Small computers aren't anything new to write about. Xi3 Corporation's new little computer, however, is unique. It has more ports crammed into as little space as possible that we've seen in recent years.
For such a tiny box, it doesn't skimp out on accessible ports. The Xi3 has six USB 2.0 ports, DVI, two eSATA ports, audio in/out, DisplayPort, ethernet and special 'Xi3 Port." Who else besides professionals need two eSATAs and six USB ports? There are three CPU options are available for the Xi3 — 1Ghz, 1.8Ghz and 2.2Ghz. Sorry Intel, but these dwarfs run on AMD Athlon processors.
All of this is crammed inside a small 4-inch aluminum cube. Take that Mac Mini! The interesting thing about this tiny PC is that it's case also serves as a heatsink. Yeah, pretty cool stuff.
The Xi3 is so small and cute that we want to buy one for the home theater. Too bad it costs $850 and is "available in limited supplies for evaluation and proofs-of-concept purposes" starting today. For regular folk, you'll have to wait till next year to grab one.