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

firefox drm

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

Brix GB-BXA8-5545

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

Rock Canyon roadmap

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?

Dell tablet roadmap

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

intel gpu

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 […]

Intel’s new NUC mini PC is bigger, but more expandable

Intel NUC bigger

As expected, Intel is making its tiny PCs a bit bigger. The company’s NUC computers are tiny desktop PCs with Intel processors. But up until now they’ve been so small that there wasn’t even room for a hard drive. Instead you had to use an mSATA solid state drive for storage. This year Intel will introduce […]

Intel updating NUC mini-desktops with a 2.5 inch drive bay

Intel NUC with 2.5 inch drive bay

So you like the idea of Intel’s NUC mini-desktop computers, but you don’t love the idea of using an mSATA solid state drive as your only means of storage. No problem. Intel is getting ready to launch new models that have 2.5 inch drive bays, which means you can use pretty much any hard drive […]

$139 Intel NUC with Bay Trail chip on the way

Intel Forest Canyon NUC

Intel may be getting ready to launch its cheapest, lowest-power desktop computer to date. The company is best known for making processors, but for the last few years Intel has also been selling tiny desktops as part of its NUC (Next Unit of Computing) brand. The company recently introduced new models based on its Haswell […]

Gigabyte updates BRIX mini-PC lineup with Haswell chips

gigabyte brix

Gigabyte is updating its line of tiny Windows computers by adding 4th generation Intel Core processors. The Gigabyte BRIX is a mini-computer that looks a lot like Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing), but which often have a few options you won’t find in an NUC — such as an optional AMD processor. Gigabyte’s new […]

Intel NUC mini-computers with Haswell chips coming in Q3, 2013

haswell nuce_140

Intel’s NUC platform takes a recent Intel processor and crams it into a tiny PC that’s about 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″. NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing, and it sort of takes a laptop-class processor and turns it into a reasonably powerful, compact desktop computer. Up until now most NUC systems have featured […]

Next-gen Intel NUC mini-computers could have faster CPUs

Intel NUC Horse Canyon

Intel’s Next Unit of Computing, or NUC is a tiny desktop computer with an Intel Core i3 processor. It’s not much larger than small stack of paperback books, but packs enough power to function as a desktop PC, media center, or kiosk. But if a Core i3 chip isn’t good enough, you might have some […]