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JaguarBoard is an affordable, single board x86 alternative to ARM-based Raspberry Pi

By Shawn Knight
Jan 21, 2016
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  1. Are you in the market for a tiny hobby-style board like the Raspberry Pi but yearn for something with a bit more power that also happens to be based on the x86 architecture? If so, the JaguarBoard currently seeking funding on Kickstarter may be worth a look.

    The JaguarBoard is an x86-based single board computer that measures just 101.9mm x 64.5mm x 1.6mm. It's powered by Intel's quad-core Atom Z3735G (1.33GHz that boosts up to 1.83GHz) mated with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of local eMMC storage.

    The board features one HDMI 1.4 port, a 10/100 LAN port, three USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, two COM ports, an SDIO port, four GPIO pins and an I2C port. Because it's an x86 platform, you're free to install a variety of different operating systems including Linux and Windows.

    The Kickstarter campaign blew past its initial goal of $3,000 as more than 400 backers have collectively pledged over $25,000 as of writing. The first two early bird tiers - for $45 and $50 - have unfortunately all been spoken for meaning you'll need to pluck down $65 to secure your spot. In addition to the board, you'll also get a USB hub and a 16GB TF card at that price.

    Do note that each reward tier lists an estimated delivery of January 2016. Unless they're planning to ship within the next few days (which may be possible if they're already manufactured and ready to go), I'm not sure they'll meet this strict deadline.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,550   +852

    Id rather pay 10$ more for one with a wifi module and one less USB port so I can 3d print a tablet case for it
     
  3. Michael Silver

    Michael Silver TS Rookie

    Twice the price and no WiFi. It's not for me, but still nice to see alternatives.
     
  4. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 214   +126

    Oh a kickstarter. Thought you could get it from stores, well wont concern me then.
     
  5. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    This is like the "lite" version of computestick isn't it? half the memory and half the storage minus wifi. for a little bit more you can get intel's own computestick with similar configuration OR the meegopad which is similar but has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC with wifi and bluetooth. don't forget the hdmi plug and the case.

    in any case I think 1GB of RAM is rather low these days. my old 9.6" windows tablet has the same spec: Z3735, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of soldered storage - and it does get slow if I open say two instances of ms word documents at once, which tells me the RAM is full.

    im sorry but just like the mini-stx vs nuc, I dont think it is worth the price. check out meegopad and intel computestick at amazon or newegg and you know what I'm talking about.
     
  6. chip igmo

    chip igmo TS Member Posts: 51

    How do these raspberry pi and jaguarboard fare when compared to intel compute stick and the like?
    or are they like apples and oranges and not in the same league?
     
  7. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24


    Basically, yes.
     
  8. EClyde

    EClyde TS Guru Posts: 706   +180

    The Pi is OK but it's linux and linux is for linux. It took two days for me to get my Pi to do what I wanted. Now it's set it and forget it. If this takes off Pi will be toast.
     
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    Why would you?? there are plenty of x86 cheap tablets with better specs for probably less than you could arm this up.
     
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,550   +852

    For one, its fun to do things onesself, and for two, id like to wire one up to a 15.6 inch screen maybe. these reasons are very similar to why this product exists - not because itll end up being superior to similarly priced complete products, but because people want something to take up their time,
     
  11. r00lz

    r00lz TS Rookie

    I think price is little high. You can get Windows tablet for 80$ with same spec, otherwise with tablet you not get gpio and rj45
     
  12. SeiveD

    SeiveD TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Still the Odroid XU4 is more tempting in some ways. I'd be sold on this thing if it supported USB 3.0... But so many of these single board computers seem to want to omit fast interfaces. Add on a SATA port like the Banana Pi PLUS USB 3.0? Yep, this would be the bomb.
     

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