Some folks think that tower desktop PCs are just too big, so they opt for all-in-one computers like the iMac which hide the PC in the monitor. Others opt for low power solutions like nettops which shrink a PC down to the size of a Nintendo Wii, or a somewhat chunky optical disc drive. And then there’s the DreamPlug.
This little computer is so small that it doesn’t even need a power adapter. Instead you just plug the whole computer into your wall jack.
While the DreamPlug isn’t exactly a speed demon, it does feature a 1.2 GHz Marvell Sheeva ARM-based processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 1GB of storage, and Ethernet, USB, and eSATA connectors, 802.11b/g/ WiFi, Bluetooth, a headphone jack and an SD card slot.
That’s almost everything you need for a light weight computing experience. But there’s no VGA, DVI, or HDMI output — and that’s because there’s no graphics processor on board. While it’d be kind of neat to plug a keyboard, monitor, and mouse into the DreamPlug and run a light-weight desktop Linux distribution, the little guy is really designed for simpler tasks such as network storage, managing a security system, or home automation.
The computer does have analog and S/PDIF audio output if you want to use it for streaming music. There’s also a mic jack.
The DreamPlug measures just 4.3″ x 2.7″ x 1.9″ and uses just 5W of power. It’s based on the Plug Computer platform.