New members in Mr. Nuc’s family

Back in December we had an article about Mr.NUC, one good-looking tiny mini PC that really got some attention (more details on the follow-up here).

But the Chinese manufacturer Realan does not stop here.
They recently introduced two more members to the Mr.NUC Family:

 Mr.NUC BTJ1900G 
Named after it’s Intel Celeron J1900 CPU, this small-factor mini PC impresses with it’s looks, power and should be also reasonably priced.
It is based on the Gigabyte MZBAYAP mainboard, which is only 100mm x 100mm, the whole barebone mini PC being at it’s 113 x 115 x 57 mm just a little bigger than the original Mr.NUC V6.
You will need to provide your own RAM and SSD, but the unit does come with a VESA mount.
You will get USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, HDMI and audio port (headphones/SPDIF).

 BTJ1900G- mr.nuc CPU: Intel Celeron J1900 CPU, quad core 2.0Ghz (2.4 Ghz max)
Mainboard :Gigabyte MZBAYAP
CPU: Intel Celeron J1900 (4 cores)
GPU: Intel’s 7th generation integrated HD graphics
RAM: DDR3L 1333/1600MHz (not provided)
HDD/SSD : 2.5” (not provided)
BTJ1900G mr.nuc colors
BTJ1900G- mr.nuc-v6

 

 

 

Mr.NUC-A85545G
Pretty much the same case as the Mr.NUC BTJ1900G , but this time it is based on the Gigabyte M1M3XAP mainboard, which is using the AMD A8-5545M quad core CPU paired with the AMD Radeon HD 8510G GPU.
Using the Mr.NUC name on an AMD device might not be the best idea, probably this item would need to be renamed 🙂

 

 Mr.NUC-A85545G CPU:
Mainboard: Gigabyte M1M3XAP
CPU: AMD A8-5545M (4 cores)
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 8510G
RAM: DDR3L 1333/1600MHz (not provided)
HDD/SSD : 2.5” (not provided)
Mr.NUC AMD

January 2015 MiniPC news

After CES 2015 things tend to slow down a bit, and although it has been quiet lately, here are some Mini PC News.

Minix is launching this week their Z64 Mini PC.
Minix Z64 is based on an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor has 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage.
It comes in two flavors: a cheaper one using Android 4.4 and a more expensive one with Windows 8.1.
Minix Z64 Windows 8.1 seems to be preactivated, unlike some similar Chinese boxes that have only a 30-day trial license.

Zappiti’s first and second batches are already sold out!
You might have to wait for March to get the Realtek RTD1195-based Mini PC that promises to be all you will need for living room entertainment .
Meanwhile the Zappiti team is working on their firmware, already some big progress has been made.

Himedia finally launched their own customized version of Kodi/XBMC.
This version will work on both the dual-core and the quad-core versions of their Hisilicon-based Mini PC’s (Himedia Q5-II, Himedia Q5 Quad) and it will allow you to use the excellent Himedia Player as an external player for XBMC.

Mygica promises to be the first manufacturer to release Android 5.0 update for their Mini PCs .
They featured at CES 2015 their ATV 1900 model with Android 5.0, and in 1-2 months they will have an update for the ATV 1800e and ATV 582 models. Congrats to them!

Closer look at the Egreat Windows 8.1 lineup

[Update: Egreat I6 unboxing]

Last month we talked about Egreat and their 2015 roadmap, which includes products with various chipsets, from the Allwinner A80 used by Egreat U10 to Mstar MSO9180 used by Egreat A9.

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
Case plastic metal aluminum
Chipset Intel Z3735F ATOM x86 Intel Z3735F ATOM x86 Intel Z3735F ATOM x86
GPU Intel HD graphics Intel HD graphics Intel HD graphics
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB
Storage 32GB 32GB 32GB
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
LAN/Ethernet 10/100 10/100 10/100
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 4.0
HDMI 1.4a, 1080P@60Hz 1.4a, 1080P@60Hz 1.4a, 1080P@60Hz
USB 2.0 ports 2 4 3
Micro-USB ports 1
SD card yes, up to 128GB yes, up to 128GB  yes, up to 128GB
VGA output no no yes
Headphones jack with Mic-in yes yes yes
Power button 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.

Egreat I2
 Egreat-I2-front  The Egreat I2 Mini PC use a quite good-looking plastic case
Egreat-I2-side-view 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.
Egreat I4
Egreat-I4-front The Egreat I4 Mini PC has a metal case, features an external wi-fi antenna
Egreat-I4-side-view On it’s side it has two USB 2.0 ports
Egreat-I4-back Two more USB 2.0 ports on the back, useful when you want to connect a keyboard, a mouse and some other devices altogether (HDD, USB stick, maybe airmouse USB dongle).
Egreat I6
Egreat-I6-front The Egreat I6 Mini PC uses one of Egreat’s most popular cases, full aluminum, good heat dissipation and a stylish power button
Egreat-I6-side-view On it’s side it has three USB 2.0 ports
Egreat-I6-VGA-port The VGA port on the back could easily help you revive an old monitor and transform it into a full-featured Windows 8.1 PC.

