Introducing the Space Cube
I've been surrounded for the past few weeks by a veritable herd of tiny computers for a forthcoming Labs test - nine of them, to be precise - but I wasn't prepared for what I was going to see when I searched for the World's Smallest PC. I didn't really expect anything - idle curiousity rather than genuine expectation drove me to Google - but I was delighted to stumble onto the Space Cube.
Remarkably, it's an entire PC inside a chassis that's 2 x 2 x 2in square. The Space Cube runs Linux and packs in a remarkable amount of hardware for such a small PC: a 300MHz processor, 64MB of SDRAM and a 16MB flash hard disk.
The ingenious design stretches to the numerous ports that are included around the case: a VGA output, USB socket - plug in a hub and you'll be granted plenty of instant connectivity - and 100MB/s RJ45 Ethernet. There's even a card reader and audio jacks.
The price of $325, though, is pretty elementary. A quick web surf reveals that it's never been sold outside of Japan, and my email to the Shimafuji Corporation has, so far, fallen on deaf ears - so they'll be no benchmark results any time soon, unfortunately.
There's no denying that it's a great little bit of kit, though - who needs a laptop and a bag when you can have a PC in your pocket?