Sparton LPC-140G4 mini-PC is built for the trenches

Mini-PCs tend to be small and cute things that end up on the corner of a desk or perhaps next to a TV. That's definitely not the case with the Sparton LPC-140G4. This mini-machine is aimed at industrial, military, and marine applications, among others.

The LPC-140G4 is smaller than even most mini-PCs, at 4" x 6.1" x 1.5" (or 10.2 cm x 15.5 cm x 3.8 cm). That works out to a total volume of just 0.6 L. The mini-PC comes with a choice of Haswell CPUs in the form of the Intel Core i3-4100U or the Celeron 2980U, and up to 16GB of DDR3 spread across two SO-DIMM slots.

This rugged-looking box comes with a total of four Gigabit Ethernet ports and two RS-232 ports, plus two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, and PS/2 ports for both mouse and keyboard. Video output comes by way of DVI and DisplayPort outputs. Interested buyers can configure the LPC-140G4 with an optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module. The machine has another trick in its bag, too—although it comes with its own power brick, it can take voltages in the 10V-to-26V range, making it easier to integrate into existing installations.

The base configuration goes for $1,190 and includes the Celeron 2980U CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Buyers can order one of these puppies right away from Sparton's store.

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