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MiniPC News February 2015

There won’t be any major news in the next couple of weeks, at least not from China-based manufacturers.
Chinese New Year is next week (Happy New Year to our Chinese readers – according to Analytics we have quite a few).

So, the news:
– Minix Z64 launched just a few days ago and there’s a tutorial on how to dual boot Windows and Ubuntu already (here).
– Egreat A9 is now for sale on GeekBuying, and so are Egreat I6 and the Ainol Mini PC.
– Qualcomm launched a tiny Mini PC (or, how they called it “4K Streaming Adapter”).

Meet the Beelink Pocket P2 Wintel Mini PC

Just a few days ago we were among the first to publish the news about the new Beelink Intel lineup.
These new items were very well received, and although they won’t be released until after the Chinese New Year, people tend to like this new approach.
We will try to get more details about them as they become available.

So we start with Beelink Pocket P2, a Mini PC that manages to include a full-blown Windows 8.1 machine in a tiny HDMI dongle.
Beelink Pocket P2 specs:
CPU : Intel BayTrail CR Z3735F
GPU: lntel® HD Graphics
RAM : 2GB DDR3
– Storage: 32GB eMMC
– Wi-fi: 802.11b/g/n
– Bluetooth: yes, 4.0
– Dimensions: 152 x 83 x 11.4mm
– a standard USB 3.0 2.0 port
– SD Card slot
– OTG Port

The Pocket P2 from Beelink also has an infrared port, which means you will be able to use an IR remote (but whether a remote will be included is unknown at this time).
Package will contain a 5V 2A adapter.

Beelink Pocket P2 images

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Beelink-pocket-P2-3 Beelink-pocket-P2-4

Beelink Wintel Mini PC lineup

[Update] – we now have a detailed post about the Beelink Pocket P2
[Update Feb.11] – Beelink confirmed that none of them will have USB 3.0, only USB 2.0

News surfaced today about Beelink and their impressive Intel-based Mini PC line.
Beelink are not new to the MiniPC market, they released quite a few models last year and now they are entering the Wintel Mini PC market as well with a full product line:

 

  beelink wintel Mini PC
 The first announced Beelink Wintel Mini PC is based on the Z3735F chipset, with 2GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC, has Blueetoth 4.0 and dual band wi-fi, and an USB 3.0 port.
beelink-wintel-mini-pc
They also have a different version with the same Z3735F chipset, but only 16GB eMMC, but with gigabit LAN
beelink-wintel-stick
And a tiny PC-on-a-stick device, with 2GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC, they even mention an USB 3.0 port!

Via Freaktab

Meet the first Ainol Mini PC

Ainol is a well-known tablets manufacturer from China, also know as “Ainovo” on the western markets, they released quite a few models of all sizes over the years.
But now they are dipping their toes into the Mini PC market with the launch of an Windows 8.1 mini PC… that could also serve as an external battery for your devices.

ainol-mini-pc-colors

This  15 cm high and 11.5 cm wide and 1.4 cm thick Mini PC weights only 335 grams, so you could take it with you anywhere.
It uses the very popular Intel Baytrail chipset with 2GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC storage (expandable with another 128GB with an SD card).
It has 3 USB ports (one of them actually being 3.0, which is uncommon).
You can connect it to your TV or monitor via the micro HDMI port.

ainol-mini-pc-battery Battery:
The Ainol Mini PC has a built-in 7000 mAh battery, which you could use to power your other devices
 ainol-mini-pc-USB-3.0 Ports:
Ainol Mini PC has an USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0
 ainol-mini-pc-remote Remote:
The  Mini PC will arrive with a tiny qwerty airmouse/remote.
I had a chance to test this model and it was quite impressive.
ainol-mini-pc-colors Flavors:
Several colors are available.
Ainol is known for better-than average quality, so we expect this to be interesting

Via: Minimachines

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

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).

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.

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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.

Pipo X7 – Wintel Mini PC

Pipo is a Chinese manufacturer mostly known for their affordable tablets (they have had quite a few of them over the years) .
Last month they did launch their very own Wintel mini pc – the Pipo X7.

The Pipo Windows 8.1 Mini PC uses the Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU (up to 1.83 GHz) or the Intel Baytrail Z3736F CPU (up to 2.16 Ghz) and it comes with 32GB storage and 2GB of RAM.

It has an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports which would allow you to use a mouse and keyboard while still having 2 ports for USB stick or HDD.

It has a metal case and it comes in two flavors: silver and black.
You can order it from PIPOMall.

One thing that we should mention is their connection with Freaktab – they even released the source code for the community and they already sent Pipo X7 samples to individual developers, so this might get a better-than-average support.

 

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