Embedded system builder Habey‘s computers aren’t always cheap, or aimed at consumers. But if you’re looking for a small, quiet, and relatively inexpensive computer the Habey BIS-6761 looks like an interesting option.
Newegg is selling this barebones PC for $210, and it features an Intel Celeron 857 dual-core processor, Intel HD graphics, a 7.5″ x 7.5″ x 2.6″ case, and a decent collection of ports. What you don’t get is any memory, storage, or operating system. You’ll have to supply those yourself.
The Habey BIS-6761 feature 6 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, and VGA ports, 2 mini PCIe slots, a 2.5″ SATA II drive bay, and 1 memory slot with support for up to 4GB of RAM. The computer can handle Windows or LInux, and while it’s likely designed for commercial applications (think point-of-sales or kiosk systems), it could make a decent low-power media center.
Intel’s Celeron 857 might not be a speed demon, but it should be able to handle HD video playback, and it’s a 17W chip that shouldn’t generate too much heat — which helps explain how Habey was able to build a system with passive heat dissipation, but no noisy fans.
The BIS-6761 has actually been around for well over a year, but what makes it worth looking at now is the fact that it’s one of the cheapest Habey barebones systems available with a Celeron processor. The only cheaper models I could find have slower Intel Atom chips.
via Fanless Tech