The folks at ICE Computer have been trying to bring pocket-sized desktop computers to market for a few years. Despite raising less than $11,000 during an Indiegogo campaign aimed at generating $300,000 earlier this year, the company is giving things another go… this time with an xPC Pocket PC powered by a choice of Intel Bay Trail or Haswell chips.

ICE xPC

Actually, the goal is to ship with a Core i3 or Core i5 or Intel Atom Bay Trail processor… assuming those are the latest chips by the time the xPC actually launches. In a pair of press releases, the company leaves open the door for Broadwell support as well.

While it’s not clear if the xPC will ever actually see the light of day, the computer certainly looks pretty cool. It’s about the size of a smartphone, but has the guts of a full-blown Windows desktop computer. The idea is that you’ll be able to carry your PC in your pocket and just attach it to a docking station when you want to boot up Windows on a system with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

ICE Computer says the system weighs less than 4 ounces, uses less than 11 watts of electricity, and offers between 32GB and 64GB of solid state storage. It has  802.11n WiFi and a built-in 5MP webcam and uses SlimPort for HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connections.

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19 replies on “ICE xPC is a pocket-sized desktop with Haswell or Bay Trail CPU”

  1. If you had 10 or 20 of these you could have a powerful supercomputer. VNC could be used to control them all with just one PC linked to a monitor. These surely must be more cost effective than buying PSUs, cases, mobos and so on.

  2. I would be more interested if it didn’t require a dock. The dock makes it practically useless. I would sooner buy an Intel Nuc style PC.

    I can’t imagine a situation where I need my PC to be SO portable that I cant afford the space of a NUC, but the amount of locations I will use it are so few, that I will benefit from the convenience of having a dock there.

    If this was a much more powerful PC, I could see it being attractive for artists who use very expensive software (Photoshop, After Effects, etc) and want to bring their work PC home with them, instead of buying their own software. But then again, a laptop does this better.

  3. Not seeing the point. Assume you want the typical home/work situation with two docks and now lets add a third somewhere. Price three basic PCs with the same or better specs as the CPU/RAM of this with display/input devices but no storage. Then add one drive on a removable SATA sled which will be about the size (or smaller) of this product. Compare total outlay to this product and three of it’s docking solutions with display/etc.

    Now consider which one will be easier to upgrade in the future, or to make one of the locations more powerful (better CPU, more RAM, big stationary storage device(s), etc) if needed. No real debate is there?

  4. could be used in schools.. lent out to students to use in a computer room or used during class. In an office enviroment that uses the cloud or network storage this could be a viable option to carry specific applications to different departments, or while traveling to another company location.

    1. In this case, it would be much easier for the school to purchase the enterprise version of Windows, which allows the creation of Windows to go, a live version of windows on USB

  5. Don’t see the point of this at all. You would need a dock with monitor, KB/Mouse every where you go. The thing can’t be use in transit also.

    1. Sure you can, you’d just need a mobile docking station… Just like, say, the Asus Padfone has a tablet dock that lets users turn the phone into a tablet… Only thing is this product doesn’t do anything on its own but it can with the proper docking options…

      So it just needs some good docking options to make it a viable product… While some people may like it just for security as they can keep all their work with them and not have to worry about syncing as it’ll always be run on the same hardware they take with them…

      May not be a big market for a product like that but I’m sure there are some people who would appreciate it… Provided it can be had for a good price and gets good support…

    2. This is not a mobile device in the sense of a phone or a tablet. But for example if you ride your bike to work and you want to carry your computer with you, this could be a nice option. It would be lightweight *and* powerful without being bulky.

        1. It depends on how you want to use it. If you want to surf the web, check your email, and edit some documents, a windows tablet might be fine. If you want to develop software, you might not want to use a windows tablet. Especially if you don’t use Windows.

          1. Really? You think this is good for software development? Lol. Go sell a machine with this spec to a developer and they will laugh their ass off.

          2. Bill’s point is software development needs a full workstation, not a tablet or mobile device.

          3. I know a lot of developers prefer a Mac laptop with an i7, but actually you can get a lot of work done with a workstation with an i5 and an SSD. (I would want 8-16GB memory too. I don’t see the memory options listed in the specs.)

          4. Actually you don’t need much to for software developing, depending on the specific field you are in, doesn’t require much processing power.

        2. it depends on how much it costs really, since theres no touch screen, or screen of any kind that should bring the price down

        3. really depends. Some of the businesses I’ve visted have users bring their laptops to and from work; when they get there, they plug the computer into a docking station and use an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. For some small businesses, this would be suitable for employees as it’s far easier to tote than a laptop (provided you don’t actually need on-the-go usage). This could also run a different operating system than Windows.

  6. I’d get the Core version as a stationary desktop mini-PC. An ultraportable notebook or at least an x86 tablet would still be my travel PC of choice. I wonder if at least the Atom version is fanless. I could do without the camera, accelerometer and gyro though. Some standard ports would be nice so I wouldn’t need a separate proprietary dock. Too bad that would likely make it bigger.

    For some reason, marketing it as a mobile pocketable PC doesn’t seem as appealing as marketing it as a micro desktop PC like the NUC, BRIX, etc. Of course, that’s just my own perception.

  7. I wonder how big the guts are of the latest atom windows tablets when you remove the battery and screen.

    Surely it can’t be far off what we have here, and I am surprised there is not a larger market for pc’s this tiny..

    Would be ideal to convert any tv in your house to a fully blown pc!

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