CuBox-i4Pro, the small cheap computer in a cube

CuBox-i4Pro, the small cheap computer in a cube

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You’re probably pretty familiar with the success of the likes of the Rasberry Pi and Arduino boards, tiny little computers packed onto a single bare board lapped up by digital enthusiasts and hobbyists. Well, the CuBox-i4Pro is not all that different except it’s packed nicely into a case and this small cheap computer in a cube not only packs quite a bit of power it comes at an incredibly reasonable price.

[Image Source: Solid Run]

It’s created by Israeli startup SolidRun who created the first Cubox back in 2013 and we’re now on version i4Pro. The cube measures just 2.17” (55 mm) in width, length and height and packs Bluetooth and Wifi capability. The system comes with Android pre-loaded on a 4GB micro SD card and can also run Debian Linux.

It’s built around a Freescale i.MX6 Quad core System on a Chip (SoC) with 2GB of RAM (64 bit, 1066Mbps), a Vivante GC2000 graphics processor and a real time clock with backup battery. Whilst you could use the device as it comes, an Android machine, you can also use it as a general purpose Linux host with or without external storage, or run the open source media player XBMC.

[Image Source: Solid Run]

The front face sports a flush infrared remote control port (providing both receive and transmit ability) while the adjacent face (going counterclockwise) has a optical audio out (1). The rear face provides the (2) power connector, (3) 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port (note that the 1000Mbps interface speed is limited to 470Mbps because of system constraints), (4) 1080p HDMI 1.4 port with CEC and 3D support, (5) micro SD card slot, (6) the upper powered USB port, (7) the lower powered USB port, (8) eSATA II port, and (9) micro USB to RS232 port.

Ok so we’ll give you a little time to take in all those specs and try and make a guess on the price… $139! No, seriously.

I ran the CuBox-i4Pro with both Android and Debian and it is fast, responsive, and remarkably easy to use,” said Network World’s Mark Gibbs. “If you’re looking for a system to drive your next project or drive your home entertainment system the CuBox-i4Pro should be on your evaluation list. The CuBox-i4Pro gets [a] rating of 5 out of 5.”