Portable computers used to be huge suitcase-size affairs. Then technology improved and we got laptops that were actually portable, and everyone was happy. Manufacturers took that to mean we wanted even smaller computers, and started producing pocket PCs and itty bitty laptops that could fit in the cargo pocket of your shorts. But, the only people who bought them were hackers and system admins, so they stopped making them. Now, the tiny laptop is back with the Falcon 8″ 2-in-1 on Kickstarter.
Falcon has a small 8″ touchscreen IPS LCD display, and a relatively thin bezel. That means the overall size of the laptop is very small, so you’re not getting anything close to a full size keyboard. What you are getting is a remarkably portable laptop that’s perfect for hacking expeditions and patching into servers as a terminal. It weighs just 1.5lbs, and, like most laptops these days, Falcon is a 2-in-1 that can be folded around to become a tablet.
Luckily, you’re not getting mere ARM tablet processor here. Falcon is packing an Intel® Pentium® Silver N5000 CPU, one of the new SoCs that’s part of the Gemini Lake family. It has four cores operating normally at 1.10GHz with boost up to 2.70GHz, and can run Windows 10 or Linux. Falcon comes with 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. The 5800mAh battery should be good for about 8 hours. It even has a built-in OFM (optical finger mouse), so you don’t have to rely entirely on the touchscreen.