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).

Possible faked AnTuTu benchmark results

There’s a fierce competition among chip makers/manufacturers for the greatest hardware.
It’s getting harder and harder to impress potential buyers so some manufacturers are adopting all sorts of marketing gimmicks.

AnTuTu is being used to benchmark pretty much an Android tablet or mini PC out there, and there have been rumors about manufacturers faking those results to get better results.

Today 4pda.ru users discovered something very interesting: on Tronsmart’s Allwinner A80 devices if you edit build.prop and change the ro.sys.hiritsu value you get different results in AnTuTu.
– without ro.sys.hiritsu the result is 36185
– with ro.sys.hiritsu =90 the result goes to 128068 (yes, 128K!)
– with ro.sys.hiritsu =95 the result is 143430

“hiritsu” in Japanese means literally “percentage”, “proportion” or “ratio”.
At this time is unclear if the results are being intentionally faked or if there’s some bug in AnTuTu’s benchmark itself, although the users that discovered this believe to be intentional.

What do you think?

 

Via Freaktab

AC Ryan Veolo 4K unboxing

[Update – AC Ryan Veolo 4K is now available on Amazon – read here about it – also, AC Ryan USA is now offering a free Veo Navigator and 10% off+free shipping for our US&Canada readers]

A few weeks ago we mentioned that the third generation of ACRyan’s Veolo line is soon to be made available.

Now it’s time to test it!

AC Ryan Veolo 4K box

First impressions:
– the unit is much smaller than I thought, the promotional pictures led me to believe that the size will be roughly the same as the first generation of Veolo, which I briefly tested years ago. Well, it is not!
AC Ryan Veolo 4K will fit in your palm.

– the unit does not have a regular HDMI 2.0 port, but a mini-HDMI port. This might be a problem for some , as the HDMI cable provided with the unit is rather short, if you need to place it somewhere further away from your TV or monitor (as I did) you might need to have a male-to-female HDMI extension cable around.

– there are no external wi-fi antennas, we’ll check the wi-fi signal strength in a later review

– the review unit arrived with two remotes, and apparently the VEO Navigator remote is to be sold separately .
Both remotes work with regular AAA batteries, which AC Ryan included in the package.

Veolo 4K Box The Veolo 4K arrives in a stylish black box
AC Ryan Veolo 4K unboxing Once you open it, you are greeted by the small Veolo Mini PC
AC Ryan Veolo 4K accessories All accessories are individually wrapped in their own black boxes
AC Ryan Veolo 4K box contents What’s in the box:
– Power adapter
– HDMI cable (miniHDMI to regular HDMI)
– quick start guide
– 2 AAA batteries
– IR remote
– AV cable
AC Ryan Veo navigator remote AC Ryan Veo navigator remote next to the standard IR remote. Note that the Veolo 4K Mini PC does have a power button.

Conclusions:
-AC Ryan Veolo 4K is a small, nice-looking device.It comes to everything you need to set it up, although a male-to-female HDMI extension cable might have been more useful than the included AV cable.
-it comes with a standard IR remote, and you can purchase additionally an airmouse (AC Ryan VEO Navigator).
Probably AC Ryan should have included the VEO Navigator in the package (as other manufacturers do).
Just like on any other Android TV boxes on market, the IR remote can become frustrating to use after a while, and you will feel much more comfortable wih a keyboard+mouse combo (even a qwerty remote with airmouse).

Meet HP Stream Mini – a new Wintel Mini PC

2015 is bringing a new  wave of Mini PC’s and it seems like “the big dogs” want a piece of the action, and this great news for Mini PC fans everywhere.
HP-stream-mini

HP Stream Mini specs:
– CPU: Intel Celeron 2957U @1.4GHz
– RAM : 2GB
– Storage: 32GB
– HDMI + DisplayPort
– 4 USB 3.0 ports
– SD card
– Gigabit Ethernet +wi-fi
– Bluetooth 4.0
– 3.5” jack for headphones
– mouse and keyboard are included
HP Stream mini will be available in the US in just a few days at $180, so in Europe it should cost around 200€.
Ah, and you’ll also get a $25 giftcard for Windows store and 200GB OneDrive subscription for 2 years.
This makes this unit quit attractive for those that fancied one of the many Baytrail wintel’s we featured in the last couple of days.

HP Stream mini also has a big brother, the Pavilion Mini.
This one comes with the same case (but a different color), but it will have 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD …for just $140 more.

