In the dwindling but over-crowded market of identkit desktop PCs it helps to ‘stand out from the crowd’.
So does computer outfit Diablotek’s unimaginatively named Ubuntu-powered “Keyboard PC” have what it takes to differentiate itself?
That answer is a muddled, pause-ridden and drawn-out “maybe”.
The Keyboard PC
As pre-loaded Ubuntu PCs go the Keyboard PC, or U310 to give it is proper title, is far from being the worst.
The internals won’t impress many, reading like off-the-shelf spec sheets for netbooks circa 2011:
- Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz
- Intel GMA3150 graphics
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 500GB HDD
In many ways it helps to think of the device as being a nettop with the novelty of being a keyboard.
Ubuntu is the OS shipped on the U310 (yay). Trying to find out from vendors specifically what version is a little tricker. I’d wager Ubuntu 10.04 at the very least, though some Amazon reviewers mention Ubuntu 11.04.
As should be evident from the description of it, there is no built-in display in/on the U310. A VGA input is located at the back of the device lets you hook up a monitor you may have laying around.
You’ll also find WiFi, Ethernet, a Kensington lock, and 2 speakers built in to the device, too.
The “Keyboard PC” provides a convenient, if not all-that sexy, way to condense your computing workspace.
If you value a elbow room more than frustration-free performance then this might be an ideal solution.
Is this your ideal desktop form-factor? What sort of spec’s would a ‘keyboard PC’ need to tempt you?
Images copyright Diablotek Inc.