[Update: Egreat I6 unboxing]
The new “I” series looks very impressive, Egreat chose to use some very attractive cases (unlike some of the other manufacturers that announced BayTrail Mini PC’s).
They are also offering a very good variety of cases and even took some steps to ensure that the customers will be able to play as many video formats as possible by partnering with Vidon.me .
Vidon XBMC software will work on Windows 8.1 and will allow hardware decoding and full BluRay menus.
The “I” series can use either Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 and will be reasonably priced around $100.
If you choose Windows, though, you will have to activate it yourself, which will cost you a little more, but you will end-up with a full Windows box and you would be able to run most programs and even some games just like you would on your desktop computer, all this with less than 15 Watts power consumption.
Pair this with the fact that these Mini PCs are fanless, and you’ve got a very attractive bedroom PC.
Here’s a side by side comparison between the Egreat “I” series products that are soon to be available.
|Egreat I2||Egreat I4||Egreat I6|
|Chipset||Intel Z3735F ATOM x86||Intel Z3735F ATOM x86||Intel Z3735F ATOM x86|
|GPU||Intel HD graphics||Intel HD graphics||Intel HD graphics|
|Wi-Fi||Dual band, AP6330, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz 300M||Dual band, AP6330, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz 300M||Dual band, AP6330, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz 300M|
|Wi-Fi antenna||Internal, 3dB||External, 3dB||External, 3dB|
|HDMI||1.4a, [email protected]||1.4a, [email protected]||1.4a, [email protected]|
|USB 2.0 ports||2||4||3|
|SD card||yes, up to 128GB||yes, up to 128GB||yes, up to 128GB|
|Headphones jack with Mic-in||yes||yes||yes|
|Size (mm)||98 x 98 x 24||n/k||104 x 102 x 32|
And here are some pictures with the Egreat Wintel models.
|The Egreat I2 Mini PC use a quite good-looking plastic case|
|It has only two USB 2.0 ports and you can expand it’s internal storage with up to 128GB by using an SD card.|
But Egreat does not stop here.
They featured at CES 2015 another Wintel Mini PC called Egreat I5 – which got some attention both because of the name and the hardware itself.
And they will launch 5 (five) other Wintel boxes by the end of 2015: Egreat i7/i8/i9/i10/i11 – these will use a larger case and they will have internal 3.5” or 2.5” tray so you can mount an HDD internally (SATA).