Mini PC's

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Mini PC's

Post by gatekeeper » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:42 am

Been reading a bit about these the last few weeks. They look interesting.

http://lifehacker.com/intels-awesome-nu ... 1564239492

Basically about the size of the Roku/AppleTV/FireTV, but pretty stout hardware. Cost-wise, they aren't too cheap. By the time you add memory and the mSata SSD, you're looking at close to $400, pre-OS.

We use a few Acer Aspire REVO nettops as conference room PC's at our office. They aren't the fastest things, but they're serviceable. But the nettops like the REVO are on the decline, it seems, in favor of these. The nettops generally run some version of ATOM processors.
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Re: Mini PC's

Post by igloo » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:14 pm

That's pretty awesome, I'd consider something like this for hosting media to watch on TV.
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Re: Mini PC's

Post by gatekeeper » Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:09 pm

So we just picked up one of these last week for our office.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H3YT8CC/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LDLVAO/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HT2RNSO/

Total cost, including shipping and tax came out to just less than $600. Given that I already had a copy of Win7 Pro here, not terribly bad.

Windows Experience Indexes -
Processor - 6.9
Memory - 7.4
Graphics - 6.7
Gaming Graphics - 6.7
Hard Disk - 7.9

The i5 onboard shows 1.90Ghz in the Windows properties screen. The system is probably a bit overpowered for what it does (hosts the document processing/routing software for our copier). Given the WEI scores, it could probably handle BF4 on low to medium settings.

The kit comes with a mounting plate (ours is mounted to the telco wall in my server room), and generally speaking, the construction is pretty solid. Total weight is probably about 4 pounds.

If you're interested in one, you can easily get the i3 version for an HTPC (given the stats on this one). Everything is snappy and responsive - there's not the noticeable lag on the Atom-powered systems. If you don't have a mini (not micro) HDMI cord, you'll need to get one (or a display port adapter).

Just to note, there's no onboard wifi (you'll have to buy the wifi card and install it with the hard drive and memory). The thing boots to Windows inside of 20 seconds (power to Windows, not Bios to Windows).
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