When it comes to PCs, reducing size has never been particularly straightforward. With the impressively diminutive Tiny-in-One, however, it seems that businesses may have found the space-saving device of the future.
There is a trend in the tech industry to make things smaller and smaller. It’s seen as innovative to keep decreasing size without impacting performance. Steve Jobs famously once threw an early iPod prototype into a fish tank and claimed that the air bubbles coming out of it showed that there was more space inside; he sent his engineers off to make it smaller.
That approach has been a bit more difficult to do with PCs – the need for more performance, storage, cooling and upgrade capabilities has meant that making them smaller has not been as easy as with other devices. All-in-ones are a popular option as they save space and de-clutter desks, but have one main drawback: upgrades and improvements are difficult to implement, and, if one element breaks (the monitor, for example), the whole unit may have to be replaced.
Tiny-in-ones are a great alternative. They combine the space-saving features of an all-in-one, while also retaining the upgrade capabilities that many businesses will be attracted to. And, as the unit itself is separate from the monitor, there’s no issue if one of those components needs replacing.
A tiny-in-one – as the name suggests! – is a very small device that attaches to a monitor, so that the two main components remain separate. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, for example, is a 23-inch LED LCD monitor with a slot on the back for the Tiny PC to fit into. This particular monitor is compatible with all Tiny PCs, so swapping new ones in and out, depending on what’s required by IT and the business, is quick and easy.
As it’s all contained within one tiny PC that is attached directly to the monitor, there are no ugly wires hanging around all over the place. Innovations like this make life so much easier for IT departments, who can swap PCs in and out and move people around an office simply by unclipping the PC and plugging it into another monitor.
They offer everything you’d expect from a full size PC: USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, microphone and headset jacks, a DisplayPort connector for hooking up a laptop, ethernet, and a VGA out port.
Some may be concerned at how secure tiny-in-ones are – they’re so small that it would be easy to just pick one up and walk off with it, right? Wrong. Lenovo’s Tiny PCs, for example, come with a Kensington lock to ensure maximum security.
Tiny-in-ones are a great way to keep desks free from wires and save space without compromising on performance, upgrade or maintenance capabilities.