There are several developers working towards this right now! Unfortunately most of these projects are still in the "Crowdfunding" or "Pre-order" stages.
One promising board, the "UP-Board" currently on Pre-Order: http://www.up-board.org/
16GB EMMC memory
Intel processor (Compatible with Windows 8.1/10, Unknown if compatible with Linux)
I'll recommend a Gigabyte BRIX, specifically the model with the i5 4570R, a 2.7-3.2 GHz Quad core i5. The iGP is a Iris Pro 5200, with the 128 MB of L4 cache
For RAM, I'd recommend a 1866 MT/s 2x8 GB kit, just for a bit of extra speed. It's about $20 more than a 1600 MT/s kit though, so if you want to save a bit of money, it shouldn't matter too much. Price ...
I specifically recommend you consider specifically a PC Engines APU. http://www.pcengines.ch/apu.htm
They come with 2 or 3 gig interfaces, and have internal mini PCIe slots too. You can choose between the 2GB or 4GB ram models, unfortunately it is soldered onto the board. The mSATA cards listed are confirmed to work with pfsense.
They use a serial ...
TL;DR: Option 3 (way down at the bottom) with a Node 202
Because upgradability and the experience with your son seem to be important to you, I'm going to rule laptops, NUCs, and other prebuilt solutions out of hand. To be clear, this isn't to say that a laptop + evideo card or something along those lines would be a particular poor solution in terms of the ...
For those looking for a Weather station with an API i found some (not ordered):
1) Ambient Weather
JSON Formatted Data
Connection secured by key
Lot of weather stations (from $100 to $1000)
2) WeatherFlow Smart Home Weather Station
REST API and local data access via UDP and BLE
AI / Machine learning improves forecasts over time (someone has ...
To translate your dimensions into normal terms, you're looking for a Mini-ITX (or Mini-DTX) board.
I'd recommend the Asus H110I-PLUS/CSM, $86 from Newegg:
6.7" x 6.7"
Two RAM slots supporting a total of 32 GB
One PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
Reasonably "full-featured": 4 SATA ports, 6 USB ports, Ethernet, eight-channel audio
The chipset and voltage ...
Unless your LAMP stack will see high load, the Raspberry Pi 3 is a perfect choice for your purposes. It can even be overclocked decently if you add a few small heatsinks to its chip surfaces.
I have successfully run a low-use LAMP stack off my Raspberry Pi A+, which is a single core 700mhz ARM CPU (I had it OC'd to 900mhz but whatever) with 256mb system ...
Mini PCIe gigabit ethernet is a thing it seems.
Some hacking needed (and warranty voiding maybe?) or maybe a 3d printed lid if its a proper NUC. I'd tradeoff wifi, I suppose, but there's reasonable workarounds for that.
It might also work with my current brix, though I need to work out how to cable it though
If you like the NUC then stay with it.
A NUC or other small hardware can run pfsense well with one NIC, provided you have a managed ethernet switch, and you're prepared to have full duplex 500 Mbit through your firewall rather than full duplex gigabit.
I had a small shuttle board/case with one onboard NIC, and no provision to add anything else. USB was ...
I ended up asking Streacom (what an idea, eh?) and they confirmed that the FC8 should work fine with Thin-ITX, such as the Asus H81T.
I received my FC8 Alpha and can confirm that it happily accomodates Thin-ITX boards (I'm using an H81T, but Thin-ITX is sufficiently precisely defined that it should work for all Thin-ITX boards).
I'm currently running a asrock beebox as a home server and I'm pretty impressed - its a reasonable balance between most of the factors I'd find handy in a small home server.
Its tiny, smaller than the brix of any size, and while its a 'less powerful' N3150 braswell processor, its probably plenty for LAMP hosting (I've done it for less and I run VMs with KVM ...
Here's my experiment with Intel NUC:
I managed to add a second nic by cutting a hole in NUC.
