Micro computers, so small that they fit into the palm of your hand,well, almost. They save about 45% of desktop space, but at the same time provide close to 95% of the performance of a regular PC. They do not weigh much and they are suited for desktop computer users that want to be on the go, but do not like the laptop compact keyboard, and limited performance. The funny thing is that these small computers weigh less than most laptops (especially the old dinosaurs), can fit into a briefcase (as long as you do not plan to carry much else), and provide quick hook up for point-to-point mobility. Many of these units can provide most of the same capabilities as a normal tower PC system along with many of the sophisticated operations. One of the clues to how these little guys can perform so well is, of course, miniaturization, but more importantly, they are most often “made to order”. This means they have been created with the exact specifications aligned directly to the purchaser’s needs and none of the “stuff”or “fluff” that would not help to achieve the goals of the user. Which are both good ideas – but also expensive.
Some manufactures claim to have the “smallest computers in the world.” We all know what they mean is the smallest available to the consumer- there are a lot smaller computers, but they are not available (at least at this point) to the consumer. These really small computers are on work benches all across the world and in research labs and in government usage. The smallest size commercially available is about 6.5 x 6.5 x 2.0 inches. That is pretty impressive and as you may remember, about the size of a DVD burner drive! The small size gives more room for a monitor and/or a printer on the top of your desk.
So, pack it in the brief case along with a few cables and a folding keyboard and borrow a monitor when you get to where you are going and you are all set!