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Tango 'Super PC' crams a full PC into a smartphone-sized case

By Scorpus ยท 23 replies
Jul 10, 2014
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  1. 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.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    That's all you have to do on Kickstarter - make a ridiculous claim and collect the money.

    They can only replace a desktop that's about 7 years old at this point.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
    Jad Chaar and Adhmuz like this.
  3. It seems like it would be better to come up with a home server that you put in the closet and then have small terminals around and/or use a smartphone/tablet to be a terminal. This way you have all the power of a full system with home portability.
    H3llion and jumbo71 like this.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    This is aimed to be portable, so far you can have a tablet with W8 for the same price, for a bit more you have a more powerful device than the "Tango", very portable, screen and battery included, and for just a couple bucks you can get a usb or bluetooth keyboard... so.

    I don't seem to get the logic behind all the "docks", specially at the price point.
  5. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +624

    All-in-one is in my opinion better than this cause you only have a monitor. This is small and portable, but still I don't see the reason why is this better than All-in-one.
  6. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    I think this is good. Not performance wise though but I think the next and best technology step is to downsize. This project seems to do so. It is not that powerfull I agree, but parts are exchangable and uses standard connectors. Eventually this will be nothing more than just an odd gadget for the enthausiast but the stimulation to stay innovating is great.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    Intel Core M is just around the corner, which will be the best to build a mini PC.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    It can't replace a console... Console games are especially optimized and can play at higher resolutions and frame rates than this...bold and IMO, a false statement.
  9. jumbo71

    jumbo71 TS Rookie

    great idea
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    Great idea until you have to take it to work, the whole idea is to be portable.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,984   +2,872

    So what happens if you drop it? Do you say "tango down?"
  12. LOLz
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,166   +3,261

    I think it is missing a few features, definitely not a replacement for my PC. Not even a replacement for the PC I had 8 years ago.
  14. My guess for the logic of the multiple docking stations is that they envision deploying the docks everywhere, especially public locations. That way users could "dock-in" with their own programs, apps and data regardless of the location (airports, schools, friends & families homes, restaurants, libraries, etc). It is a good idea but I think the future holds a different direction where end-users do not need to carry anything and can simply log into a virtual (VPN-like or cloud-based?) terminal from anywhere
  15. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,160   +829

    Like a Chromebook? =P
  16. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,313   +258

    They should make it upgradable since I can see the GPU/CPU chips being outdated rather fast.
  17. Mr Majestyk

    Mr Majestyk TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    How do they fit the R9 295X inside that tiny box? Is it liek the tardis? Ok so ok as a HTPC, but it's useless for gaming, video and photo editing, cad. Mathematica. Basically a very low end PC in performance and yet they claim the only PC you'll need. Pull the other one it yodels.
  18. Sa tan go.
  19. JohnnyStone

    JohnnyStone TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +8

    It is an APU, meaning the GPU is on the CPU die. I have worked with the A6 5200 on a Lenovo notebook and it really is not slow. With graphics it is a lot faster than my old Core i5 2.5GHz notebook. What a lot of you guys are missing, comparing it to tablets, is that this is x86. You can run full office, Photoshop, CAd etc on it. I have used 3D designing programs like Sweethome#d on it and it is much better than the old Core i5 with its igp. Yes it will be slower than many new cpu's, but I actually see a future for such a device.

    You'll be able to play many kind of games like Minecraft. The main focus I would see this for, is for business use, basically taking your pc home. It does make sense. I do agree that they need to work on the price though. I am sure it is not that expensive to produce. Maybe $150-$200 will make more sense.
  20. trgz

    trgz TS Booster Posts: 185   +35

    Is this thing still going? locked into one design seems like a backward, almost Apple-like, concept
  21. JohnnyStone

    JohnnyStone TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +8

    Can you fit your all-one in your pocket?
    Not a correct comparison.
  22. JohnnyStone

    JohnnyStone TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +8

    Depending on what PC you had 8 years ago. Also, could you put your pc 8 years ago into your pocket? I somehow doubt that.

    I am not sure where you buy, but I cannot find an x86 with more power than crappy Atoms anywhere for this price. I think you might be comparing Bay Trail CPU's. Please don't. This is a proper CPU that can deliver much more performance, especially with graphics.

    A Galaxy Tab and Surface Pro 3 goes for $399 with an Arm cpu. None of them can run Sketchup, Sweethome 3D, full office or PC games, can they?
  23. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,136   +624

    You can't use it without a monitor, keyboard, mouse... so unless you have monitors everywhere you go, it's practically useless.
  24. Yea that's kind of the point with the "Docs"

    What's more interesting is this thing is probably easier to upgrade that those stupid all in ones. But I guess you wouldn't know about that considering you've never worked on one.

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