(i3, 8GB, flash drive as boot device)
More details here:
Consider the Logic Supply ML100G-10.
RAM is a single SODIMM
CPU is an Intel Celeron
My company uses a lot of NUC-class machines. While I have no experience with this particular model, we haven't had any significant issues with Logic Supply products.
I can't speak to availability or how you feel about the pricing, but it is a NUC ...
If you are looking for the next 5 years of life, why not look at a (refurbished) Dell Small Form Factor PC?
A core i3 or i5 (I recommend the latter) will be more than enough for 5+ years of use, plus you get the backing of a big name. Parts are simple and easy to come by and because this is an Optiplex product (meaning it's for business, not home), it ...
I was going to suggest a phone with a good slide-out keyboard such as the Sony Experia Mini, but re-reading your question I noticed you are happy with larger devices possibly up to a tablet device.
I have used the Sony VAIO UX and it is pretty cool, the keyboard isn't as bad as many phablets, it's buttons feel similar to the Xperia Mini - I have used both ...
If you are looking just for a PC without a monitor,speakers, keyboard...(considering you have those). Budget might go bit over the 270$ limit. This would be a perfect PC. You can also buy these parts used or new for less money since the pricing here is Amazon/Newegg-based. I figured you wouldn't need an OS(since everyone knows where to get it :D) and an ...
GPD is THE brand for such toys.
But your list of requirements I think isn't realistic (and in a way not even relevant.) Even normal big laptops don't usually match those specs so why would you look for them in a miny device and then expect it shouldn't even be overly hot... (And TBH, comparing to the RCA Voyager Pro which has 1 GB RAM why are you looking ...
You've got a couple of problems with your spec and will need to work around them to proceed.
First, a USB connected speaker would need its own audio adapter onboard, or drivers that interface with the audio adapter on the host machine and a board in the speaker to convert the digital signal to an analog form internally. Outside of headphones, there's not ...
I know it is not totally fanless, but Intel NUCs are pretty good for what you want. They aren't that expensive and have pretty good performance and upgradeability and they are small.
For example this one has maximum memory size of 32 GB, M.2 and 2.5" drive bays, 4 USBs. It doesn't have VGA though, instead you get HDMI 2.0.
There is much more of them here, ...
I ended up keeping the Intel CS125, and just returned the 4TB drive, as I technically didn't need that much space yet. For now 2TB will be fine. But after talking with Intel support, they suggested that it's likely a 4TB drive is just too much for it to handle, and would be incompatible via USB 3. (I am still curious whether another 4TB drive might work, ...
I recently (2 month ago) bought a HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G1610T.
Here is what you get for about 170€ (Here in Germany on amazon) at the lowest configuration:
4 SATA III drive bays
One internal SATA slot which is intended to be used for the optical drive but it can be exploitet as 5th HD slot
4 GB ECC Ram which is extendable to up to 16 GB
The security is also important so that I can load updates to it over next 5 years.
So, you want to keep this device for at leats 5 years, why not make a long time investment? I would recomend the UDOO Family or the Odroid Family (Both came with their own Ubuntu flavor - As in Raspbian, you could use Tomcat to deploy JSP or JSF.).
with no need for WiFi, ...
There is a IPC2 (Intense PC) mini PC (and similar) which comes with 4th/5th generation of Intel® Core™ i7 Processors and it is compatible with with Linux and Windows.
Please check the product page at fit-pc.com about IPC2.
There is also fit-PC4 which is based on AMD G-Series APU (3 times the performance of the previous fit-PC3).
It's available in Amazon (...
You can buy used. For example, This - HP DC7800 Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop Computer (Refurbished) - is an extremely cheap x86 platform that does actually have some upgrade potential. It costs $50, but is more powerful than some SBC options and certainly more configurable.
It is the cheapest such machine I am aware of from large suppliers online. You ...
The answer to my own question is Silverstone RVZ01 with only 10.5 cm height.
They include a custom 90 degree riser inside the case, which should fit most GPUs.