Mini-PC

Although we’ve mostly covered Chuwi’s laptop and tablet ventures to date, the company has just announced the HiGame mini-PC, and it’s worth a look. Chuwi is stepping out of their comfort zone a bit here with a new desktop form factor, featuring the new Intel 8th Gen Core with Radeon RX Vega: basically Kaby Lake G with Radeon Graphics. Chuwi is well-known for low-cost laptops, but this move into the PC gaming industry seems like a wise one, and their first entrant has a lot of appeal. This appears to be a redesign of the GBox Pro that they showed off at CES. The HiGame is a 7-inch by 6-inch by 3-inch desktop, and is based around the 65 W Intel Core i5-8305G with Radeon...

The Intel NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review: Kaby Lake-G Benchmarked

Intel has enjoyed great success with its NUC line of ultra-compact and small form-factor (UCFF & SFF) PCs. While the UCFF form-factor managed to provide enough horsepower for office...

115 by Ganesh T S on 3/29/2018

Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EK71080 Compact Gaming PC Review

Gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have turned out to be growth segments in a desktop PC market that has been subject to severe challenges recently. Many vendors...

13 by Ganesh T S on 3/28/2018

Chuwi at CES 2018: KBL-G Mini PC, Gemini Lake 2-in-1, And More

LAS VEGAS, NV – This year at CES, Chuwi is showing off a couple of new devices that they have in the pipeline. These are not yet ready for...

9 by Brett Howse on 1/11/2018

ASUS at CES 2018: New Mini PCs, PB40 and PN40, Chromebox 3 and Tinker Board S

LAS VEGAS, NV — ASUS today has announced its latest small form factor products with its PB40 and PN40 adding to its existing VivoMini and ROG GR8 II selections...

11 by Joe Shields on 1/8/2018

Ockel Sirius A is Nearing Primetime: Smartphone-Sized PC with 6-inch 1080p Display

Last year, at IFA 2016, I stumbled across the Ockel Sirius project. In its infancy, the device was seemingly straight forward: put a full PC into a smartphone sized...

65 by Ian Cutress on 9/4/2017

ASUS VivoPC X Console Now Available: Core i5, GeForce GTX 1060 for $799

Word comes that ASUS has begun selling its VivoPC X console-like small form-factor PC in the U.S. As announced back in January, the system features a quad-core processor and...

40 by Anton Shilov on 4/24/2017

CES 2017: GIGABYTE Shows Passive Apollo Lake BRIX in Embedded UCFF

Despite the candid approach that Intel has had to its Apollo Lake platform, we are now starting to see fully developed platforms coming out to play from the major...

15 by Ian Cutress on 1/11/2017

Intel Compute Card: A Universal Compute Form-Factor for Different Kinds of Devices

At CES 2017, Intel introduced a new form-factor for computing platforms in order to enable easy development, configuration, maintenance, repair and upgrade of various devices. Intel’s Compute Card is...

35 by Ganesh T S & Anton Shilov on 1/11/2017

ASUS VivoPC X: Core i5, GeForce GTX 1060, 512 GB SSD, 5-Liter Chassis, $799

ASUS at CES has introduced its new game console-like PC that weds relatively high performance, compact dimensions and a moderate price tag. The new VivoPC X packs Intel Core...

23 by Anton Shilov on 1/6/2017

GIGABYTE's New Console: The 'Gaming GT' PC Launched with Core i7-K, GTX1080, TB3

GIGABYTE has quietly announced its new small form-factor computer designed for performance-minded gamers. The new SFF PC not only packs high-performance components, such as the latest-generation CPU and GPU...

44 by Anton Shilov on 12/30/2016

MSI Cubi 2 Kaby Lake UCFF PC Review

The Kaby Lake-U (KBL-U) series with 15W TDP CPUs was introduced along with the 4.5W Kaby Lake-Y ones in Q3 2016. The first set of products with Kaby Lake-U...

32 by Ganesh T S on 12/30/2016

ASRock Upgrades Beebox-S SFF PCs with Kaby Lake CPUs

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...

9 by Anton Shilov on 12/2/2016

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...

84 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

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