Want to double, triple, even quadruple the battery life of your laptop? Want to swap out the stale Windows software with a more flexible operating system known as Android? That’s the promise of an impending product from niche tech company CUPP Computing. Called the PunkThis board, it is easily installed into any laptop and brings a fully functional Android interface to the machine.
The PCB measures in at 2.5 inches and contains a complete minicomputer, including a 1 GHz ARM processor, 512 MB of RAM, a WiFi radio, mSata slot, and two microSD card ports. But what’s cool about it is the way it interacts with the other components that are already in your laptop, so you still have full access to USB ports, keyboard/mouse HDMI output, and all the other neat functionality that Android tablets don’t necessarily have.
Switching between your built-in Windows and the custom Android UI is easy as pie, or more specifically, a hotkey. So, in other words, it’s pretty darn cool. When can people actually expect to buy it? Unfortunately, that little detail remains unclear. The company has been unreliable in the past but says it is on the way soon. When it is available, it’ll cost less than $200. Sold.