things with more ease. Waste not, want not!

UPDATE: Thanks to commenters for catching our math error. We have revised the title of the post.

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