Asus has unveiled a new line of compact, rugged computers. The fanless PL64 is aimed at industrial applications, kiosks and any other situation where durability is critical.
The PL64 is available with two different 15-watt Intel Alder Lake processors CPUs. Basic configuration ship with the Celeron 7305 and upgraded models with the Core i5-1235U. The sturdy, all-metal chassis measures just 20cm x 12cm x 3.4cm (7.8″ x 4.7″ x 1.3″).
Asus has packed the PL64 with ports. On the front you’ll find a trio of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, an audio in/out jack and a pair of serial ports. On the back there are three HDMI and two Ethernet ports — one gigabit and one 2.5 gig.
Inside the diminutive .81-liter chassis there’s room for two M.2 drives and two DDR4 SODIMMs. The PL64 supports up to 64GB of memory.
The systems are certified to meet the MIL-STD-810H standard and can tolerate working in temperatures up to 50º C. Asus is also committing to a four-year life cycle for the PL64, and that’s a welcome reassurance given the kinds of places they’ll be deployed.
Mounting the PL64 couldn’t be easier. ASUS offers a handy wall mount bracket and the system can be secured to any VESA mount.