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Compulab Outs AMD-Powered Fit-PC4

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  1. btarunr

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    Israel-based system builder Compulab announced the fourth generation Fit-PC, the Fit-PC4, which builds on the proven nettop platform. Fit-PC4 comes in two main variants, the $299 Fit-PC4 Value, and the $380 Fit-PC4 Pro. The Value variant runs an AMD A4-1250 APU, with a manageable 8W TDP to speak of. The Pro variant, on the other hand, runs a peppier AMD GX-420CA quad-core SoC, with Radeon HD 8400E graphics.

    Both variants feature two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, which can hold up to 16 GB of memory; an internal 2.5-inch drive bay with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, an mPCIe+mSATA 6 Gb/s slot, and a micro-SDXC card slot, wrapping up the storage department. Display outputs include two HDMI 1.4a ports on both variants, with 7.1-channel digital audio streams. 7.1-channel digital audio is also given out by TOSLINK SPDIF, on both variants. Analog audio outputs include just the stereo headset jacks. Networking includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces on both variants. While the Value variant offers 802.11 b/g/n WLAN with Bluetooth 3.0, the Pro variant tops that with 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0. The Pro variant measures 16 cm x 19 cm x 3.7 cm; while the Value variant is more compact, at 16 cm x 16 cm x 2.5 cm.

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  2. Yorgos New Member

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    very expensive, while
    ECS KBN-I/2100 AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo (duckduckgo it) costs 58$

    P.S. you must be joking me with those forum word processors!
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    This thing is smaller than an ITX mother board and packs everything you would need for browsing the internet and storing photos so no your option isn't better.
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    I am not saying that my option is better.
    What I am saying is that a similar board, and one that has to fit in a case (so it has to follow the standard sizes atx μitx e.t.c. and that's why it is bigger) is far cheaper than this.
    Suppose that the mobo+cpu costs 60$ in retail or ~75$ for the quad core variant, I see that there is a huge gap between the motherboard+cpu price and this version inside a plastic box.
    so what I want to point out here is that this device seems to be expensive for what it offers.
    you can get a whole system (laptop) with those specs(or better) + keyboard + touch-pad + 768p screen + DVD+/- R + battery and pay the same amount of money.

    edit: this thing is 16x16 = 22.62 cm, a 10.1" laptop is 25.654 cm so there you get an similarly compact system.
    edit2: + camera + speakers :D
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  5. WaroDaBeast

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    The case is made of aluminum.

    Before calling it expensive, we should consider how many of those are made. If the numbers are too wide apart between this company and the large companies we all buy from, the comparison does not make sense.

    Besides, the board you mentioned doesn't have wifi, bluetooth, "only" has a solitary HDMI port, and no external S/PDIF port.

    Different machines for different purposes.

    I don't think you'll find many laptops with a serial port, dual HDMI or dual gigabit LAN (sometimes, the LAN port on laptops isn't even gigabit), from none other than Intel to boot. Then, there's the number of USB ports — I can't say I've ever seen a laptop with more than 4 of those. Also... Laptops with a micro-SIM port? I've seen a few netbooks with one, but they're not comparable to the fit-PC4 in that you can't upgrade many components. Last, but certainly not least, laptops with ECC support (talking specifically about the GX-420ca model here) are not exactly legion.

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    tl;dr: Compare what is comparable. What you've been doing so far was overlooking every and each of the fit-PC4's perks.

    P.S.: I think the rich text editor rocks.

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