It’s easy for people living in the western hemisphere to take for granted that there are still billions of people without personal computers. However, this could soon change thanks to a new low-cost gadget called Endless Mini Computer. This $79 machine debuted at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and there is no doubt that it has a potential to make a real change in lives of many people from all over the world.
Endless Mini Computer – Design
The Endless Mini computer is targeted at people living in China, Brazil, and Mexico. According to Matt Dalio, CEO and chief of product at Endless, people living in these regions prefer a more vibrant and flashy approach to hardware design. The circular shape and color combination of the Endless reflect this fact. The computer uses a combination of white and red colors to create something that looks very modern yet human.
Endless Mini Computer – Hardware
At the heart of this computer lies an Amlogic S805 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Users can connect their peripherals using two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. Endless ready for use without a dedicated computer monitor. Users can easily connect it to their television via the built-in HDMI or composite video output. Sound can be outputted through a regular 3.5mm audio connector.
To work in regions without a stable internet access, the Endless Mini supports the latest Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking standards. It can also be connected to a router with a standard RJ-45 Ethernet cable. It’s worth noting, however, that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection is only available when users purchase the more expensive model with 32 GB of storage space. It costs $99, compared to just $79 for the cheaper model with 24 GB of storage space. Both models come with an HDMI cable and power adapter.
Endless Mini Computer – Software
Even though the computer’s specification may suggest otherwise, the device is actually marketed as a luxury computer for emerging markets. The main reason being its ability to function even without Internet connection thanks to a custom operating system packed with applications that have no problem working offline.
Some of many custom-created applications include a comprehensive encyclopedia based on popular Wikipedia articles, offline version of Khan Academy, Chromium web browser, social application, media player, and a few simple games.
The Endless Mini is a truly impressive low-cost computer that merges beautiful design with capable hardware. We believe that if the software holds up, it could really be a game changer for many people who would previously don’t have access to a decent desktop computer.
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