The refreshed Zbox Nano XS now sports an AMD E2-1800 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU).
Zotac's Zbox Nano XS mini PCs are about as small as they come, measuring 4.17 inches x 4.17 inches x 1.46 inches, trumping even Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) system, which measures 4.59 inches x 4.41 inches x 1.55 inches. Another difference between the two is that Zotac offers an AMD version (Nano XS AD13), which it just refreshed to take advantage of the Brazos 2.0 platform.
Sapphire's Edge HD4 mini PC is about the size of a paperback book.
After testing the mini PC waters with its Edge HD series, which is supposedly the "smallest fully featured PC in the world," Sapphire felt motivated to introduce a new, more powerful model. Sapphire's Edge HD4 retains the "stylish outline" of its predecessors, but offers better performance with an Intel Celeron 847 processor. The Celeron brand gives some users the heebie jeebies, but note that this is a dual-core part clocked at 1.1GHz with 2MB of L3 cache and built around Intel's last generation Sandy Bridge architecture. It won't run Crysis, sure, but it shouldn't trip over day-to-day computing chores, either.
New Pi Store serves up games and other toppings to Raspberry Pi owners.
Well here's a surprise. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, makers of the low cost Raspberry Pi Model A ($25) and Model B ($35) mini PCs, today announced the Pi Store. You'll find all kinds of different apps in the Pi Store, even games, all capable of running the credit card-sized systems that sell for peanuts. The founders say it's a great place for "total beginners" to dive in and enjoy the "Raspberry Pi experience."
Zotac's bread and butter is its line of Zbox mini PCs, one of which just got a little bit faster today. The Zbox AD06 gets a performance boost thanks to the addition of AMD's E2-1800 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which features integrated Radeon HD 7340 graphics. According to Zotac, the net result is 10 percent faster performance compared to the previous generation Zbox.
In yet even more itty bitty computing news, the Raspberry Pi crew has announced that they've overcome previous manufacturing difficulties and are now churning out their mini-PCs are the brisk rate of 4,000 a day. Whoop-dee-do, what does that mean for you? Simple: the shortage is over and the Raspberry Pi's various manufacturers are now taking general orders. Plus, you can order more than one now.
Giada, a Chinese manufacturer specializing in mini PCs, last week announced a “book-sized” mini PC called the i53, which is very similar to the last Giada product reviewed by us—the Giada i50—in that both look virtually identical and pack an Intel Core i processor. While it may be hard to distinguish between the Giada i50 and i53 at first glance, the two are actually quite different.
Raspberry Pi: it's a geek's low-cost dream for a basic HTPC, but due to the time difference between the U.S. and Britain I've yet to be able to get my hands on one in the brief windows that they've been available for. Sigh. So my hopes skyrocketed when VIA announced its Pi look-alike, the $50 APC 8750. And joy of joys, it went up for preorder today! …then promptly sold out in a matter of hours, before I was able to snap one up. Double sigh.
First at PAX East and then at the inaugural Intel Platinum Summit in London, a diminutive PC designed by Intel managed to get a lot of eyeballs back in April. Dubbed “Next Unit of Computing” by Intel, this small PC stood out due to both its small size and powerful entrails. At 4x4”, it lies somewhere between the Raspberry Pi and traditional mini-desktop PCs, but has just about enough space for powerful Ivy Bridge innards.
One of my earliest gaming memories involves trading illegal goods, hunting down pirates, mining asteroids and generally gallivanting around the galaxy as the intrepid Commander Jameson in the Amiga version of Elite. Unfortunately, the Amiga was killed off soon afterwards -- or so we thought. It turns out that the Amiga brand, kind of like Cthulu, was just biding its time. Commodore USA just announced it's releasing a new small form factor PC sporting the Amiga name, but packing a much, much bigger punch than its predecessor.
Zotac's ZBOX line of itty bitty mini-PCs must be doing well; new models have been popping up on what seems like a biweekly basis. Nothing changed at CeBIT! Zotac spent its time at the German tech conference showing off three new ZBOX mini-PCs announced earlier this week -- one standard-sized Sandy Bridge-sporting model, another ZBOX nano offering, and a third with a Blu-ray drive.