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Utilite mini PC starts at $99, scales up to quad-core ARM and 512GB SSD

By Jos
Jul 15, 2013
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  1. Truly affordable and compact computing devices aimed at education and do-it-yourself markets have taken off in recent months. Although Raspberry Pi is certainly the most popular example, similar initiatives include devices such as the ODroid-X, FXI Cotton Candy, BeagleBone Black...

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  2. These little PC's are nice but most lack 1 important thing. quality Audio

    YEs they have HDMI 1080P support BUT the audio is one thing these mini pc's are lacking.

    im still using my PS3 has a media server since it has the best video upscaling and great sound output for my Yamaha/Paradigm suround system
     
  3. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    If you're serious about HTPC, you wouldn't use an internal audio card. you would pass the audio through HDMI and let your AVR do the work. having an audio card in the mix will just limit your sound system's potential.
     
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    How come nobody offers top configuration on ARM? I would be very interested to see a similar box, but with something like Snapdragon 800 (8-core), 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, USB-3 ports, - something like that wouldn't cost much, or at least not more than modern smartphones cost, but would make an excellent alternative desktop with Android on board, so you can have it on a 24" touchscreen, which is also affordable now.

    But nobody offers anything like this...
     
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86


    I believe those specs would put the product at a $350~$500 range, which is in line for high end smart phone. but I think this article is referring to low cost media PCs.

    I believe what you're referring to belongs to the mid grade HTPC crowd.
     
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424


    Perhaps, but it would be awesome to have an Android on a big screen, and maybe even with Leap Motion when it comes out ;)
     
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,387   +106

    You can put Android on the big screen already with your tablet using HDMI output. Android mini PC would solve some media issues with WTV devices. But these devices need more than 1GB of RAM though and this one has 4GB. I might get one and see how it goes.
     
  8. Can it transcode? Nope? Didn't think so. =(
     
  9. No usb 3.0? thx ill pass
     
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    I'm not sure why you think those features would be included, while looking at a $99 base price for a PC.
     
  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,387   +106

    I am more interested in the Gigabit and HDMI for making it so I can watch WTV on other sets in the house without the need for full dual core desktop or laptop.
     

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