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Meet The Ubuntu ‘Keyboard PC’

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.

side of the ubuntu keyboard pc

Elsewhere

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.

There is no built-in CD/DVD drive (the irony of it including a CD of drivers isn’t lost on me, either) but with 4 USB 2.0 ports at the back of the device you can easily add an external one.

back of the keyboard PC

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.

Buy

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.

Depending on where you shop you can pick up the “Keyboard PC” for as little as $238.99 (Amazon) or as much as $399.99 (newegg).

Is this your ideal desktop form-factor? What sort of spec’s would a ‘keyboard PC’ need to tempt you?

Via Lilputing

Images copyright Diablotek Inc.