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
I got a Celeron powered 15″ Asus Laptop from Bestbuy for $239. It got the Win 8 pre-installed.
Acer Veriton N2620G is on Sale for $180 over the weekend. Celeron 887 1.5ghz, 2GB ram, 320GB HDD, USB3.0, GBE, A/B/G/N wireless, upgradable.
That’s a lot better than the Habey.
A reviewer says it has an empty mSATA slot too.
Yah. That was my review. My only regret is buying it when it was $218…
I’m currently using it as a torrent/remote/video out box to the TV.
Haha, I should have read the user name. Thanks for the info. I may get one for somewhat CPU intensive remote/automation tasks.
Looks like Newegg’s sold out. Only available through their affiliates at the regular price. But it is still available from Amazon.com at the $180 price.
How can I determine if this can ouput 7.1 Dolby DTS HD MA audio over HDMVI?
What’s the port with the ground symbol for? Are you supposed to provide a ground signal?
Being an industrial PC, I’m betting there are cases where you want to ensure the PC’s earth ground is the one on the bench/whatever. A special feature for a special situation.
“What you don’t get is any memory, storage, or operating system. ”
Nor built-in wifi.
“bare bones” means just that.
Except with respect to Zotac and Foxconn mini barebones which I have purchased. It is not a complaint against this unit, but it an additional consideration.
Yes this is a little more bare than others now that you mention it, which brings the cost into some question.
Take also in consideration that the Habey is an industrial grade product (24/7 operation-ready, and no planned obsolescence). Totally fanless/noiseless too ?
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