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CompuLab Fit PC 2 review

£373 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CompuLab

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Introducing the Fit PC 2 nettop – the world’s smallest practical PC? - REVISED 3 JULY 2009

Introducing the Fit PC 2 – the world’s smallest practical PC?


We've looked at tiny low-power nettop computers before, the smallest to date being the Linutop 2. Now we have the CompuLab Fit PC 2; even smaller, and crucially, more powerful.

Where the Linutop 2 used a slow AMD Geode processor and was only available with Linux preinstalled, the Fit PC 2 comes equipped with a faster CPU, a choice of operating systems and the promise of 1080p high-definition video playback capability. This should make the package a more enticing proposition than the Linutop, which proved too sluggish for even everyday light office duties.

In component make-up, the Fit PC 2 is actually surprisingly close to the Dell Mini 10 netbook we reviewed recently. This 1.6GHz mini laptop features the latest Z530 version of the Intel Atom processor, along with a new Intel integrated graphics chipset. And like that laptop, the Fit PC offers an HDMI digital video output, enabling a sharp picture when connected to an external monitor or TV screen.

The Fit PC 2, a product of an Israeli engineering consulting company, is a remarkably small computer at roughly 4.5in square and 1in high. Or put another way, it would take less space in your CD rack than one double album. If it wasn't for the need to plug in a screen, keyboard, mouse and power supply, you could call it a pocket PC.

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Like the Linutop, there's no internal fan to keep the Fit PC 2 cool, making it nearly silent in use. Put your ear up close, though, and you might just hear the whirr of an internal hard drive which the Fit PC 2 uses for storage rather than a solid-state disk. This means storage capacity won't be a problem - it usually sells with a 160GB 2.5in notebook drive, although there's an option to buy diskless and fit your own hard disk. There's a screw-down hatch on one side which lets you easily slid in a new hard drive.

You can adjust amount of video RAM in BIOS, to either 128MB or 256MB, although this eats into available system RAM. Less customisable is the total RAM quota, since 1GB is soldered straight to the motherboard with no opportunity for expansion.

Unlike the Linutop, the Fit PC 2 does get noticeable hot. Even with the low thermal design power (TDP) of the Atom, its sole reliance on the lightweight aluminium casing to dissipate heat leaves you with a little box that feels rather like a room radiator.

While the Fit PC 2 never got too hot to touch, you nevertheless wouldn't want to keep your hand on top for long when it's working for a living. We'd have liked to have seen a little added heatsinking to help vent unwanted heat from this laudably fanless design.

NEXT PAGE: Model pricing, video playback reality and real-world benchmark results >>

CompuLab Fit PC 2 Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Fit PC 2 could earn credentials as a baby media PC when it becomes less fussy about HD video playback on either of its recommended OS platforms. Until then, even as it stands the Fit PC 2 is neat solution as a low-maintenance midget computer. While prices start relatively low, by the time you spec up the Fit PC with the 1.6GHz processor and Windows XP, the price is becomes somewhat less competitive. If you’re on a budget, you’ll get a better deal by simply buying any Dell Mini 10 laptop, up to and including the top spec version at £349. That way, you’ll even get a free 10in screen, keyboard, webcam, Bluetooth and battery pack included in the package. If on the other hand you need something to tuck behind a desktop LCD display, or just fancy a cute-sized personal computer little bigger than a packet of 20 cigarettes, the Fit PC 2 presents itself as a great solution.

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