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SolidRun unveils mini PCs that supports both Android and Linux

By David Tom · 12 replies
Sep 10, 2013
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  1. Miniature PCs are apparently all the rage these days. With the success of comparable projects such as Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone, these 2-inch cube computers are another inexpensive alternative, starting at just $44.95 for the rudimentary CuBox-i1. Armed with a 1GHz...

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  2. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +349

    Hey techspot guys how about a roundup review on all the available mini-pc options for turning a living room TV into a media computer type deal?

    There are so many options available and even more DIY solutions like this little guy that it's really hard to figure out what works and what doesn't.
    ghasmanjr likes this.
  3. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    That would be awesome if they could get this to run on a AA battery or similar to enhance the mobility factor.
  4. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Enthusiast Posts: 82

    512MB + JB4.2.2 = Disaster
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  5. I agree with lipe123, it would nice to have an article about these type of devices/computers and what they can realistically be used for (media streaming, web, audio, etc). Thanks
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,474   +510

    While I love my Raspberry Pi, the horrifically slow development of a good and stable Android build is pushing my interest away from it and towards some of these other fun little toys. I've been tinkering with "smart TV upgrade" methods, and my R-Pi just almost fit the bill... Lack of Netflix streaming capabilities pretty much kills using Linux systems like the Pi, in my house... At least with Android-based systems, I can leverage the existing Netflix apps.
  7. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 317   +41

    Aww. It's adorable.
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,539   +423

    Okay wow. That's small.
  9. mizkitty

    mizkitty TS Enthusiast Posts: 48   +11

    Price seems a little high when you compare it with the current crop of RK3188 Android TV sticks.
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,539   +423

    Yes, but it's the expandability and being able to leverage Linux in addition to Android that makes it appealing I'd think.
  11. Stupido

    Stupido TS Booster Posts: 66

    I was eyeing I.MX6 processor because it has very broad support of connectivity...
    I was particularly looking for (tablet-like) platform that supports CAN (for the ones that doesn't know what is it: Controller Area Network - network of choice for automotive industry);
    it looks like only I.MX6 ticks all the tick boxes... :)

    so I found this one: http://boundarydevices.com/products/nitrogen6x-board-imx6-arm-cortex-a9-sbc/
    it is on the expensive side (~200$) but checkout the connectivity!
    also supports not only android, but Debian/Ubuntu and Arch http://archlinuxarm.org/platforms/armv7/freescale/nitrogen6x

    damn nice board...
  12. ypsylon

    ypsylon TS Booster Posts: 169   +57

    OK, fun little thing. But sometimes tiny is to tiny. Just like mobile phones, soon you will have to buy phone with anchor from a battleship to find where you left the phone. ;D
  13. From the standpoint of an IT manager looking to migrate from physical to virtual desktops, these kinds of micro terminals are the perfect platform to look at as remote desktop access clients. Running any flavor of Ubuntu with Remmina installed, or employing one of several HTML5 based RDP gateways, these things can help my agency make the leap to virtual desktop infrastructure... much less administrative overhead. Hopefully.

    I am interested to give the Android variant a run as well. With enough staff using the Google Apps platform, Windows becomes a much less critical piece of the IT puzzle.

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