Zotac's been making miniature sized PCs since before they became vogue, and with technology advancing at a rapid clip, the company's latest boxes pack an impressive amount of power. That includes the latest Zbox Nano systems -- ID68 and ID69 -- which feature 4th Generation Intel Core processors (Haswell). These aren't gaming systems or Steam Machine candidates, but for daily computing chores, they look like serviceable solutions.
Stealth.com Inc, manufacturer of computers and peripherals, has unveiled its new high-performance, small form factor PC designated LPC-630F. Taking some inspiration from Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) PC, the computer is quite small measuring 7.9x7.9x2.5-inches and features an aluminum chassis that also performs as the device’s heatsink by dissipating any heat build-up in the absence of cooling fans.
Looking for a small PC? It doesn't get too much smaller that Zotac's Zbox Nano line of mini PCs, which you can tuck neatly out of sight behind your monitor for a home brewed all-in-one experience. These aren't typically powerhouse systems, though for the first time, you can get quad-core processing from a Zbox Nano machine. The new Zbox Nano AQ01 features an AMD A4-5000 APU clocked at 1.5GHz with Radeon HD 8330 graphics.
Three new Zbox SKUs welcome Haswell to the mini PC party
Zotac today announced a trio of new Zbox mini PCs built around Intel's 4th Generation Core processor (Haswell) family. Given the improvements in power management that Haswell brings to the table compared to previous generation processors, in addition to the other architectural upgrades, mini PCs are a logical choice for Intel's latest chips. In this case, Zotac opted to go with the Core i3 4130T (dual-core, 2.9GHz), Core i5 4570T (dual-core, 2.9-3.6GHz), and Core i7 4770T (quad-core 2.5.GHz-3.7GHz) processors.
We liked the idea of Intel's original NUC (Next Unit of Computing), which delivered a full-fledged computing experience in a tiny chassis that you could hold in the palm of your hand. Freezing issues plagued earlier versions, and while we had success swapping out the mSATA SSD to alleviate the issue, it didn't solve the problem for everyone. Intel has since supposedly solved the issue, and just in time to launch an upgraded model built around Haswell.
Tiny PC supports a variety of open source platforms
Teeny tiny PCs like the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone are finding fans among the modding community, which in turn is leading to some interesting and unique projects. It's also fostering competition in the fun-size PC market. One of the newest entries to the of field mini computing is SolidRun and its CuBox-i line of open source systems starting at $45. That gets you the CuBox-i1 with a 1GHz single-core ARM processor.
New website caters to Raspberry Pi modders of all skill levels
Want to see detailed steps on how to turn the Raspberry Pi into a fully functional laptop? How about directions for controlling a Raspberry Pi with an Xbox 360 controller? Both are fairly easy to accomplish in the grand scheme of the things, but if you're new to the world of modding and mini PCs, it can be a little daunting. Hence part of the reason Element14 went and created Raspberry Pi Projects, a website that caters to Raspberry Pi owners of any and all skill levels.
Revised design should stop the NUC from freezing up due to heat
Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is an intriguing device. The NUC is a mini PC built around an incredibly small 4-inch by 4-inch by 2-inch chassis that Intel would like to see become the standard for miniature systems that pack a punch. Though it's small, it offers residence to a 1.8GHz dual-core, Hyper-Threaded Core i3 processor, two SO-DIMM RAM slots, mSATA SSD slot, and a built-in Wi-Fi card. That's a lot to cram into such a tiny device, and as it turned out, first generation models had a problem with overheating.
Windows 8-ready mini PC supports up to 16GB of RAM
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is currently underway in Los Angeles and we are in the thick of the action, bringing you frequent updates straight from the show floor. But don't forget that we are just a few days removed from the end of Computex 2013, an event where PC vendors from around the globe were out in full force to showcase their latest PC designs. Among the myriad products announced at that event was a diminutive HTPC named VivoPC from Asus, which apparently felt that the world wasn’t quite ready to learn about the machine’s specs at that time.
Small form factor (SFF) PCs have been around for a long while, but now we're starting to see ultra compact systems with powerful components emerge into the market place. Enter Gigabyte and its new BRIX desktop, a square-shaped PC that fits in the palm of your hand just like Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) device, it sports a stylish glass surface mounted on an anthracite aluminum frame.