Intel gives a sneak peek at new, smaller NUC mini-desktops

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Intel’s NUC line of computers are tiny desktop computers that measure just about 4 inches by 4 inches. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be smaller: Intel’s next-generation models with 5th-gen Core “Broadwell” processors will likely come in several different sizes, including a model which is about half the height of its siblings. We got an early […]

This is how Intel’s Broadwell-powered NUC mini PCs will look

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Intel plans to update its NUC line of mini-desktops in 2015, and the company is encouraging other PC makers to develop their own small form-factor PCs. Now Intel is starting to show what its next-gen NUC systems will look like. PC World spotted a few NUC prototypes at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco […]

Intel prepares for even smaller (and cheaper) mini PCs

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Intel’s been offering a line of tiny desktop computers as part of its NUC (Next Unit of Computing) initiative for a few years. And Intel’s not the only company shrinking the desktop PC. Gigabyte, ECS, Dell, Lenovo, Zotac, and others offer compact desktop computers with Intel or AMD processors and support for Windows, Linux, and […]

12 Intel-powered mini PCs for $300 or less


There was a time when small laptop computers cost a small fortune. Then netbooks came along and showed that miniaturization didn’t need to be expensive: Computers  makers could use cheap parts and sell the resulting mini-laptops at cheap prices. Over the last few years something similar’s been happening on the desktop PC space. Folks looking for […]

Lilbits (5-14-2014): Mozilla adds DRM to Firefox, isn’t happy about it

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Want to use your web browser to stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and BBC iPlayer? You’ll need to put up with the DRM (Digital Rights Management) features used by those services — content owners want to make sure you don’t save or redistribute videos, watch them in countries where they don’t have redistribution rights, […]

Gigabyte Brix mini-PCs with AMD now available for $260 and up

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The Gigabyte Brix line of computers are mini-desktops that aren’t much bigger than a small stack of DVDs. They’re a lot like Intel’s NUC mini computers, but since Gigabyte doesn’t make its own chips, the company uses processors from Intel or rival AMD. Two of the first AMD-powered Brix systems are now available in the […]

Intel Broadwell NUC mini PCs due in late 2014

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Intel’s NUC computers are tiny desktop PCs designed to showcase the company’s latest chips. So it should come as no surprise that after Intel’s 5th-gen Core family processors launch later this year, the chip maker plans to update its NUC family with new models featuring “Broadwell” chips. But it’s always nice to know for sure… […]

Lilbits (2-19-2014): Are these Dell’s next-gen tablets?

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Dell’s tablet lineup currently consists of 8 inch and 10.8 inch Windows 8 tablets and cheaper 7 and 8 inch Android models. If TabTec’s leaked Dell product roadmap is to be believed, the company plans to launch new versions of each of those tablets in the second half of 2014. Unfortunately that’s about all the […]

Lilbits (2-11-2014): Intel builds a GPU that’s 40 percent more efficient

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Smartphones, tablets, and notebooks keep getting more powerful… but that doesn’t mean they have to become more power hungry. There’s a race on to make chips that don’t just offer higher performance, but which are also more efficient than previous models. Intel’s been making pretty big strides in reducing power consumption with its Bay Trail […]

Lilbits (2-03-2014): Samsung Galaxy Note Pro priced at $850

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is an Android tablet with a 12.2 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, and Samsung’s S Pen system for writing, drawing, or interacting with apps using a pressure-sensitive pen. It’s one of the most powerful Android tablets Samsung has […]

Lilbits (2-01-2014): Getting more out of a Chromecast


The Google Chromecast is a simple (and cheap) device you can plug into the HDMI port on your TV to stream internet videos from Netflix, Hulu, and other sites while using your phone, tablet or PC as a remote control. But it can also do so much more. Google hasn’t officially released the software developer […]