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FXI's $199 Cotton Candy is the 'world's smallest computer'

By Matthew
Mar 1, 2012
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  1. The Raspberry Pi isn't the only finger-sized, snack-flavored computer in town. Heck, it's not even the only one to arrive this week. We're not sure if it's pure coincidence or…

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  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,333   +278

    I seriously think I'll be snatching one of these up. Very interested in the actual capabilities of this device. Hope I don't have to wait till the end of the year though.
     
  3. I've been reading about his. All in all a good looking device with reasonable capabilities but is it worth $200? Bit too much for my pocket on a device like this.
     
  4. Please forgive my ignorance but what is the point of this device? You need to have it plugged into a usb port for power. Which means you probably have it plugged into a more capable computer. Could some better informed person explain it to me?
     
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    It's basically a tiny encapsulated computer... You would likely want to connect external peripherals anyhow (mouse, keyboard, external hard disk for storage, etc.) so connecting a powered USB hub to provide the juice to run is almost a non-issue. Alternatively, you could use a low-cost AC USB power adapter (common for phone charging and the like) with a cable to power this unit... And some newer TVs have USB ports available for plugging in flash drives or peripherals, which you could also tap for power. Point is, there are more than a few options for using this product without needing a PC nearby.
     
  6. Cotton candy: light, fluffy, delicious, but totally empty.
     
  7. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    this thing is more powerful than my laptop— maybe it's time to get a new laptop xD
     
  8. So could you, for instance, install games such as sims 3 and run it from there instead of taking up space on your desktop?
     
  9. yRaz

    yRaz TS Addict Posts: 957   +113

    In the video they show it connected to some type of AC adapter and connected via bluetooth to a keyboard and mouse. I wouldn't consider carrying around a power cable for this anymore unusual than carrying one for a laptop.
     
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    yRaz, I'm pretty sure it can be powered via USB 2.0 (i.e. when you attach the device to your PC or TV via USB 2.0). Connecting via Bluetooth or HDMI requires a separate power source. That was my understanding after reading the product page yesterday.
     
  11. yRaz

    yRaz TS Addict Posts: 957   +113

    I should have been more clear, I was commenting on how they had it set up in the video. It was powered by USB through an AC adapter. Regardless, you can't have this plugged into both a USB port and HDMI port at the same time without some type of extension. I'm sure that's where some peoples confusion came from... How many people do you think watched the video?
     
     
  12. can install a media player with all the required codec to the tv 's USB to play all the video formats...
     
  13. I am interested too, but I will wait to read the reviews on Ars Technica before I commit that kind of cash to something I can loose between the sofa cushions. :)
     
  14. seems like an exercise in technology rather than something actually useful...although I think I said that about the ipad too.... :)
     
  15. hmmn...
    cellophane wrapper please.
    nice give away.
    but first got to run to nearest lotto station ^v^
     
  16. I don't think Sims or most MS Windows games will run on Arm chips.
     


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