FOXCONN NANOPC: Small yet powerful
Convert an LCD monitor into an all-in-one desktop, create digital signage solutions, and much more with the tiny Nano PC from Taiwan-based maker of computer systems and components, Foxconn Technology Group. But is it worth the money? Let us find out.
Nano PC as the name suggests is an extremely compact PC having dimensions of 190 x 135 x 38 mm. Though it is not the smallest PC in market—that credit goes to Zotac’s ZBOX Nano with dimensions of 127 x 127 x 45 mm—it is still 40% smaller than a standard PC. This compactness is achieved by using a ‘credit card’ sized motherboard and SO-DIMM. The other ‘wow’ feature of the Nano PC is absence of any moving parts. There is no CPU cooling fan, but rather a passive cooling mechanism is used to dissipate the heat generated by CPU. An SSD is used instead of a standard hard disk drive.
You can connect a USB keyboard and mouse to it. For the monitor, there’s the standard VGA D-Sub connector as well as a HDMI port to connect a TV to it. We installed Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit operating system (OS) to test it. Post the OS installation, we used USB drive that was bundled with it to install the drivers. Once everything is installed, then simply connecting it to a TV via the HDMI port turns your TV into a full-fledged PC. With compact size and neat
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