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A number of companies including Asus, Acer, MSI, and Shuttle have been putting out low cost, low power nettops for the last year or so. Basically these machines are netbooks without the display. They tend to feature low power Intel Atom processors, occasionally bundled with high performance NVIDIA ION graphics. And they typically sell for around $400 or less. Their main selling points are that they won’t take up much space on your desk, and they won’t add much to your monthly electric bill.

As a general rule, the nettops from Acer, Asus, and MSI look sort of like the Nintendo Wii both in terms of size and shape. But there’s another class of device that’s even tinier, including the Fit-PC, which measures just 4.5″ x 4″ x 1.05″. Now it looks like you can add the Habey BIS-6620 to this group.

The BIS-6620 is just a tiny bit thicker than the Fit-PC, coming in at 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″. This model comes with a low power Intel Atom Z510 processor and GMA 500 graphics with support for 1080p HD video playback.

There’s room for a 1.8 inch hard drive, a stick of DDR2 RAM, and optional WiFi. It’s available with WIndows XP, Vista, 7, or Linux. It has 4 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks, and an Ethernet port as well as CF and SD card slots. The computer uses less than 10 watts of power and features a VESA mount kit for attaching it to the back of your display.

You can pick up a barebones Habey BIS-6620-I from Newegg for $299.99 + free shipping.

via Engadget

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8 replies on “Habey BIS-6620 is a tiny, low power mini-desktop PC”

  1. “Basically these machines are netbooks without the display.”

    Exactly. That’s why I can’t understand why they cost more than a netbook without the display.

  2. Nice the way they integrated the passive cooling heatsink into the case design.

    Making things electronic that are small isn’t the engineering challenge, it is
    getting the heat out of the box that is the hard thing.

    Unless you want the box to double as a coffee / tea heating plate.
    Hey, yeah, there is an idea – where is the option cup holder? 😉

  3. If you happen to ever review this box, can you see if it supports automatic power on after power loss? That would make it fantastic as a relatively inexpensive, small, remote FreeNAS box…

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