Gigabyte’s Brix line of devices are small computers that don’t look much larger than a small stack of CD cases. Now the company is developing a new model that’s a little different. Instead of a standalone PC, the Gigabyte Brix Max is designed to be used as a network-attached storage device and media server for you home.
It has an Intel Haswell processor, runs a custom Andr0id-based user interface, and supports up to 4TB of storage, letting you store all your media in one place and access it on you PC, phone, tablet, or other devices in your home.
Gigabyte hasn’t announced the price, release date, or even the final name for the device. It may not even come to market, but the company does appear to have put some time and effort into developing software for the media server as well the hardware for a working prototype. So don’t be surprised if the Brix Max goes on sale later this year, although it may have a different name.
The device features an Intel Haswell processor, four 2.5 inch drive bays with support for up to 1TB of storage each, four USB 3.0 ports, WiFi, HDMI and Ethernet. It also supports for connecting to your other devices via Samba, FTP, DLNA, or as an iTunes media server.
The Brix Max runs Google Android, but there’s a custom app designed to let you manage your media, settings, and connections using a remote control, so you can set up the server near your TV and use it as a media device… or you can stick it in another room and use it to stream content to a media center PC among other devices.