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Ubuntu-running dual-core ARM desktop ‘Trim-Slice’ goes on sale

Trim-Slice is an apt name for CompuLab’s new ARM-based desktop computer which rises a super-short 0.6″ high, extends a mere3.7″ 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.

Models

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
  • Ethernet
  • 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.

Jon via Tip Form