Intel’s cool Next Unit of Computing (NUC) PCs have one serious limitation compared to say an All-In-One PC: storage. With room for just a single mSATA drive, NUC storage was limited to about 1TB. That’s no longer the case, though, thanks to the new NUC D54250WYKH, which accepts 2.5-inch drives in addition to mSATA devices.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2014 issue of the magazine.
At some point in the future, there will be a brand new version of the Raspberry Pi, likely dubbed Raspberry Pi 2. For now, however, the Raspberry Pi Foundation decided to tweak the original model one final time by implementing several requested upgrades, and what emerged is the Model B+. It uses the same BCM2835 application processor as the Model B and still has 512MB of RAM. Heck, it even costs the same (or at least it's supposed to) -- $35. So, what's new?
Plus, a Raspberry Pi competitor, Alienware's $3600 Titan-Z system, reader questions, and more!
This week on episode 227 of the No BS Podcast, the Maximum PC crew came together to chat about a supposed leak of Haswell-E specs and weigh the likelihood of a Windows 9 release this year. We also debate whether or not we'd buyAlienware's newest made-to-order system (is it a deal, or is the Titan-Z still not worth it?), and the potential of a souped-up competitor to the Raspberry Pi board, called the HummingBoard, for pet projects. All this plus staff picks, questions from readers, and a particularly spirited rant from Gordon.
New single-board computer from Israeli company to begin shipping later this month
Israel-based Solid Run is now taking orders for a single-board computer that is reportedly capable of fitting into any third-party case designed for the hugely popular Raspberry Pi. Looks and size aside, the HummingBoard, as the diminutive PC is called, is much more powerful than its storied rival.
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.
The unique $35 Raspberry Pi computer set the PC world on its ear last year. Part computer science project and part incredibly cheap PC, the DIY single-board computer is such a hot item, some retailers are charging double what the unit originally cost. Of course, where there’s money, there’s Intel. The chip giant has formally introduced its $320 “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC, PC concept—basically a bare-bones, hobbyist kit PC. While this is admittedly an apple–to-orange comparison in many respects, we felt that hobbyists deserve to see an accounting of the pros and cons of each in a head-on fight.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
A $25 camera add-on will allow Raspberry Pi owners to shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
Is there anything you can't do with a Raspberry Pi? Well, yes actually, there are things you can't do, like shoot video and take pictures, at least not natively. That's going to change, perhaps as early as next month, though it could take longer. Regardless, the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed a new 5MP camera add-on that will plug directly into the Raspberry Pi, which could lead to some interesting mods.
The latest version of XBMC takes the media center platform to a whole new level of awesome.
XBMC 12.0, codenamed "Frodo," is now available for public consumption, though we must warn you that nergasms are likely to occur. Just peeking at the list of new features is enough to set one off, and we fully understand why the developers confidently state this latest release will "blow you away." HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD? Check. PVR support? Check that too. Support for Raspberry Pi and Android? We need more checks.
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."
Intel and ARM go head-to-head in the small-PC arena
We got a review unit of Intel's tiny Next Unit of Computing(NUC) HTPC in the office and decided to compare it to the ever popular Raspberry Pi. While the unit is significantly larger and more expensive than the popular credit-card sized computer, the Next Unit of Computing is also much more powerful. It features a 17W Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz processor on a QS77 motherboard, four USB 2.0 ports, a thunderbolt port, and a HDMI port. The device supports up to 16GB of DDR3 laptop RAM and has PCI-e slots for a wireless card and m-SATA SSD.