Earlier this year, Chinese brand FocusWill channeled their inner ‘Commodore C64′ when announcing an Indiegogo campaign to build a computer-in-a-keyboard.
The FocusWill Coolship computer successfully went past its modest $10,000 goal and the FocusWill distributor in the UK now has the unit for sale.
But it’s a sign of how fast the mini PC market is moving that despite such a short turn-around for a start-up (around five months), the Coolship features have in some cases already been superseded.
The computer is powered by Rockchip’s original RK3066 dual-core CPU clocking in at 1.5GHz, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board flash running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). While these features are no longer ‘cutting edge’, the Coolship has general features you won’t see in most mini PCs.
For starters, there’s a full-sized keyboard. It’s also well supplied with ports including two USB2.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot. Network connectivity is well service by built-in Fast Ethernet (RJ45) and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking.
However, video output gets double points with its HDMI and VGA ports, making it well suited to that old LCD monitor you have done in the shed. Further, there are stereo speakers plus a built-in microphone. There is a compact touchpad but we think you’ll want to get your hands on a USB mouse pretty quick.
What’s more, FocusWill has created a customised Coolship OS overlay that turns it into something of a Mac OS X/Windows XP mix clone.
FocusWill has distributors in the UK and US with UK distributor NewIT listing it as ‘in-stock’ at time of publishing for £119.
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