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A mini-PC, cheap, in a keyboard capable of running Windows? It’s the Abacus and it’s coming fast!


Stephane Ficca

Hardware & gaming specialist

June 21, 2022 at 2 p.m.

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Pentaform AbacusBasic © (Image: Pentaform)

© Pentaform

The British start-up Pentaform launches AbacusBasic, a tiny Windows PC.

A computer that is actually integrated into a small keyboard, and that’s it.

A keyboard under Windows?

For all those looking for a compact PC under Windows, able to perform office operations, the British start-up Pentaform offers this brand new AbacusBasic. Like the microcomputers of the 80s, all the components are gathered at the heart of a small keyboard, which will be connected directly to a screen (not supplied) via VGA or HDMI.

From then on, the user will be able to take advantage of a Windows interface (compatible with Windows 7, 10 and 11), to perform simple tasks such as browsing the Web, editing documents, etc. A computer could not be more discreet, therefore, which is now available for pre-order on the manufacturer’s website at a price of 140 euros.

Pentaform AbacusBasic © (Image: Pentaform)

© Pentaform

At this price, we benefit from a basic configuration, namely an Intel Atom X5-Z8350 processor clocked at 1.44 GHz, which can be supported by 2, 4, or 8 GB of RAM. Storage is provided by eMMC technology, with space ranging from 16 to 128 GB. Of course, we also find here the essential Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules.

The AbacusBasic is both practical and eco-friendly

Obviously, the AbacusBasic computer is designed for all those who do not have the space (or the desire) to accommodate any PC box to connect to their screen. In addition to being practical, the AbacusBasic is also green.

© Pentaform

Indeed, not only is the keyboard made of recycled plastic, but given its configuration, the computer has very low consumption, around 31 kWh per year, according to Pentaform. That’s 75% less than a standard laptop. Notice to interested parties.

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