In Pictures: 16 matchbox PCs - small but powerful

These tiny systems, ranging from bare-bones boards to full-blown, ready-to-run PCs, are ideal for hackers and hobbyists who want to create their own powerful machines.

Keyboard included Some even come with a keyboard.

Clockwise, from top left: The Ben NanoNote runs its own custom build of OpenWrt, the Jlime distribution or anything else you can get to run on its 336MHz MIPS processor. Only 1,500 pre-manufactured units were made, but the hardware design is available as an open project.

Next up in size, the OpenPandora (starting at $479), is billed as a mixture of PC and gaming console and is only a little larger than the Nintendo DS.

The Gecko Surfboard ($119) packs an Intel-powered system into a standard-sized keyboard but only uses 5 watts -- hearkening back to the everything-in-the-keyboard design of the Commodore 64/128.

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