Stealth launches book-sized LPC-480 PC with mobile Core i7

By Matthew
Mar 27, 2013
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  1. Stealth has unveiled a new ultra-compact system that is said to be its most powerful and technologically advanced small form factor offering to date. Geared toward commercial and industrial applications -- or enthusiasts who appreciate the engineering behind a hardcover...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,188   +510

    Now that's what I'd call a proper SFF PC. Pity the unit's physical size is too small to stick on a price sticker with that many digit's on it unless they use a really small font that you can't read anyway (not that you'd want to).
  3. dotVezz

    dotVezz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 117

    Too rich for my blood =(. I understand that it's largely because of volume restrictions - if they could build and sell more, the price would be driven down. But still, considering I can but a laptop with these specs, a dedicated CPU, screen, and all that (Although much larger) would cost me about 2/3 the cost of this.

    Still, cool!
  4. Renrew

    Renrew TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 222   +16

    ---And, for you Masochists in the crowd, we can hook you up with Vista.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,228   +328

    Just another overpriced crap, it seems. But let's look at the real cost of the components to build a similar, but better, top-notch system:

    Mainboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131887

    Case + PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108424

    Processor of similar performance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    Fast, 32GB of RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233237

    SSD - Samsung 840, 500GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147187

    Now that's $980 for a far more powerful system than they offer. You will spend some extra change for a Blu-ray player + delivery, and 2 hours for putting it all together.

    Now why would somebody want to spend about $1800 on a much more inferior system is beyond me...

    CORRECTION: I just went to their website, turns out, if you want that CPU + SSD + 16GB of RAM, it will cost you $2800. What a rip off! For half the price I can buy a system with twice the performance. See the quotes for the actual components I gave above...
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,188   +510

    It's never going to be a volume seller. It's all about being cool. That's the price you pay for acting cool. As you say... It's a waste of money but some people will buy it then vehemently deny they got ripped.
  7. Renrew

    Renrew TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 222   +16

    There must be a market for overpriced crap.

    Seems like lately manufacturers are putting out high priced items for the Noobs that that have more money than brains.

    Then again, I'm jealous, I can't afford these.
  8. But could you put the components into a box that size?
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,228   +328

    The list of components a referred to fits perfectly into the case for which I gave the link. Both main-board and the board are Micro-ATX. What makes it all better, you will end up with a desktop system and a desktop CPU, instead of the inferior laptop CPU, not to mention twice as much (and faster) memory and a better SSD.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,066   +1,179

    Thats not what they were referring to. The question was can you make your PC build as small as the one in the article?
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,228   +328

    Dimensions of this product are: 5.7" x 1.65" x 9.9"

    Dimensions of the product I recommended: 13" x 3.8" x 14.4". The only way to reduce the size further is to go for a laptop board + laptop CPU, which is exactly what they did.

    So, effectively you end up with an overpriced half-laptop, whereas my recommendation was for a complete desktop PC. And the real question should be: Who wants to drop the desktop performance, while paying 2-3 times more, just so you can shave a few extra inches off a system that's already very small?
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,066   +1,179

    I wasn't arguing with you, I completely agree. I was merely rephrasing the question above.
  13. What is the deal with things being small? Are people running out of space? I can understand a mobile device where you have to carry around everywhere but if this thing's a "PC" which will most likely be set up somewhere stationary, then what is the purpose? As people have already stated, there are too many options to choose from to receive the same benefits without the high cost.
     
  14. Guys these SFF machines are primarily used in industrial applications where they can be mounted on a machine, in a control panel, data acquisition, HMI control systems etc. They are not consumer electronics devices nor do they use industry standard motherboards and chassis. They are application specific and its a bit unfair to compare them to regular notebooks or desk tops
  15. Kind of like all Apple products?

    Your recommendation is double the size of this unit. The model in the article sells for a premium because of all the power packed into an extremely small size. Most mini pc's on the market are under powered because they can't handle the cooling aspect of the higher performing processors in such a small space but this unit can and is likely desirable to some people with specific uses.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,066   +1,179

    You are right, it is desirable but not at 3 times the cost.
  17. 2disbetter

    2disbetter Newcomer, in training

    Gentlemen, the are many factors contributing to the price you might not be aware of. Namely, The chassis itself is rugged and designed to be put in situations far outside standard PC placement. The case linked in a competitive build is more than double the size of this, and sadly that IS the reason for the price difference as has already been stated.

    It costs a lot and is probably overpriced, but there is more reason for that price than you are probably aware of.


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