Intel Compute Stick mini-computer (with Windows) review


The Intel Compute Stick is a desktop computer that’s so small it doesn’t have to sit on your desk at all. Just plug the HDMI connector into a TV or monitor, connect a power source, and you can basically turn any display into a fully functional PC. Intel unveiled the Compute Stick in January and […]

New dual-boot TV boxes run Android + Ubuntu or Windows


Like the idea of a TV box that runs Android and has access to thousands of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and XBMC, but don’t want to buy one unless it can also handle desktop apps like Office or LibreOffice? No problem: there are a handful of dual-boot devices on the market that let you […]

Zotac’s latest ZBOX nano mini PCs pack Intel Broadwell chips


Zotac is adding a few new models to its ZBOX nano line of tiny desktop computers. The new models feature Intel’s 5th-generation Core “Broadwell” chips, and like earlier members of the ZBOX nano family they’re full-fledged desktops that are small enough to hold in one hand. The Zotac ZBOX MI522 nano features an Intel Core i3-5010U […]

Intel: Mini PCs getting smaller, cheaper

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Over the last few years we’ve seen small computers get smaller and smaller. The Intel Compute Stick that’s expected to ship within the next month or so looks more like a chunky USB flash drive than a full-fledged computer. But plug it into the HDMI port of nearly any TV or monitor and you’ve got a […]

ZaReason Zini 1550 is a Linux mini desktop PC with Intel Broadwell

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Linux PC retailer ZaReason has released one of its first computers with an Intel Broadwell processor. The ZaReason Zini 1550 is a tiny desktop computer which sells for $549 and up. It’s based on Intel’s NUC mini PC platform, but unlike some NUC systems, the Zini 1550 comes with memory, storage, and an operating system […]

Intel Compute Stick mini PC now available for pre-order


The Intel Compute Stick is a tiny computer with an HDMI connector on one end. Plug the device into the HDMI port on your TV or monitor, and you’ve basically got an all-in-one desktop that can run Windows or Linux. Intel introduced the Compute Stick at CES in January, and it’s expected to hit the […]

Mouse Computer launches Windows PC Stick with built-in fan

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Over the past few months we’ve seen a wave of tiny computers featuring Intel Atom processors, Windows 8.1 software, and designs that look like chunky USB flash drives. Worried that devices like the Intel Compute Stick or MeegoPad T01 will overheat in those tiny, fanless cases? Japan’s Mouse Computer has a solution. The company has developed […]

Pipo X7S is a dual-boot, Windows and Android TV box


A few months ago Chinese gadget maker Pipo launched a small computer/TV box with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and Windows 8.1 with Bing software. It’s called the Pipo X7 and it sells for about $114 and up at AliExpress. Now the company has a new model called the Pipo X7S. It has the […]

Mele PCG03 Windows mini PC giveaway


The Mele PCG03 is a small desktop computer with an Intel Atom processor, a nice array of ports, and Windows 8.1 software. It sells for about $150 and up, but the folks at Mele sent me a demo unit. Now that I’m finished reviewing the little PC, it’s time for a giveaway! The Mele PCG03 […]

MSI Cubi mini-desktops available for pre-order for $150 and up


MSI recently introduced a new line of tiny, barebones desktop computers under the MSI Cubi brand. Now they’re available for pre-order for about $150 and up. That makes these little desktops pretty competitive with similar small form-factor PCs such as entry-level Gigabyte BRIX, Intel NUC, or Zotac mini PCs. MSI is selling the Cubi systems as barebones computers. […]

CSQ CSW9 is a tiny $200 PC with Celeron J1900 Bay Trail


Chinese TV box maker CSQ has launched a new device that’s as much a mini desktop computer as it is a TV box. The CSQ CSW9 is a 6″x 6″ x 1.5″ computer with an Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processor and support for Windows or Android software. It’s available from AliExpress for about $200 and […]

MSI Cubi is a tiny desktop with a Broadwell chip

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MSI has introduced a miniature desktop computer that’s scheduled to hit the streets in late March, 2015. It’s called the MSI Cubi and it’s a computer with an Intel Broadwell processor stuffed into a 0.45 liter case. Update: MSI Cubi systems are now available for pre-order $150 and up. The MSI Cubi features two memory slots (with […]

ECS introduces LIVA mini PCs with Braswell, Broadwell chips

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As promised, ECS is showing off new versions of its LIVA mini-desktop computer at CeBIT in Germany this week. Right now the company offers several little computers featuring low-power Intel Bay Trail processors. Later this year ECS will start selling more powerful models. There are two new models on display at CeBIT: The ECS Liva […]