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4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Brand Name CompuLab
Hardware Platform PC or Linux
Operating System Compatible with Windows XP and Linux
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6.9 x 1.5 inches
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR SDRAM

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ASIN B001L4I9HK
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4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #120,097 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Date First Available March 21, 2010

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I bought the FIT-PC diskless version and as such it is a good product, does what it says on the website.

Some remarks for the people thinking of purchasing this or one of the other varieties:
- Be aware that it is not a one-to-one replacement for your desktop. For simple tasks it runs OK (surfing/web browsing, simple video play)more complex tasks will not run practical (Truecrypt initial encryption of internal/external harddisks takes days, network is only 100Mb). Electricity use is low with 5Watts under full load (strangely the product becomes way more then lukewarm during use which acc. to Compulab is OK).
- It is very much a startup product kind of thing. Support is geared towards more technically inclined people, if you are able to build together your own PC from scratch, this might be OK for you. You must install an OS to the machine or pay a fee to order one pre-installed which might make the initial price come into the realm of a nettop or the like (which in general has a better performance but higher electricity useage around 50 Watts). BIOS is specifically geared towards the useage and possibilities of the machine and there is no explanation on many of the possible settings.
- User community is either small or not very talkative as is clear from the website forum. Many questions are or will be answered, some more specific ones not.

In short, you need the FIT-PC if:
- You need ultimate low energy consumption (5 Watts full load)
- Running low CPU power applications.
- You are computer literate and not afraid to experiment with settings in the BIOS.

I am happy with the product most probably due to the specific use I have: server to a home network making external connections possible.
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I got one of these unexpectedly as a present. I had to purchase a PATA hard drive and an external CD-ROM to install Linux on it. (The CD-ROM drive is not necessary, but it made installing Linux distros a lot easier. You can install an OS directly from USB sticks or via netboot if you have the time and skills.) I set up Ubuntu 8.04 Server on this, to use as a file server, torrent server, and lightweight web development server (LAMP). It does all these things very well. Before I set up the server, I played around with Ubuntu (Gnome) and Xubuntu (XFCE). Ubuntu runs very stably, though a little slow, on this device. I would not recommend this device as a desktop replacement, but as a small file server, it is a dream.
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This is a realy small PC, it has plenty of memory and hard disk plus wireless. it works great for most non demanding tasks such as browsing the internet. Although it runs a little hot we did not had problem with it. We use IDE solid state hard disk rather than the standard one. that help reduce the heat.
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By Nano-Nano on February 3, 2010
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Works great as a little home login server, which I also use for light weight development when I want a UNIX box at the ready. I'm running NanoBSD (FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE) on it without a hitch, all hardware recognized. Getting it to boot off a USB thumb drive took a trip to the fit-pc slim users forum on the web, you have to call it a NAND drive in the BIOS. Slightly weird, but works just fine. The BIOS's ability to PXE boot, USB/CDROM boot, or internal disc boot is nice. I was able to use the FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE USB image to go into rescue mode to get the drive geometry and other hardware info and then dd my NanoBSD image onto the CF card I put inside (CF-IDE adapter purchased here on Amazon for $7). Run like this the box is stone deaf silent at all times and really snappy performance. Construction is very solid, and changing internal drives doesn't take a genius though an uncarefull person will bend the IDE pins (this is a problem with IDE really, and not this box). All-in-all a good value for what I wanted. When the price came down to $160 this was a no brainer and I have no regrets, in fact I love this little thing. One thing to note is that DMA does not seem to work for the IDE (I haven't absolutely ruled out that it's my hardware and not this little box, but doubtful it's my CF drives and adapters since they do DMA on other hardware I have), but this DMA issue hasn't caused me any problems. Just make sure (eg.) /boot/loader.conf has hw.ata.ata_dma=0, or go into the loader manually at boot and enter: set hw.ata.ata_dma=0, and the FreeBSD installer will see your IDE drive, albeit without DMA. As I say hasn't caused me any problems and I am very fond of this little box. Might have to buy another...
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