DELL IS THE latest manufacturer to jump on the teeny-tiny PC market with the arrival of the Dell Inspiron Micro series.
Not resting on its laurels after the Dell Chromebox, the company has released a version running Windows 8.1 with Bing, the version of the Microsoft's operating system available for a bargain licence fee from Redmond, creating a glut of cheap laptops and desktops. A free upgrade to Windows 10 is also included, of course.
At the top of the range is the Pentium J2900 with a quad-core Bay Trail processor zipping along at 2.41GHz. If you prefer something a bit more modest, the J1800 runs a dual-core Celeron at 2.58GHz.
Both have a 32GB SSD onboard, 2GB of RAM, four USB ports, SD reader, Ethernet, and wireless AC connectivity. There's also Bluetooth, HDMI and Displayport aboard, although no VGA if you were thinking of a sneaky back-door upgrade to an old monitor.
Dell is planning to sell packs containing all the gubbins you need to make the most of your palm-sized programming pal, such as keyboards, speakers, external drives, monitors, mice and such.
But if you just want the basic shenanigans, opening prices start at $179 for the Celeron or $229 for the Bay Trail, both available within the next week. We've asked Dell about UK pricing and availability and will as ever get back to you when we know.
Dell also revealed last week that it has been working on virtualisation for Chrome OS that will allow Windows apps to run in a Chrome browser.
Meanwhile, the race for tiny computing is hotting up with Intel offering the Compute Stick, an entire computer in a dongle. µ
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