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Meet CHIP, the World’s First $9 Computer

posted: 05/12/15
by: Danny Clemens
CHIP $9 Computer
Next Thing Co.

A California startup is bucking the trend of high-priced computers and tablets by introducing a computer that costs a mere $9.

Produced by Next Thing Co., CHIP trims the fat that accompanies many of the other computers sold at higher price points. The operating system and pre-installed software are all open source, and users will have to supply their own peripherals (mouse and keyboard) and monitor. That being said, CHIP is still less expensive than the $35 Raspberry Pi 2, its closes competitor.

Furthermore, CHIP developers say that they were able to keep the device's price down by ordering in bulk; their initial crowdfunded order includes "tens of thousands" of CHIPS.

Although users will probably want to avoid processor-intensive tasks such as video and photo editing, the mini computer's 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage will be more than sufficient for everyday web browsing, word processing and emailing.

A Kickstarter campaign for the device has raised over $1 million, more than twenty times its original goal.

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