Israeli start-up SolidRun has produced the CuBox, a square, cramped version of a “real” PC. An open-source mini computer, it has an 800-megahertz dual-issue ARM PJ4 processor that uses the ARMv7 chip design and codes in 32-bit. Using just three watts of power it can display full high-definition video at 1080p and would be perfect with its small size as a media center, thin client, XBMC console, network attached storage device, or anything else you want, according to the SolidRun website.
Kossay Omary, chief executive of SolidRun, said: “We are proud to add the CuBox Pro to our product line. We believe many of our customers will benefit from the extra memory size regardless of what application they use their CuBox Pro for. Our customers will also notice that the power consumption of the new design is not impacted at all, which was a very important target for us.The world needs more low power, less-wasteful devices to do all kinds of tasks, including entertainment”.
CuBox runs on Ubuntu OS, but also supports Debian, GeeXbox and openelec.tv as well as Android operating systems. While it’s not what you would consider a “full” PC, it does however tick all the boxes for being a “computer”, and could be a great device if used as home entertainment system, for instance.
For US$150, CuBox ticks loads of boxes that competing devices have yet to fill. Inexpensive, endlessly customisable, you name it, it’s got it.