Since the dawn of computing, an
annoying but necessary stigma attached to most desktop PCs was the
continuous noise they made. Though the eventual addition of
temperature-controlled fans and fluid-dynamic bearings in hard drives
have drastically reduced some of this noise, there are some people
out there who find that these are still just not enough.
Well, those people may worry no more,
as, with the continuing push for “green computing” that started
at around 2006 or
so, more and more fanless, diskless computers are hitting the
market. German PC maker Deltatronic has been part of the ranks for a
while now, and its new entrant comes with a bonus – not only is the
AIO silent, it also takes after the so-called 'iMac' form-factor,
in that all of the hardware is integrated into the monitor.
space-challenged users rejoice!
who aren't space-challenged, though, can plug in two extra monitors
to the Silentium! AIO's HDMI and
DisplayPort outputs for a three-monitor workspace. The machine can
surely handle such a setup well, too, despite being fanless. Through
page, buyers can choose up to a quad-core Intel Core i7
processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to two solid-state drives with 512GB
of capacity each, a Blu-ray disc-writing optical drive, and either
Windows 7 or Windows 8, among other things.
components include the 23.6” integrated display, which offers a
1920x1080-pixel resolution and LED backlighting, alongside a pair of
stereo speakers, two gigabit LAN ports, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0,
a multi-card reader and a 0.3-megapixel webcam. Deltatronic offers a
two-year warranty standard, which can be upgraded to three years for
a fee if the buyer chooses.
this isn't a completely silent system, in that the optical drive will
make noise. That's only when you put a disc in, though. Just idling
there, it will not make a sound, unlike hard drives, which are not
even offered as an option on the Silentium! AIO. Still, I get the
feeling that Deltatronic should allow buyers to similarly eschew the
optical drive completely (by default, you get a DVD writer) – disc
storage isn't as popular as it once was, what with web-streaming
taking that market by storm.
This black thing is probably a heatsink. You'll want to avoid touching it after using the PC for awhile
With that said, how
much does all of this almost-silent goodness cost? Well, the
bottom-end configuration, which includes a dual-core Celeron CPU, 4GB
of RAM, a single 128GB SSD, and – surprise – no operating
system, costs 990 euros, not including shipping. That's a little bit
over $1300 in US dollars. Ouch. Adding beefier parts to the config
will only make that number go up.
Then again, there
are no fans in the Silentium that will eventually wear down and stop
cooling effectively, or at all. Often this can happen without the
typical user noticing. As well, no constant airflow through the
innards means less dust to clog and further reduce cooling
effectiveness. What I'm getting at, is that perhaps for some people,
the high price tag will be worth the potentially longer system life.
Along with the lack of noise and the all-in-one design, of course.
you'll have to be somewhere
in Europe to order a Silentium! AIO from Deltatronic. As I said
earlier, though, the fanless PC segment is still growing. I recently
wrote about how HP is preparing
all-in-one silent PC, and, while that machine's specs are
compared to even the cheapest Silentium! AIO model, who's to say that
HP – or Dell, or Acer, or some other big name – will eventually
start competing with the smaller shops like Deltatronic in this brave
new world of noiseless computing?