Aleutia D1 Mini Atom PC
When we think of green computers, we think about power. The fewer watts consumed by a desktop or laptop solution, the better. Aleutia is a UK-based computer company that keeps this philosophy in mind, and its D1 Mini Atom PC is no exception.
Inside the D1 Mini, which measures in at a tiny 7.88”x12”x2.92”, you’ll find an Intel Atom D510 (dual-core, 1.66 GHz), integrated GMA 3150 graphics, 4 GB of Kingston DDR2 memory, one 40 GB Intel X25-V SSD, integrated LAN and audio, and a slim DVD burner. The D1 Mini retails for about $550.00 USD, or 359 British Pounds. The configuration includes the 4 GB RAM option as well as the SSD upgrade. For storage, you can go with a 320 GB magnetic hard drive or a 40 GB SSD from Intel. We prefer the SSD to the magnetic hard drive because it’s quieter (makes no noise whatsoever), produces less heat and provides a much faster environment for the operating system (Ubuntu Linux 9.10, 64-bit) to live in. While the D1 Mini ships with Linux, it has been fully tested with XP, Vista and 7, so if Ubuntu isn’t your cup of tea, don’t be afraid to install Windows.
By Aleutia’s numbers, the D1 Mini is roughly two-thirds the size of Small Form Factor (SFF) machines offered by the competition (which Aleutia lists as HP, Fujitsu-Siemens and Dell), and typically uses 80 percent less power. At peak consumption, the D1 Mini uses 23W, and only about 19W on average.
The D1 Mini isn’t a computing powerhouse by any means, but it isn’t pretending to be. The D1 Mini is a great machine for someone looking for an office computer, a machine that can run productivity suites and get online without much effort, but is limited when it comes to multimedia applications. You could buy a more able desktop for $550, but the D1 has energy efficiency and a small size that most companies cannot touch at any price point.