Mini pc articles

InFocus unveils the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro

InFocus garnered has a good deal of attention with its line of mini PCs, the $100 Kangaroo PC and more powerful $170 Kangaroo Plus. Now the company is adding a Pro version which is virtually identical to the original $100…

Neowin: Tronsmart Ara X5 mini PC review

I rely on a computer every single day of the week. It has become a necessity for my work on Neowin and also functions as my device for viewing streaming entertainment. Although I have not used a desktop PC in…

Zotac's latest mini-PCs support two-drive RAID

While mini-PCs are often a great choice for an every day desktop PC, their small form factor doesn't provide much room for large storage arrays. However, with Zotac's latest selection of Zbox R mini-PCs, users with large storage needs are…

Neowin: A look at the HP EliteDesk 800 Desktop Mini

As the world becomes more mobile oriented, it's clear many people prefer tablets and laptops to the traditional desktop. And although some are predicting the death of the desktop, chances are they'll never go away completely, so the question becomes:…

ECS Liva 64GB Mini PC Review: A tiny, efficient HTPC kit

Setting a new bar for small form factor PCs, ECS launched the Liva earlier this year, making comparable machines look oversized and overpriced. Since its debut, ECS has updated the Liva with a 64GB option and though that's double the storage, we have only seen a mild price increase to $185. Paired with a super efficient fanless design that promises smooth 1080p playback it certainly grabbed our attention.

Asrock Vision HT 420D HTPC Review

It's been a few years since we published an enthusiastic review of Asrock's pricey yet powerful Vision 3D HTPC. The company has since kept our attention with annual updates, now on its fourth generation, the Vision HT 420D has received a proper upgrade to Intel's Haswell architecture as well as other improvements that contribute to the system's respectable list of features, making it one of the most impressive HTPCs to date.

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Brix Mini PC Review: Gigabyte's Take On Small Form Factor Computing

Taking advantage of Ivy Bridge's efficient operation, Intel accompanied its third-generation Core processors with a new small form factor platform dubbed Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Unfortunately so far the project has basically amounted to a cool idea hamstrung by poor hardware choices and unattractive prices.

Gigabyte hopes to buck the trend with its own NUC offerings. Their pint-sized "Brix" systems come in four CPU configurations, including the 1.8GHz Celeron 1037U, 1.9GHz Core i3-3227U, 1.8-2.7GHz Core i5-3337U and 2-3.1GHz Core i7-3537U.

Gigabyte's Brix mini PC packs a lot of power in a tiny box

Gigabyte recently released details on a small form factor system that first surfaced last month. The Brix mini PC meaures just 1.2” x 4.2” x 4.5” and ships with your choice of ultrabook-class Intel Ivy Bridge processor alongside plenty of…

Sapphire Edge VS8 Review: The $500 Mini PC

While full-sized desktop computers are still around, tablets and smartphones have proven that technology has come far enough to essentially cram a fully capable computer into a space that is suitable for your pants pocket, a purse, or a small backpack. This idea of shrinking hardware hasn’t been overlooked by manufacturers as several now feature space-saving designs based on mobile hardware.

Such is the case with Sapphire’s new Edge VS8 mini-PC powered by AMD’s A8 APU. The system is hardly any larger than an external optical drive, while still packing 4GB of DDR3 memory, Radeon HD 7600G graphics, a 500GB SATA HDD, built-in support for Bluetooth 3.0 as well as 802.11 b/g/n wireless and a bevy of rear I/O connections.

Stealth launches book-sized LPC-480 PC with mobile Core i7

Stealth has unveiled a new ultra-compact system that is said to be its most powerful and technologically advanced small form factor offering to date. Geared toward commercial and industrial applications -- or enthusiasts who appreciate the engineering behind a hardcover…

VIA updates APC mini ARM PC line with $79 Rock, $99 Paper

Following the Raspberry Pi's cult-like reception, many companies scrambled to enter the DIY palm-sized PC market, including VIA, which started shipping its 6.7 x 3.3-inch APC for $49 last summer. That device ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread and offered an 800MHz…