Maingear is among the list of computer manufacturers that will be offering a Steam machine this year. The boutique PC maker announced last week at CES its Spark Steam machine, which, according to the company, is the smallest gaming PC it has ever assembled.
Spark weighs in at 0.89 pounds and its red and black chassis measures 2.34 by 4.5 by 4.23 inches, which if you compare, is even smaller than a DVD case. Unlike other Steam machines, Spark does not have to come loaded with Steam OS. Buyers are free to choose from Windows 7, Windows 8 and Steam OS configurations.
The machine features a four-thread AMD A8-5575M processor, a 2GB AMD Radeon R9 M275X Video Card, four USB 3.0 ports, 2x SO-DIMM RAM slots (up to 16GB supported), Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, an mSATA slot for 256GB SSDs, and a slot for a 2.5" SATA III 6Gb/s HDD. It also has an HDMI port, and a Mini-DisplayPort that can power two displays at the same time, if necessary.
Although pricing details were not revealed, the company said that it will be an affordable PC solution. The machine will be available in mid-to-late Q1 2014.