Tuxbrain , authorized distributor and reseller of Genesi Efika MX
The Efika MX Smarttop is a network computer based around the i.MX515 Cortex A8 ARM™ SoC from Freescale.
The Efika MX Smartbook is a netbook computer based around the i.MX515 Cortex A8 ARM™ SoC from Freescale.
After testing both for a while, I realize I was using the Smartbook "testing" unit , as my trip netbook more than my actual "old" netbook, for it lightness (less than a kilogram), by the battery live (about 6 hours of working time) using it to web browsing, read/write documentation, making presentations (with USB2VGA)... without worrying of not being two hours away from a plug. Also due it lack of need of an airflow to refrigerate de CPU , there is no noisy fans and you can use it without need to worry to cover the air entrances.
Victor , due he has an monitor with HDMI input, was in charge of test the SmartTop, and in spite of we have meet various times and had explained his (good) impression about the unit, he will write some comments on this post as penitence for not having returned the unit yet to the office, (our resistance to return the units is a clear indicator on how much we like it :) )
We see the SmartTop,in other things , as a clear energy saving solution, Do you know what is the average consumption of an standard desktop computer? easy, take a look at its power unit, it should be not less than 300W, What? well... ok they are oversized to avoid overtakes so let's say an 120W average (better now?) ... the SmartTop just needs 5W, fifteen times less!
For some applications like information kiosk, web applications or light office computer , in a place with various computers it can be a great improvement in the electricity invoice ;) .
Let's see an example, in a teaching class room with 8 PC seats, on 8 hours a day 20 working days, in Spain the cost of a kW/h is 0,14€ aprox.
Low range PC standard
120Wx8hx20daysx8PC=153600 W/h=153,6 kW/h x0,14€=21,50€ /month ->258,00€ /year
Genesi Efika MX SmartTop:
5Wx8hx20daysx8PC=6400 W/h=6,4 kW/h x0,14€=0,90€ /month ->10,75€ /year
Yes.... I also have to review it twice to discard any mistake in the maths and believe it, you can tune you calculation taking a look at you electricity company invoice for the kW/h price and putting on a PC plug a cheap power consumption counter a hardware store. In this case with the money saved that guys can pay the 8 Efika MX units in 4 years.
Why do you have to maintain your big and powerful QuadCore or i7 equipment to share files 24h eating watts as there is no tomorrow, if you can have an Efika MX SmartTop by its side as small home server 24/7 just plugging an USB external hard disk.