CompuLab Fit-PC2 NetTop
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 24 February 2010. Page 7 of 7. 13 Comments

If you are interested in more benchmarks of the Fit-PC2, fear not as more benchmarks are available. If you are running version 2.4 Lenvik of the Phoronix Test Suite from the GUI (or when using phoronix-test-suite reference-comparison command) the Fit-PC2 is available as a "reference system" where you can compare your system directly to the Fit-PC2 in literally hundreds of different test scenarios -- practically every test that is available through the Phoronix Test Suite.

The CompuLab Fit-PC2 is available for order directly from the manufacturer Fit-PC.com for $348 USD at the time of publishing. This model comes with Ubuntu Linux, the 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. The version with Windows 7 Professional will set you back $150 more or just $50 more for the Windows XP model. The cheapest of the Fit-PC2 models is with a 1.1GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM with no HDD/SSD or WiFi for $245 USD. Over at Amazon.com you can actually find the Fit-PC2 NetTop we tested for just $320 USD. Plus if you buy through our Amazon link we are credited so that we are able to continue sustaining our hardware operations at Phoronix -- plus the PC is likely to arrive quicker than waiting on the order to be processed from Haifa, Israel.

Is the Fit-PC2 worth it though? Well, by far it's the smallest Atom-powered PC we have encountered to date. The hardware is common among other Z530 + Poulsbo systems, but just packaged into a very small form factor aluminum enclosure. The price also is not that bad for being an ultra-compact nettop. The Habey BIS-6620-I, for example, is a nettop with only an Intel Atom Z510 (1.1GHz) and the Poulsbo Chipset but without any hard drive or system memory and that is retailing for $300 USD at the time of publishing.

CompuLab supports Ubuntu Linux on this PC, which is great to see from a manufacturer, and they even provide an Ubuntu package repository for those wishing to upgrade Ubuntu but still wanting to use the proprietary Poulsbo driver. If the Poulsbo chipset does not scare you away, the CompuLab Fit-PC2 is certainly a very interesting -- and incredibly small -- nettop worth considering for your next purchase.

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