Mini-PC

ASRock has introduced updated versions of its Beebox-S small form-factor PCs. The new NUC-like systems are powered by Intel’s Core i5-7100U/i3-7200U CPUs featuring the Kaby Lake microarchitecture, but apart from that the computers are identical to their predecessors running the Skylake chips. ASRock positions its Beebox-S both for general-purpose computing as well as for multimedia playback. Just like their predecessors, the Asrock Beebox-S comes in a small black enclosure (110×118.5×46 mm, 0.6 L) that is akin to other Intel NUC-like systems. Since the PC is based on Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, it has rather advanced video playback capabilities, which make it a good candidate for an HTPC. Moreover, ASRock specifically mentions HDMI 2.0 and support for 4Kp60 with 10-bit HDR output as one of the...

GIGABYTE BRIX Gaming UHD GB-BNi7HG4-950 mini-PC Review

The PC market has been subject to challenges over the last several years. However, gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have weathered the storm particularly well. Many vendors...

54 by Ganesh T S on 10/28/2016

Zotac ZBOX CI523 nano Fanless Skylake-U mini-PC Review

Passively cooled computing systems are popular amongst consumers worried about noise from fans and their associated maintenance requirements (particularly, for industrial use-cases). Traditionally, fanless high-performance PCs have come with...

35 by Ganesh T S on 10/5/2016

GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 Dual LAN Skylake BRIX Review

Ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) PCs have become quite popular after Intel introduced the NUCs. They have become powerful enough to be the primary computing platform for many households. However...

25 by Ganesh T S on 9/21/2016

ASRock Beebox-S 6200U Review - An Alternative to the Skylake NUC

The Skylake-U platform for mini-PCs has turned out to be an interesting one. Numerous challenges were faced by the first one in the market - the Intel Skylake NUC...

30 by Ganesh T S on 8/10/2016

More Atom: Apollo Lake On Display

Further to our recent post about spotting Denverton silicon on display at Computex this year, we also caught an Apollo Lake mini-PC motherboard doing the rounds at the ECS...

17 by Ian Cutress on 7/15/2016

ASRock DeskMini 110 mini-STX PC Review

Intel introduced the 5x5 mini-STX form factor late last year with the aim of creating a small form-factor PC between that of a NUC and a mini-ITX build. Compared...

82 by Ganesh T S on 6/8/2016

ZOTAC MAGNUS EN980 Detailed - A SFF VR-Ready PC with GeForce GTX 980

Several months ago, ZOTAC introduced its ZBOX MAGNUS EN980 PC featuring NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 Notebook GPU. It was positioned as one of the world’s smallest VR-Ready systems. This...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/30/2016

The Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK mini-PC Review

The desktop computing market has been subject to severe challenges over the last few years. The ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PC market that emerged with the introduction of the Intel...

133 by Ganesh T S on 5/23/2016

Intel Unveils New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with 14nm Goldmont Cores

This week, at IDF Shenzhen, Intel has formally introduced its Apollo Lake platform for the next generation of Atom-based notebook SoCs. The platform will feature a new x86 microarchitecture...

96 by Anton Shilov on 4/15/2016

MSI Releases Vortex: A Mac Pro-Like SLI PC for Gamers and VR, from $2199

We originally laid eyes on the final design back at CES, but now MSI has begun to sell its Vortex gaming desktops in the US. The 6.5-liter systems resembles...

31 by Anton Shilov on 3/17/2016

ZOTAC to Offer Small Form-Factor PC with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 GPU

Various kinds of small form-factor PCs are on a roll these days. Mini-ITX systems have been offering performance of full-size desktops for several years now and even smaller systems...

17 by Anton Shilov on 3/11/2016

Voyo V3 Review - A Fanless Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (Cherry Trail) mini-PC

Intel transitioned their Bay Trail-T Atom lineup (targeting affordable 2-in-1s, tablets and Compute Stick form factors) to 14nm with the introduction of Cherry Trail-T. The Atom x5 and x7...

69 by Ganesh T S on 3/1/2016

ECS Goes Skylake with LIVA One

At CES 2016, ECS displayed their consumer-focused as well as OEM products to the press and business customers. On the direct-to-consumer side, ECS had some 100-series chipset boards on...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/19/2016

Zotac Updates ZBOX mini-PC Lineup at CES

Zotac had announcements in multiple segments at CES. Obviously, the SSD entry was the big talking point with the PCIe variant boasting good performance numbers. Zotac also had a...

14 by Ganesh T S on 1/16/2016

CES 2016: MSI’s Vortex Gaming PC on Display and It Looks Almost Like a Mac Pro

One of the most interesting PC designs to come out in recent years was that of the Mac Pro. Sure, it looked like a cylinder into which one might...

27 by Ian Cutress on 1/14/2016

CES 2016: GIGABYTE’s Double Length Gaming BRIX

The BRIX mini-PC line from GIGABYTE is an odd internal mashup within the company whereby the server business unit designs it, but the consumer arm does the marketing and...

12 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2016

Intel Expands Compute Stick Family with Cherry Trail and Core M Models

The desktop PC market is seeing growth only in two areas - the gaming high-end and the mini-PCs (in the NUC form factor). Intel has been strengthening its offerings...

34 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2016

Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN970 Review - A Gaming mini-PC Done Right

In the course of our coverage of mini-PCs, we have seen offerings from vendors such as ASRock, GIGABYTE and Zotac targeting the gaming market. Usually, 'mini' doesn't fit the...

88 by Ganesh T S on 9/28/2015

ECS LIVA x2 Review: A Compact & Fanless Braswell PC

The popularity of the NUC form factor has led to a resurgence in the nettop category. Thankfully, the core computing performance of the new systems have been miles ahead...

30 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2015

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