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August 25, 2014

The DSA2LS is a low-cost desktop PC that runs Android 4.2.2

The DSA2LS is a low-cost desktop PC that runs Android 4.2.2

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From full Windows machines to Chromeboxes, there’s a fair bit of choice if you’re looking for a small form factor desktop PC in 2014. Shuttle’s latest effort, the DSA2LS distinguishes itself by opting for Google’s Android operating system, while providing low-end specs and good connectivity.

You won’t find any high-end components here, but that’s not what the DSA2LS is about. Shuttle’s new machine revels in its low-end specs, running on a 1 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, backed up by 1 GB of RAM and only 4 GB of internal storage. Luckily, there is an SD card slot on the front of the system allowing for expansion up to 64 GB. The card slot is sealed away behind a screw-locked panel for security.

While the system isn’t going to break any computing speed records, it is completely fanless, with an ambient temperature range of 0-45° C (113° F) and an idle power consumption of just 4 watts, making it ideal for 24/7 operation. Shuttle suggests that the system would make a good always-on media center, as well as a good fit for digital signage, point-of-sale, automation, monitoring and thin client/remote access applications.

The machine features a competent port selection

The machine is also very small, with a thickness of just 35 mm (1.4 in) and a footprint of 142 mm (5.6 in) x 190 mm (7.5 in). There’s a VESA mount included in the box, and an Always-ON switch can be activated, allowing the system to turn on as soon as it’s plugged in.

The DSA2LS doesn’t run the latest version of the OS, instead making do with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It does pack a competent selection of ports, offering four USB 2.0 on the front, an R232 serial port, VGA and HDMI, as well as Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. The system will output at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution to a single monitor, but will automatically switch to 720p when both outputs are in use.

You can pick up Shuttle’s new barebones desktop right now from specialist retailers for €131 (US$173) excluding VAT.

Check out the video below for a closer look at the DSA2LS.

Source: Shuttle

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Chris Wood Chris specializes in mobile technology for Gizmag, but also likes to dabble in the latest gaming gadgets. He has a degree in Politics and Ancient History from the University of Exeter, and lives in Gloucestershire, UK. In his spare time you might find him playing music, following a variety of sports or binge watching Game of Thrones.   All articles by Chris Wood
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4 Comments

I think Shuttle should rethink this product or at least it's price point considering SolidRun's CuBox has pretty much the same specifications, comes in a smaller package (also fanless), and is exactly half the price...

http://www.gizmag.com/cubox-i-mini-computer/29164/

Jon Smith
25th August, 2014 @ 07:44 am PDT

In addition to the CuBox-i running Android 4.4 (http://www.solid-run.com/products/cubox-i-mini-computer/ ) there is the Utilite (http://utilite-computer.com/web/utilite-models ) with better specs for around the same price - and has images for both Android (http://www.utilite-computer.com/wiki/index.php/Utilite_Android ) and Ubuntu Linux (http://www.utilite-computer.com/wiki/index.php/Utilite_Linux ).

EricInDayton
25th August, 2014 @ 09:30 am PDT

For just a bit more you can get something like a Asus VivoPC that come preloaded with Windows 8.1.

Per Jon Smith, that CuBox is really interesting.

Rann Xeroxx
25th August, 2014 @ 11:57 am PDT

Something new just what we need more technology

Floyd Georgia
13th September, 2014 @ 06:04 pm PDT
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