CherryPal is a new Linux-based mini-desktop that saves on power, but lacks on performance which may lead to some concerns.
The CherryPal “cloud computer,” announced on Monday, which looks more like a thin client, uses only 2 watts of power at maximum usage, 97 percent less than typical desktops, the company claimed.
There’s a trade off with the low power consumption and that’s performance, said Michael Kanellos, senior analyst with GreenTech Media. It is best used as a secondary home desktop for basic Internet and productivity applications, but other than that, it serves limited purpose, Kanellos said.
Priced at US$249, the system includes a Freescale processor running at 400MHz, 256M bytes of RAM and 4G bytes of internal flash storage. It comes with the OpenOffice suite and the Firefox Web browser. By comparison, Asus Eee PC mini-notebooks have at least an 800GHz Intel Celeron processor, 512M bytes of RAM and 2G bytes of flash storage for about $300.
Users have the option to store data online, a concept known as “cloud” storage, and access it from any device, including mobile phones. Online storage capacity of 50G bytes will be provided at no extra cost, according to the company.
The system weighs 0.66 pounds (0.3 kilograms) and runs an embedded version of Debian Linux. It will not come with Windows, according to the company. It doesn’t include a monitor or keyboard.