Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Published by Jeroen Adolfse
Trim-Slice is an apt name for CompuLab’s new ARM-based desktop computer which rises a super-short 0.6″ high, extends a mere 3.7″ backwards and lays but 5.1″ across.
But don’t let the dimensions deceive you; capable things come in this small package thanks to its dual-core Tegra 2 processor and ‘ultra low power’ GPU giving long battery life, smooth playback of 1080p HD video playback, and offering up more than enough grunt for everyday computing needs.
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The Trim-Slice is available in three different models – Barebones, Value and Pro. All three models feature the following as standard: -
Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 @1Ghz CPU
1080p HDMI out
5.1 digital audio
1GB of DDR2 RAM
SD card slot
Micro-SD card slot
4 standard USB ports and 1 micro-USB port
In addition the $199 ‘Barebones’ model has no storage (but works with USB HDD/etc) and no Wi-Fi (again, works with compatible USB dongle)
The $219 ‘Value’ version adds a 4GB Micro-SD card for storage and a WiFi USB dongle. Ubuntu ARM comes pre-installed.
The $319 ‘Pro’ version sports a 32GB SSD, dual-head HDMI and DVI out, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi module and comes with a USB bluetooth dongle. Ubuntu ARM comes pre-installed.
Purchases can be made @ trimslice.com.
“We recommend that you wait…”
When attempting to order a model on the Trim Slice website users are greeted with an up-front message from the company behind the device.
It recommends that anyone considering a purchase of the Trim-Slice for ‘personal use’ waits to do so, citing the relative ‘work in progress’ of software designed for ARM.
Lacking an ARM device, I can’t attest to the alleged ‘work in progress” nature of software – including of Ubuntu – on ARM. However I am led to believe that all Ubuntu ARM provides all basic desktop functions (web browser, etc) and that it performs more than acceptably.