Hackboard 2 Is a $140 Windows 10 Pro Single-Board Computer-news

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The Raspberry Pi continues to be the most-popular choice for single-board computers, especially considering the very low price point. But what if you want a single-board computer capable of running Windows 10? The Hackboard 2 offers just that for a surprisingly low price.

Hackboard 2 was created by a team spread across Austin, London, and Shezhen. As The Hackboard website explains, the idea was formed very early in the coronavirus pandemic when Quantum Engineering CEO Mike Callow came up with the idea of “creating a small, low-cost, Windows-powered and Intel-based computer for children, parents, and educators who wouldn’t normally be able to afford one.”

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After months of hard work, Hackboard 2 is the end result of that idea. It utilizes an Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor running at 1.1GHz with a burst frequency of 2.8GHz. The chip is supported by 4GB of DDR4 RAM, 64GB of eMMc on-board storage, and two NVMe M.2 slots allowing storage to be expanded up to 4TB. There’s also Gigabit Ethernet, Intel dual band wireless AC9560, Bluetooth 5.1, and optional modules allow the addition of 4G ($50) or 5G ($299) by using one of the available M.2 slots. The available ports include three USB 3.0, HDMI 2.1 (4K), a 40-pin GPIO, 30-pin screen eDP (supports up to 15.6-inch displays), 5-pin speaker connector, 10-pin battery connector (3.7V), 5-pin USB 2.0 camera connector, and 3.5mm audio jack.

Hackboard spec comparison

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As for the price, well that’s just as impressive as the board. If you want a Hackboard 2 including a copy of Windows 10 Pro, it’s just $140. Prefer to run Linux? Then lower that price to $99 with a copy of Ubuntu Linux pre-loaded. Both versions of the board are available through CrowdSupply, with $8 shipping to the US and $20 worldwide. There’s also a Starter Kit version for $180 including Windows 10 Pro, a protective ABS plastic case, a 1080p USB 2.0 video camera, and a wireless keyboard with integrated trackpad. For $299, you can grab the Complete Kit, which expands on the Starter Kit by adding a portable 13.3-inch IPS 1080p HD display with integrated speakers, USB C and HDMI inputs, a mini USB B power supply (5 V / 3 A), and protective cover that doubles as a stand.

Orders placed now will be shipped on April 30, 2021. The Ubuntu Linux version of the board is exclusive to CrowdSupply and won’t be offered once the funding campaign (which has already reached its goal) ends. There’s nothing to stop you purchasing the Windows 10 Pro version and switching to a Linux distro, though.

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