HP-pavilion-mini

Via: Minimachines

 

 

Meet the Wintel Box FV-W8, small Baytrail Z3735 Mini PC

There have been quite a few posts here on MiniPCDB about the plethora of Wintel devices based on Baytrail Z3735>
Only yesterday we featured a mini PC with a VGA port,  the Mele PCG32.
Today we will feature a small square of a mini PC (3.8”/9.8 cm) that has even “Wintel” written all over.

wintel-fv-w8 wintel-fv-w8-side

This is the Wintel FV-W8 mini PC from Artway Technologies and it includes :
– 2GB DDR3L RAM
– 32 GB storage (optional up to 128GB)
– Gigabit ethernet
– Wi-fi: RTL8723BS / AP6330,IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
– Bluetooth 4.0
– HDMI 1.4b
– 2 USB 2.0 ports
– 1 microUSB OTG port
– SD card
– 1 earphone jack+ Mic-in combo
The MiniPC does come with an IR remote, but you can only use it if you with in Android.

 

Mele PCG32 – a Wintel Mini PC with VGA port

There’s no shortage of Intel Baytrail Z3735F Mini PC’s lately, we covered here the Pipo X7, and we will cover soon the Egreat I2, Egreat I3 and I6 models that we announced with the Egreat 2015 lineup.
Most of them are quite similar in terms of specifications: 2GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC storage, 3 USB 2.0 ports.

Mele PCG32 , yet another Wintel Mini PC that will be announced at CES 2015 is a little different: it has a VGA port, which means you can pair it with your old VGA monitor to have a low-cost mini PC.
mele-pcg32

Having a VGA ports is not surprising for a Mele product, they’ve gone this road before and they have a loyal fanbase for this.
The case is  all-metal, the unit does have a power button and and should be reasonable-priced.

List of Mstar MSO9180 devices announced as of January 2015

[Update: Egreat A9 unboxing]

A couple of days ago we revealed the imminent launch at CES 2015 of the Egreat A9 unit, powered by Mstar MSO9180D1R.
This particular chipset is not new, several units were launched in China last year, but never quite took off overseas.
But this is about to change, as several devices were announced, and some are quite interesting:

Egreat A9

Egreat A9

Powerful Mini PC. Egreat announced a partnership with Vidon, making the device even more interesting.

Zidoo X9

Zidoo X9

Good looking case, (so far) regular firmware updates, custom UI interface.
Very promising device.

Xtreamer Prodigy 4K

Xtreamer Prodigy 4K

Another good looking case. Internal HDD slot.

Kaiboer F5

Kaiboer F5

One of the first Mini PC’s to use this chipset. Little to no availability outside China.

UYESEE T1H

UYESEE T1H

Less attractive case, unknown availability.

So, which one you should choose?
Here’s a side by side comparison between the most popular Mstar MSO9180D1R Mini PC’s:

Egreat A9 Zidoo X9 Xtreamer Prodigy 4K Kaiboer F5
Case metal metal metal metal
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB 2GB
Memory 16GB 8GB 8GB 8GB
Ethernet Gigabit Gigabit Gigabit Gigabit
Wi-fi Dual Band Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n Dual Band
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 -? yes
USB 2.0 3 2 2 2
USB 3.0 1 1 1 1
HDD Tray yes, 3.5” no yes, 3.5” no
HDD fan yes no
HDMI-In yes, with PVR yes yes, with PVR yes
Other – VFD
– Touchpanel
– custom UI /EG-UI
– Vidon.me partner
– VFD
– custom Zidoo UI
– Xtreamer gui v.7

Meet Mele SP-100 – Mini PC with built-in projector

Chinese manufacturer Mele will announce several new devices at CES2015, including their very own Realtek RTD1195 MiniPC and several Wintel devices (Mele PCG47, Mele PCG32).

But what really caught my eye is their Mini PC / Smart Projector called SP-100.
Most Mini PC’s claim to turn any TV into a smart one. Mele SP100 claims to do that with your bedroom wall.

mele-smart-projector

Mele SP-100 specs:
– CPU: Realtek RK3188, 4-core, 1.5Ghz
– Memory: 1GB DDR3
– Storage: 4GB, extendable with an SD card (up to 32GB)
– Network : 802.1b/g/n (no Ethernet!)
– HDMI – IN (1.4, up to 1080P)
– 2x USB 2.0 and 1 mini-USB
– Lamp: 150 Lumen, RGB LED, over 20000 hours, DLP WVGA 0,3″ Image processor, 12 to 120 inches, 1000:1 contrast
– built-in 1800mAh rechargeable Lithium-polymer battery
– Android 4.2
– comes in one of the two flavors, black and white

This Android-powered portable projector comes with a small remote control, but it can also be controlled by means of Android app from your tablet or smartphone.
It can connect to your iPhone with an “iPhone to mini-HDMI cable” which could be included upon request, or with one of your ancient devices using the VGA to Mini HDMI cable, also not included.