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Ockel Sirius B shrinks a PC into your palm

Some folks would just love to take their computer with them wherever they go, especially if they need it for work. But they just hate having to schlep such a large device around with them, even if it’s just a laptop.

Ockel Sirius B is an updated version of the Sirius B pocket PC from Ockel Computers. It’s a Windows PC with the power of a desktop computer, but the lightness and size of a smartphone that allows it to fit in one’s pocket. It comes in a choice of white or black housing with aluminum edges. The computer features a fan-free design, allowing it to operate silently. Other features include HDMI 1.4 output, an Intel processor, 2 USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD memory card slot and up to 4 GB of RAM.

The white Ockel Sirius B with an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 2 USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI cable ships this month. Future pricing isn’t given. But Kickstarter backers can order one now with pledges of about $173 for a version without Windows 10, about $194 with Windows 10, about $199 with a 64-GB microSD card but no Windows 10, and about $220 with all the features.

The Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry version follows in October and features an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 4 GB RAM, a Wi-Fi AC chip, 64 GB of internal storage, an HDMI cable, and a USB 3.0 and a USB 2.0 port. Future pricing isn’t given. But Kickstarter backers can order one now with pledges ranging from about $266-about $385. Its makers hope to raise $49,451 by Aug. 26.

The first Sirius B had a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign last year. But the latest version of its product isn’t exactly a sure thing because of the many competing products now available, including Gole1, a product that boasts dual Windows and Android operating systems. As with just about any small PC, Sirius B is good for normal day to day computer usage, but those expecting to use it for 3D computer games will be sorely disappointed because it lacks enough power to support such software.

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