A Kickstarter project to cram a full PC into a case roughly the size of a smartphone has recently reached its $100,000 funding goal, ensuring it'll be in the hands of backers towards the end of 2014.
The self-titled Tango 'Super PC' aims to be the only PC you'll need, replacing all gaming consoles, desktop PCs and IPTV boxes. It consists of both a small PC - roughly the size of a Samsung Galaxy S5, but thicker and slightly wider - plus a compact docking station that you slot it in to, giving the system all its necessary ports.
The idea with the Tango Super PC is to have multiple docking stations at all the locations you'd like to have a PC, such as in your home study, at your workplace, and perhaps next to your TV. You then can easily take the actual PC components in its compact case to each location, slot it into the dock, and have a fully-functional PC.
Components-wise we're looking at an entry-level AMD A6-5200 APU with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz and an integrated Radeon HD 8400 GPU, up to 8 GB of DDR3-1600 laptop RAM, and either a 32 GB or 128 GB SSD. Both the RAM and SSD will be upgradeable as well, thanks to their use of standard connectors.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Tango's design is that the majority of the cooling system is located in the docking station, removing the need to have a full heatsink and fan in the PC itself. This allows the Tango to operate with a 30 watt TDP yet still fit into such a compact device.
Although the creators of the Tango PC claim that it can replace a game console, it's not exactly a performance powerhouse, and will struggle with the latest games on even the lowest settings. The product's Kickstarter page has a demo showing Battlefield 4 being played at 20-30 FPS, with settings all set to low and a resolution of 720p.
With that said, it should be a capable casual gaming PC and everyday workstation for web browsing and word processing. If you'd like to back the project in the few hours remaining, head over to their Kickstarter page. The Tango PC base model starts at $349 for 4 GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD, going up to $573 for 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB SSD and pre-installed Windows 7.