That sounds great, but is this hardware still available to buy somewhere?
Yes, sure - either from the manufacturer itself (DMP Electronics: http://www.compactpc.com.tw/
), or from a reseller in your country (Germany: http://www.epatec.de/
What is the price tag
This depends where you buy it - directly from the manufacturer or from a reseller. Directly from the manufacturer (in Taiwan), eBox-3310MX-H
is about $150 USD, excluding VAT, import taxes (if you have any) and shipping fee. From a reseller it's more expensive, but it already includes all the taxes & VAT, and shipping inside the country is generally free. If you want to buy just one, I'd suggest you buy from a reseller. I buy directly from the manufacturer, but I buy at least 5-6 each time (then it makes sense).
and how different are newer models with more computing power?
The model I got BIOS for (eBox-3310MX-H
) is just 1 model behind the newest one, so it probably has 85-90% computing power of the newest one. But the newest model (eBox-3330
) was just released, so I still don't have any of those to compare them, and the new models always have some hardware issues that get fixed with time. In addition, the BIOS we got is only for the 2nd newest (eBox-3310MX-H). So I don't suggest you buy the newest one, rather you should buy the 2nd newest (eBox-3310MX-H) if you want.