Bay Trail

The success of UCFF PCs have made vendors realize that small and power-efficient computing platforms are here to stay. ARM SoC manufacturers, finding that the tablet market had reached saturation, kick-started a new product category in the form of 'HDMI sticks'. As a computing platform, they were smaller than the ultra-compact form factor PCs - just looking like an oversized USB key. Intel announced the Compute Stick at CES to bring one of the first Wintel platforms into this space. Late last month, Google also introduced a Chrome OS-based HDMI stick. Both of these point to the 'stick' computing platform being more than just a passing fad. The Intel Compute Stick we are reviewing today comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) pre-installed, making...

Intel at MWC 2015: SoFIA, Rockchip, Low Cost Integrated LTE, Atom Renaming and 14nm Cherry Trail

After day zero at Mobile World Congress already boasting some impressive releases, Intel tackles their platform on day one on several different fronts. As part of a pre-briefing, we...

37 by Ian Cutress on 3/2/2015

Dell Updates Education Solutions with New Chromebook 11, Latitude 11, and Venue 10/10 Pro Offerings

Today Dell announced a collection of product updates with a focus on education, with the announcement of a new Chromebook 11, Dell Latitude 11 Education Series, and Venue 10...

23 by Jarred Walton on 2/12/2015

Toshiba Chromebook 2: A Feast for the Eyes

Chromebooks are often viewed as a low cost alternative to Windows laptops, and as such they are frequently a victim of the race to the bottom, where the manufacturers...

61 by Jarred Walton on 2/11/2015

ECS LIVA X Review: A Fanless Bay Trail-M mini-PC

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. ECS first took...

34 by Ganesh T S on 1/16/2015

Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano Review: A Fanless Bay Trail-M mini-PC

Over the last couple of years, mini-PCs in the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) have emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Zotac is no...

44 by Ganesh T S on 1/6/2015

QNAP TS-853 Pro 8-bay Intel Bay Trail SMB NAS Review

QNAP has focused on Intel's Bay Trail platform for this generation of NAS units (compared to Synology's efforts with Intel Rangeley). While the choice made sense for the prosumer-targeted...

57 by Ganesh T S on 12/29/2014

GIGABYTE GA-J1800N-D2H Review: Dual Core Bay Trail-D at $69

Our recent review of the HP Stream 11 by Brett Howse, featuring a dual core Bay Trail-M, made me wonder about the utility of such a desktop system based...

39 by Ian Cutress on 12/26/2014

HP Stream 7 Review: A $119 Windows Tablet

Late last month, we published our yearly holiday guide for people interested in buying tablets. We took a look at what we considered to be the best tablets running...

151 by Brandon Chester on 12/19/2014

GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXBT-1900 Review: A Bay Trail UCFF PC

Over the last couple of years, the ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) has emerged as one of the bright spots in the troubled PC market. Intel kickstarted the category with...

31 by Ganesh T S on 10/24/2014

The Battle of Bay Trail-D: GIGABYTE J1900N-D3V and ASUS J1900I-C Reviewed

All the recent talk of Haswell-E and high-end refreshes has obscured the more casual computing market. The Bay Trail platform uses Intel’s Atom based Silvermont cores and competes directly...

59 by Ian Cutress on 10/17/2014

ECS Reveals LIVA Product Roadmap

The PC market is warming up to the ECS LIVA 'nettop' that we reviewed back in July. The fanless nature and low cost, as well as 'good-enough' performance serve...

3 by Ganesh T S on 9/4/2014

ASUS EeeBook X205: The $199 Windows Alternative to Chromebooks

When ASUS introduced the first EeePC back in 2007, it became a huge hit and essentially ushered in the era of the netbook. Using Linux as the core OS...

35 by Jarred Walton on 9/3/2014

Habey Releases MITX-6771, J1900 Thin Mini-ITX with Long Life Cycle Support

Habey’s main focus in the PC market is towards industrial computers, with Ganesh having reviewed the BIS-6590 and BIS-6922 fanless systems last year. Industrial oriented components by their nature...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/23/2014

QNAP Launches x53 Pro Bay Trail NAS for SMBs

The launch of the QNAP TS-x51 series was covered in great detail. QNAP took the lead over other NAS manufacturers in opting for the 22 nm Atom SoCs. While...

18 by Ganesh T S on 8/10/2014

More Fanless Bay-Trail: ASRock Releases Two Pentium J2900 Motherboards

When we looked at AMD’s Kabini platform, AMD in its press materials pitted their high end APU against the Pentium J2900 in terms of price and performance. The only...

24 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

QNAP TS-451 Bay Trail NAS Performance Review

The launch of the QNAP TS-x51 series was covered in detail last month. Its introduction has revitalized the premium NAS market for SOHO and power users by providing a...

57 by Ganesh T S on 7/28/2014

ECS LIVA Review: The Nettop Rises Again

Nettops and netbooks, as a class of products, have been on the decline over the last few years. However, the introduction of SoCs based on the new Silvermont Atom...

55 by Ganesh T S on 7/18/2014

QNAP TS-x51 NAS Series: Intel Quick Sync Gets its Killer App

At Computex 2014, we visited QNAP and came away with a lot of information (some of which had already been demonstrated at CES). After Computex, QNAP got in touch...

51 by Ganesh T S on 6/22/2014

Bay Trail-D from ASUS: The J1800I-C

We previously reported on Bay Trail-D motherboards coming from ECS, GIGABYTE and Biostar, but today it is ASUS’ turn to add in a SKU to the mix. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

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