An inexpensive computer in the body of a keyboard: AbacusBasic official

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An inexpensive computer in the body of a keyboard: AbacusBasic official

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The world of miniPCs is not new in itself. Nonetheless, an innovation in the sector was brought by the British start-up Pentaform which, specifically, has just opened pre-orders of the new AbacusBasic, a cheap computer integrated into a keyboard (with side touchpad), Commodore style, with a strong environmental vocation.

The AbacusBasic has a 3.5mm thick, injection molded, recycled ABS plastic frame with a hardware core that can be recycled or reused, consuming the annual energy equivalent of a 3W LED bulb, which is 31 kWh : the computing asset is made up of a single board processor with 64-bit architecture, with 4 cores, represented by the Atom x5-Z8350, of the Cherry Trail family by Intel, with a clock frequency ranging from 1.44 GHz base to 1.84 Turbo Boost GHz.

The integrated 500 MHz graphics card is an 8th generation Intel HD: in terms of memory, the 1866 Mb / s dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM can be chosen in the options of 2, 4 or 8 GB, while the storage, of the economical eMMC type used in entry level smartphones, ranges from 16 to 128 GB, expandable via microSD slot (compatible up to a maximum of 512 GB). In the array seen so far, there is a fan, and the connectivity module is inserted, represented by Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi ac dual band (2.5 / 5 GHz).

Despite the size of a keyboard, the Pentaform AbacusBasic compact computer has certainly no shortage of ports, starting with a 3.5 mm combo jack for HD audio (up to 24 bit / 96 KHz): it is accompanied by an HDMI 2.0 (video signals up to 4k @ 30Hz), two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, one RJ45 for Gigabit Ethernet (also capable of supporting Power over Ethernet), one USB Type-C (with Power Delivery, up to 20V / 2A ).

Compatible with Windows, from 7 to 11, but also with Linux distros, the AbacusBasic miniPC by Pentaform has been in pre-order for a few hours, on the official website of the brand, at the starting price of 120 pounds even, change in hand, about 140 euros.

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