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Help Me Choose My PC

The table below is intended to guide you towards the most appropriate PC for your application, and concentrates mainly on the differences between our various PC models. For this reason, features which are common across the range - such as built-in 4G modems or GPS receivers - are not discussed.  

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If you want the PC to...

...then we recommend:   

be used in a vehicle environment

CQ and C family PCs are designed specifically for the vehicle environment, and are E-mark certified.

support a wide input voltage range

All our PCs can support wide input voltage ranges:

*Note that we recommend the use of a voltage dropper for 24V vehicles.

have as low a power consumption as possible

The  CQ15 and the CQ40.

be as high performance as possible

The CQ60 series and C4 series PCs use 6th generation Intel Core i7 processors and support up to 32 GB RAM.  Also consider the CQ50 series.

support wide operating temperature ranges

CQ family PCs support operating temperature ranges of -40 to +70 °C.

be passively cooled (fanless) - in order to support extremely dusty environments

CQ family PCs are completely fanless, cooled by air passing over the external cooling fins, so dust is never drawn into the chassis.

be passively cooled (fanless) - in order to be as quiet as possible

CQ family PCs and the V100 PC are completely fanless.

be as small as possible

The CQ15 is our smallest PC, followed very closely by the CQ40 series (only 2 mm higher).  Also consider the CQ50 series, any C family PC configured with the ICPC-1 or ICPC-3 chassis.

power on and off in response to an external trigger line (e.g. ignition feed in a vehicle)

CQ and C family PCs all have external trigger feeds as standard.  The V100 can optionally have this feature. 

power on and off like a normal desktop PC (controlled by a power button on the front of the PC)

C family PCs can optionally have this feature.

be as low-cost as possible

All our PCs offer great value for money, but the CQ15 is our lowest priced PC which is suitable for a vehicle environment, and the CQ40 is our lowest priced in-vehicle PC which supports Windows 10.

support multiple independent displays (up to 7)

The CQ60G can output to 7 displays independently, whereas the CQ40, CQ50 and C4 series PCs can output to 3.  Most other models can support dual independent displays.

support an industry-standard PCI Express card

C family PCs configured with the ICPC-3 or ICPC-4 chassis feature a PCI Express slot (low profile for ICPC-3, full-size for ICPC-4).  The V200 can optionally feature a PCI Express slot.

support 2.5" removable media

The CQ30CQ50 and CQ60 series supports 2 removable HDD/SSD drives as standard.  C family PCs configured with the ICPC-4 chassis can support up to 3 removable drives.

support RAID

The CQ30, CQ40, CQ50, CQ60 and C4 series can all support at least 2 internal drives in RAID configuration.

have a built-in backup battery (UPS) for short-term self-powering

CQ family PCs are available with a built-in UPS.

provide regulated 12V or 5V outputs for external devices

C family PCs feature regulated 5V and 12V outputs, with each line supporting up to 1A.  CQ family PCs (except the CQ60 series) feature a regulated 12V line supporting up to 2A.

support multiple cellular modems (4G / LTE)

The CQ60N can support up to 5 internal modems. The CQ30 and CQ50 series can support two internal modems, as can C family PCs configured with the ICPC-4 chassis.

support Power over Ethernet (PoE)

The CQ50P features 4 x GbE LAN ports with PoE, and the CQ60 series features up to 8.

support optical drives (e.g. DVD)

C family PCs configured with the ICPC-4 chassis can support an optical drive.

be VESA or DIN rail mounted

The CQ15 and CQ40 series PCs can support VESA or DIN rail mounting by special request.