The only real downside to the FitPC is no battery. Add a UPS to the cost. But the power saving should offset that.
...sorry, I should have mentioned that I have a spare, unused, Belkin UPS that is too small for the wife's "new" super-duper computerized embroidery machine that she recently bought, which I hope to use. The FitPCi's eight watt operating power should definitely NOT be a problem, as the UPS is supposedly
rated for 60W for one hour...depending, of course, upon the "life" of the sealed gel-cell lead-acid battery inside.
I'm guessing MOST of that 60W or 80W power supply capacity goes to those added fans and HDD (another benefit for the SSD). I looked through the Intel
brochure link and could not find any
statement about power consumption at all...but, *if* it really needs those fans, that means there's HEAT and where there's HEAT, there's WATTAGE, which ain't so good...especially in tightly "packed/enclosed" electronic devices.