Stealth has just updated the LPC-450, one of its smallest PCs as well as one of its fastest. The new model remains roughly as tall as but deeper than a Mac mini while upgrading performance. A base system starts with a Merom-era 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo but can be configured with up to a 2.33GHz chip for especially hard work; the new system is also built to run in harsh conditions and can be custom-ordered with a solid-state hard drive to guard against shocks or bumps. Using mobile parts also makes it easy to ruggedize the aluminum shell and to run the PC solely off of a 12-volt outlet in a car, Stealth adds. Expansion is slightly broader than Apple's system with parallel and serial ports providing connections to servers and other legacy hardware.
Priced for its pro and semi-pro audience, the entry-level LPC-450 is sold for $1,395 with a 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and a DVD/CD-RW drive. The OS is optional and can include both Windows XP or Vista for most users as well as custom installations of Linux and other software on request. [viaGearlog]