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Samsung's PC is mini all right, but why?

It's less than 12 by 10.5 inches, but why not buy a laptop?

Samsung's mini-PC

A few years ago, we purchased a Sony "Slimtop" PC--and it wasn't even the tablet model, so please don't ask us why. (We were trying to lose weight at the time, so maybe it was some twisted form of projection. Enough about that.)

A new Samsung mini-PC, by comparison, makes the Slimtop seem morbidly obese. The MX10 measures a scant 10.4 by 11.8 inches and, other than its thickness of slightly more than 2 inches, is smaller than a lot of laptops on the market (sans screen, of course). Akihabara News says it includes a Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of memory and up to 250GB of space on its hard drive, though other specs aren't yet available.

But at a price around $1,300, it's kind of hard to imagine why someone would want or need one of these, especially when all-in-one PCs are so widely available. As for us, we've gone over to the other side.

(Photo: Akihabara News)