CompuLab's Fitlet Is A Very Tiny, Fanless, Linux PC With AMD A10 Micro

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 18 June 2015 at 01:30 PM EDT.

Over the past few weeks I've been testing out the CompuLab Fitlet as a neat little Linux PC powered by an AMD A10 Micro-6700T APU with Radeon R6 Graphics. The model I've been testing features 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD with the mentioned A10 Micro APU all while being fanless and being smaller than an Intel NUC. The performance out of this tiny computer is quite impressive and reinforces that good things can come out of small packages.

CompuLab, the manufacturer of the Fitlet based in Israel, describes their new line-up as, "a fanless mini PC with high performance, excellent graphics, up to 4 LAN ports and 5 year warranty. filtet is among the smallest PCs available and packs more features than any similar PC...For those familiar with the Intel® NUC – fitlet is somewhat similar. Just much smaller, fanless, with more features, and more powerful than NUCs in its price range."

CompuLab is the same vendor behind other award-winning, mini PCs like the Fit-PC2, Trim-Slice, Utilite, and Intense-PC series. Like these past models reviewed on Phoronix, the hardware is Linux friendly -- our review sample shipped with Linux Mint -- and the build quality is top-notch.

The model we reviewed was from the Fitlet-I class with WiFI while the Fitlet X is the model to feature four NICs. The device features up to 8GB of RAM, mSATA, dual HDMI, dual Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac WiFi, micro-SD, six USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0), etc. At different price-points there's different AMD APU SoCs at play from the E1 Micro-6200T dual-core with Radeon R2 Graphics at the low-end to the A10 Micro-6700T quad-core with Radeon R6 graphics at the high-end. Pricing on the low-end Fitlet-B model starts at $129 or $246 for the Fitlet-I model and goes up to $710 for the high-end A10 APU, 8GB of RAM, 120GB SSD, and an option of Windows 7 Professional. For Linux users, Linux Mint 17 64-bit is their preferred non-Windows OS for the Fitlet.

Included with the Fitlet-I was the WiFi antennas, a VESA mounting bracket, HDMI to DVI adapter, power adapter with US and European power plug types, serial port adapter, and a basic user's manual.

On the front of the device is the power button, one USB 3.0 port, two audio jacks, the micro-SD slot, and two USB 2.0 ports. On the rear of the device is one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, two HDMI ports, one COM header, the +12V DC power input, and one Gigabit Ethernet port. On the left side of the Fitlet-I is an eSATA connection along with the two WiFi antennas and a second Gigabit Ethernet port.

The Fitlet-I is smaller than an Apple Mac Mini, CompuLab Intense-PC, and the Intel NUCs.

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