Fit PC launches the 2i

Fit PC, manufacturer of compact low-powered computing devices, has unveiled its latest creation - the industrial-themed Fit PC2i.

Building on its existing Fit PC2, the Fit PC2i takes an Intel Atom Z-series CPU - depending on budget you can choose the Z510, Z530, or Z550 - and crams it into a housing measuring just 10 cm x 11 cm x 2.7 cm and weighing a mere 330g.

With fanless cooling, the Fit PC2i is designed for places you just can't cram a standard PC - but where you need the flexibility of a full x86 platform, rather than a cut-down 'embeded' system. It's a sector in which Fit PC has previous form, although this latest model does more than most to appeal to the industrial market.

Accordingly, the Fit PC2i comes with a raft of connectivity options. The front features a pair of mini-USB ports, an IrDA port, a mini SDHC reader, and the all-important power button. The rear plays host to an antenna connector for the integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi radio, a pair of gigabit network ports, an S/PDIF digital audio output with 5.1 surround sound support, line and microphone inputs, two full-size USB ports, and a DVI-D video output.

Somewhat disappointingly, Fit PC seems to have missed a trick with this last feature. Despite using a HDMI connector, the output on the rear of the Fit PC2i only transmits video - and with the HDCP support that would be required to show copy-protected high definition content.

It's a minor niggle, though - and with no room for an optical drive in the device's svelte interior, it's not as if Blu-ray playback was a realistic option, even though the USB 2 ports could accommodate an external drive.

The Fit PC2i Lite, which comes with 1GB of RAM and a 1.1GHz Atom Z510 will set you back £265 plus VAT, while the top-end Fit PC2i Ultra comes with double the RAM, a 1.6GHz Atom Z550, and a 160GB hard disk with Windows XP, Windows 7, or Linux pre-installed for £399 plus VAT. Both models - plus a middle-range 'Turbo' edition - are available now from Fit PC.