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Mobile desktop PC unveiled

Even smaller than the Mac mini

There are small computers, and then there's FIC's (First International Computer's) very-slim GE2, which is even smaller than Apple's miniscule Mac mini.

Built using laptop components, the desktop GE2 measures in at 172mm by 226mm by 42mm. By comparison, the Mac mini, which has become a benchmark for small computers, measures 165mm by 165mm by 51mm. Both systems weigh in at 1.3Kg.

Given the GE2's size and weight, FIC doesn't expect these systems to simply sit on a desk. The computers are billed as "Mobile on Desktop," and can be easily carried around by users, said Flora Lu, a sales manager at FIC.

The GE2, which was displayed at the Computex exhibition in Taipei, runs an Intel Core Duo processor and can support up to 2GB of DDR2 (double data rate 2) RAM. The systems are designed around Intel's Viiv platform for home entertainment computers. The computer offers Wi-Fi support and other handy features, such as a four-in-one reader for removable memory cards.

FIC is a contract manufacturer and will produce the GE2 for other companies. The systems will be available later this year for around $1,100 (about £600), Lu said.

Computex runs through 10 June.

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