Linutop has been producing tiny low power Linux-based desktop computers from the last few years, and now the company has introduced its fourth generation product called the Linutop 4. Creative, I know.
Spec-wise, the new model doesn’t actually look all that different from the Linutop 3. It still has a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory and 2GB of flash storage. But the new model is much smaller and lighter. The Linutop 3 weighed in at a hefty 4.5 pounds, while the new model weighs just 2.1 pounds and measures just 7.1 ” x 7.9″ x 1.4″.
The Linutop 4 runs a customized version of Ubuntu Linux called Linutop 4 and comes with Firefox 3.6, OpenOffice.org 3.2, VLC Media Player, and a number of other apps.
The computer has VGA and DVI ports and supports external monitors with resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 pxiesl. There are 5 USB 2.0 ports, 2 SATA connectors, a 2.5 inch drive bay, PCIe slot, and Gigabit Ethernet. The Linutop 4 features a fanless design and uses just 14 watts of power.
Unfortunately the Linutop 4 doesn’t come cheap. The latest model runs 400 Euros, or about $575 US. But you can still pick up a Linutop 2with a VIA C7 processor, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of storage for just 280 Euros ($403). That model uses just 8W of power and weighs just 1.3 pounds.