ASUS outs the E210: its first, really fan-less mini PC

Mini PCs are really a dime a dozen of late, but very few of them can boast of the silence of a fan-less design. ASUS tried that early this year, but ended up shoving fans inside the Eee Box 1037. Now the company is taking another swipe at it with the E210. This Intel-powered fan-less mini PC tries to deliver just enough power to be a decent home server or basic desktop PC, without taking up too much space on the desk or the living room.

That power part might be a bit debatable. The ASUS E210 runs on an Intel Celeron N2807 which is a dual-core chip running at 2.16 GHz. RAM is 2 GB but it can handle up to 4 GB. It can also handle up to a 128 GB SSD. Graphics is delivered by an Intel HD GPU, so heavy gaming might be out of the question.

What it might lack in power, it definitely makes up in connectivity. Aside from WiFi, this super slim PC has 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 D-Sub VGA, 1 RJ45 LAN, and 1 COM port. There's also a 4-in-1 reader for SD cards and good old-fashioned MMC. Interestingly, the mini PC is advertised to run not only Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded but also "DOS". That said, it might very well be powerful enough to run some media server-friendly OS.

Of course, the real selling point of this slim box is its fan-less design, offering a quiet workspace and a small footprint, both in space and energy consumption. At 1.5 lbs, the E210 is light enough to be fitted behind a monitor and even has a rotatable VESA mount for that very purpose. Now all that's left is waiting for availability details, and whether this will really have no fans all the way to the very end.


VIA: Liliputing