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Q: Looking for small form desktop pc. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Looking for small form desktop pc.
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: sherpaj-ga
List Price: $8.00
Posted: 28 Feb 2003 21:34 PST
Expires: 30 Mar 2003 21:34 PST
Question ID: 169118
I am looking for something like a Dell's OptiPlex (like the OptiPlex
GX60 NEW, or even better, like the ultra-small chassis OptiPlex

The problem is I need it with 2 or 3 days and can’t wait for a Dell to
be built.  Is there any off the floor models that fit this small form

Is there other form factors which will meet my need, which is to be
able to toss it into my suitcase, pack some clothes around it, and let
the airline baggage people do their rough work on it.

It would be nice if I could add a IDE drive to it, sometime down the

Request for Question Clarification by serenata-ga on 28 Feb 2003 22:52 PST
Hi Sherpaj - 

I'm posting this as a clarification ... I'm not sure this would be
what you might be looking for.

Compaq has an ultra slim - the EVO D510, which might be something
close to what you're looking for?

Subject: Re: Looking for small form desktop pc.
Answered By: snapanswer-ga on 01 Mar 2003 23:33 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I suggest the mini-pc's available from  These are
available from many sources, however, I recommend this retailer
because they indicate that they will ship the item in 24-36 hours on
business days, and they offer expedited shipping, as well.  This
retailer offers pre-configured models which allows them to ship them
sooner.  Also, note that these tiny machines are fully equipped, with
built-in 10/100 Ethernet, built-in 56K modem, Firewire, USB, and a
built-in television-out allowing you to connect to your hotel's TV
(S-Video or Composite) to watch DVDs when you are on the road.  Please
note that these do not include an operating system or software

Latte MiniPC: 2.4Ghz Pentium 4, 512MB RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, CDRW/DVD

Cappucino TX-3 MiniPC:  1.2Ghz Pentium 3, 512MB RAM, 30GB Hard Drive,
Note:  There is a notice that the TX-3 may take longer to ship.  Expedited Shipping Information

There are other vendors that you may wish to investigate.  However,
there is no indication of what their turn around time is for orders. 
In addition to similar models as those from, this
particular retailer offers a slightly larger machine with expansion

SlimPro 2 Bay PC

The parent company also creates a small computer with a built-in
screen, though, I suspect at that point, you would probably get a
laptop instead.  However, I thought I would include a link, for your

Wafer Mini PC intended for Industrial Applications

The machines from are similar, though slightly different
from those available from  Note that they include 2
network ports and a PCMCIA slot.  They also appear to be slightly more
expensive and perhaps slightly slower on shipping. Pocket ePC-3

Gateway has an interesting all-in-one pc that includes a large LCD
display.  They also have the Gateway Stores which would hopefully
allow you to pick up a PC sooner than waiting for the mail.
Gateway Profile 4 Series

In addition to the models based on Intel architectures listed above,
there is also a small platform called mini-itx.  Unfortunately, I do
not know of any vendors with particularly rapid turn around times on
these units.  I mention them here only for the sake of completeness,
in the event that you may have further interest in this topic.  They
are significantly less expensive than the above alternatives.

Excellent Mini-ITX resource based in the UK iBox minipc mini-itx computers

Other web sites that you may find interesting:

Search Strategy:  I have personal knowledge of these form factors.

Search Terms:  mini itx

I hope you have found the provided information useful and easy to
understand.  If you have any questions about this information, please
do not hesitate to post a clarification request.
sherpaj-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
thanks much.  Also thanks tons to Serenata for the tip about dell overstock models.

Subject: Re: Looking for small form desktop pc.
From: serenata-ga on 28 Feb 2003 22:32 PST
Dell has a couple of the Optiplex refurbished  and ready to ship out
the door ... if you're interested ...

I have gotten overnight shipments from them when they have inventory
on hand.

Subject: Re: Looking for small form desktop pc.
From: jeremymiles-ga on 01 Mar 2003 11:36 PST
You might be interested in one of these:

(Note sure about US suppliers or shipping though.)

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