In spite of the exterior resembling that of a large notebook, the IMO-Desk will be assembled with an ordinary (not mobile!) processor, hard disk drive and memory. Of course, this makes the box heavier and larger, but this is not critical – the concept says you shouldn’t carry the IMO-Desk far away. At the same time, we get the whole bunch of bonuses instead: the assembled PC is cheaper, as desktop parts cost less than similar parts for mobile computers, and sometimes this price difference is quite tangible. Desktop parts also boast better characteristics such as higher HDD storage capacities and faster processor and memory performance. The power consumption is higher too than by a notebook, but that’s again not important: Chaintech reminds us once again that the IMO-Desk is a stationary desktop system.
The same things are true for the LCD monitor the IMO-Desk comes with. The manufacturer didn’t strive for the power consumption minimization, so we have an ordinary matrix like those you see in a typical LCD monitor and such pleasant things like better color reproduction, lower response time, wider viewing angles and higher brightness (double number of backlight lamps!).
So while the ordinary notebook is a mobile computer, and the Desknote from ECS is a mobile computer you can’t use on the go, the IMO-Desk from Chaintech is a stationary computer, just pretending to look like a notebook.
Now that we’ve grasped the concept, let’s discuss its particular implementation.
Specification and Accessories
The first IMO-Desk model from Chaintech is based on the SiS651 chipset and is designed to support Socket 478 processors. The model name is I651U. Its characteristics are listed below, right now I just want to tell you that Chaintech is planning to roll out the entire family of IMO-Desk systems for Pentium 4 as well as for Athlon XP and even Athlon 64 processors. Accordingly, there will be different chipsets from the whole gang: ATI, VIA, NVIDIA, SiS and Intel. So if things go right, Chaintech will be offering a wide range of original SFF PCs like Shuttle is offering its numerous cubic systems now.
And now the promised specifications of the IMO-Desk I651U:
- Supports Socket 478 processors: Pentium 4 (2.0-2.4GHz) and Celeron (1.7-2.0GHz) with 400/533MHz FSB;
- Integrated chipset from SiS (SiS651+SiS692);
- One DDR DIMM slot for installing a module of DDR200/266/333 SDRAM;
- One mini-PCI slot;
- Supports one 3.5” HDD with the ATA/100 or /133 interface;
- A slim form-factor optical drive (DVD-ROM);
- Smart Card-Reader supports all six popular formats;
- Integrated SiS315 graphics core supports UMA architecture and AGP 4x interface;
- 15” LCD monitor supports a resolution of 1024x768 with 16.7 million colors;
- Six-channel AC’97 audio;
- Integrated stereo speakers;
- Four USB 2.0 and two IEEE1394 ports;
- Remote control support;
- 88-key Windows keyboard;
- Integrated analog modem;
- 10/100Mbit Ethernet;
- 4.2kg weight, 350x286x53mm dimensions.
A WLAN card (802.11a/b protocol) is optional for the IMO-Desk I651U, but we didn’t have it in our system. Besides the barebone itself, you receive the necessary documentation, a CD with drivers, a remote control unit and an external power supply unit that outputs a current of 20W, 6A.