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CuBox-i is a 2-inch cube computer starting from $45

by Mark Tyson on 4 September 2013, 13:45

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A new line of tiny computers that can fit in the palm of your hand have been announced by Israel based tech company SolidRun. This is a range of tiny computers that measure 2-inches in all three dimensions. The CuBox-i range consists of four computers which are powered by Freescale processors with prices starting from $45 for the CuBox-i1 with a single core processor, 512MB of RAM and wired Ethernet connection to $120 for the CuBox-i4 with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and additional Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

If you think you’ve seen little computers like the CuBox-i before it may have been one of the CuBox Mini-PCs produced by SolidRun from 2011. Those wee machines sold for upwards of $120. With these new CuBox-i computers SolidRun has managed impressively to limbo under both the size and price barriers.

Below I have embedded a table showing the members of the new CuBox-i range, their specifications and their prices.

The Freescale iMX6 SoC helped facilitate the creation of the new CuBox-i range of computers thanks to its price, performance and scalability. “We want to enable everybody to do whatever their imagination drives them to do with our mini-computers. Our team had to work very hard to pack in such a rich and high-end set of features and still keep the cost at levels that make this product a no brainer choice for everyday projects,” said Kossay Omary, CEO of SolidRun. “The i.MX6 System-on-Chip series provides the perfect scalability for balancing power, performance and price.”

The CuBox-i range will have software options including several distributions of Linux, the XBMC Media Center software and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The firm says there will be a “limited number” of machines available to the first people who pre-order so urge swift purchase clicking from those interested in the CuBox-i range.

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The low-end is a good price, considering it includes a case and faster processor than the Raspberry Pi.

But the shipping cost is not insignificant. And it doesn't have the ecosystem either.
I think if you compare this to one of the many media player devices out there (like for example) it doesn't seem that impressive really.
Not bad for the price, but I'm wondering how expensive it will be in uk after all taxes.
I think this has the potential to be a lot more than just a media player.Linux + Samba gives you the ability to run it as an active domain for a windows network or even a small web server. That could be a real plus for people who have mixed networks at home (for example I have machines running w8, w7, vista and android tablet - and the vista machine is about to be Linuxed)
I am loving how these micro devices are developing, 1GB of ram should be the minimum to aim for with that hardware though.

I am a total novice at DIY systems like this, I simply haven't applied myself to get to grips with it all, not so much the hardware side but more about connecting keyboard/mouse and understanding the OS and integration into networks ect….not sure I have the patience to cope when things don't work first time.

But that said, the more I see of things like this developing, the temptation returns to at least try.