Itsy-bitsy $45 computer sports Android and Linux
The tiny, adorable CuBox-i computer is cheap, fairly capable, and comes at a price anyone can afford.
I wouldn't call most computers "cute," but I'll make an exception for the CuBox-i mini-computer from SolidRun. It fits all of its hardware, including an HDMI port, IR receiver, and USB ports, into a 2-inch square black box. It runs Android and Linux. It's like a pet rock that's actually useful.
There are a handful of permutations of the CuBox-i, but the the CuBox-i1 is a real attention-getter, based mostly on its super-low $45 price tag. It comes with a single-core GC880 GPU and 512MB of memory. Those specs aren't going to blow you out of the water, but at that price, they don't have to.
SolidRun's previous CuBox lineup started at $120, so the new versions are coming in at some pretty low price points. Even the top-of-the-line CuBox-i4Pro (which includes a much faster processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 2GB of memory) has a cost of just $120.
The entire CuBox-i mini-computer line is currently available to preorder. They are all small enough and cheap enough to keep tinkerers, Android fans, and cheap-PC-seekers plenty well entertained.
(Via Linux Gizmos)