At the same time desktop PC and autonomous mobile device, the Ockel Sirius A is a new kind of hybrid, compact and promising, which aligns very beautiful promises. Launched on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, this mini PC under Windows 10 has already exceeded its fundraising goal.
It must be said that the device is ingenious. Its case is small enough to fit in your hand and slip into a pocket. It measures only 12 cm wide, for 8.5 cm high and 2 cm thick for its widest edge.
But its compactness is not everything. It has been thought as much to be a small transportable PC, which can be connected to a screen, a keyboard and a mouse, than as a mobile device, usable alone thanks to its touch screen. It embeds indeed a battery 3000 mAh, which is given to assure him up to 4 hours of autonomy in video reading.
To achieve this feat, Ockel, a small Dutch company, worked in close partnership with Microsoft to enable an automatic switch mode that allows to “transform” the Sirius A input device (keyboard and / or mouse) as soon as it is connected to a screen. Of course, for more comfort, it is possible to use a keyboard and an external mouse that will be connected to the mini PC either USB 3.0 or Bluetooth.
Because Sirius A is rather rich in connectivity despite its small size. It offers two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type C port, an HDMI jack, a DisplayPort port, an Ethernet connector, and even a mini jack port.
In addition, to be used as a mobile device, the Ockel mini PC, has a microphone, a speaker and a camera on the front, for video chats. It also contains an accelerometer, a gyroscope and even a magnetometer. Its 6-inch Full HD touch screen should allow you to interact directly and safely with the version of Windows 10 Home (64 bit) embedded on a flash storage of 64 GB – expandable with a microSD card.
And to run all this, Ockel opted for an Intel Atom processor (four cores, clocked from 1.6 to 2.56 GHz) and 4 GB of RAM. The graphic part, provided by Intel as well, should allow the playback of 4K video.
Ultimately, this Sirius A seems able to be as a mini desktop PC as a mobile companion. Ockel even presents it as a gaming platform or a media player connected to your TV for watching movies or streaming content from Netflix, for example. An incredibly unusual product that should arouse at least the curiosity, even the enthusiasm of the most geeks of us. It is presented from 500 euros and should be available in May 2017.