There’s a new player in the mini-desktop computer space. CyberPowerPC’s new Fang Mini PC is a full-fledged desktop in a 4.5″ x 4.3″ x 2.4″ box.

It joins the Intel NUC and Gigabyte BRIX in this space, but while those devices are usually sold as barebones systems, the Fang Mini PC comes with storage, memory, and Windows 8.1 software… it also costs a lot more.

Prices start at $799.

Fang Mini PC

That price gets you a Fang Mini R9 model with an AMD A8 quad-core processor, Radeon R9 graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and Windows 8.1. You can save a few bucks by choosing a smaller hard drive.

For $889 and up you can also opt for a Fang Mini Pro system with an Intel Core i7 Haswell CPU, Iris Pro 5200 graphics, and the same 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and Windows 8.1 software.

Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and 4 USB ports.

While the systems are more expensive than many other devices in this category, they’re also more powerful than most, and CyberPowerPC offers a range of accessories configuration options. There’s an mSATA port that can handle an SSD, and the computers support up to 16GB of RAM.

via PC World

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12 replies on “CyberPowerPC Fang Mini is a palm-sized desktop PC”

  1. Brad, “It joins the Intel NUC and Gigabyte BRIX in this space” makes it sound like what CyberPower is offering is their own creation. But that picture of the Mini R9 is a dead ringer for the Gigabyte Brix Gaming (aka the GB-BXA8G-8890), just with a different glass top and gray paint on the metal part. And the specs you give for the Mini Pro matches that of the Gigabyte Brix Pro (the 4770R model).

    1. It’s even worse than that. These mini-pc’s are all just minor variants of Intel’s NUC. Even the AMD ones all use the same size and case design, same board layout (those two USBs on the front; I bet if you stacked up all the mini-pc’s that have been on here the last couple months, the USB ports on them would all be perfectly aligned). I miss innovation.

      1. All of the mini PCs you’ve seen here in the last couple months have been from Gigabyte, so of course they’d have a similar layout. But the AMD (59.6 X 128 x 115.4 mm) and Intel (62 x 111.4 x 114.4 mm) ones are different sizes.

        The Brix line is also different from the NUCs in that some of them use desktop CPUs.

  2. Pretty expensive but understandable. I hope the influx of these mini-PCs will get board and case manufacturers into releasing consumer targetted nano-ITX and pico-ITX boards and cases for the DIY crowd. Most of the pico/nan-ITX board I’ve seen are targetted for industrial and embedded use and thus cost too much for most consumers.

    1. Consumers don’t buy boards and cases. You seem to be thinking of the “enthusiast” market and that’s a pretty small market segment for anyone to spend resources on. About all you will find are a few products released as barebones models and the price is not as low as you might hope because they sell in tiny volume. These are things like ASUS EeeBox products.

      1. I’m not sure regular non-enthusiast consumers would be going to CyperPower for a PC in the first place. And it’s particularly silly in this instance because these are just Gigabyte Brix PCs with the missing (RAM, storage, and OS) components added in. The hardware stuff takes literally 10 minutes to install (and odds are you can get comparable or better RAM and SSD for cheaper), so the only reason to buy this is if you’re afraid of installing Windows.

      2. If you want to have a discussion on what “consumer” means then okay, I guess. I was just pointing out anything not targeting the industrial and embedded market when I said “consumer”. I wasn’t specifically saying that soccer moms are building their own PCs.

        As I said, “I hope the influx of these mini-PCs will get board and case manufacturers into” it. I’m not saying this stuff exists. I’m hoping they will exist if these pre-built mini-PCs get popular. Also, these same companies (ie. ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock, Silverstone, Lian Li, etc.) should look into if the micro-PC gains traction while they’re seeing lower sales of “large” mini-ITX and up size boards and cases. They also specifically cater to “consumers” instead of the industrial market so it makes sense that they would keep an eye on this.

        1. But my entire point was that the market segment you are speaking of is far too small to be on any OEM’s radar as worth expending effort on. Those companies you mention primarily target the vanishing mom and pop whitebox stores. Enthusiasts are an even smaller secondary market for them.

          1. These OEMs we’re talking about currently mostly/only target this segment. Those companies have to expand somewhere. Or are you saying all these motherboard and case manufacturers should just stop making motherboards and cases altogether. Or maybe just rollover and go out business?

      3. Also, if it’s not clear, I’m not specifically just talking about the CyberPower PC. I could have posted the same comment on the GIGABYTE article. I just chose this one.

      4. It’s pretty clear what he meant by the “consumer” market vs the comercial/business market. Plus you missed the “DIY” part of his comment. If you’re not familiar with current pico/nano-ITX boards then they’re currently mostly targeted towards the commercial market and can often be expensive from the consumer point of view due to commercial requirements for the boards. Kind of like “regular” sized server boards costing $500, $1000, etc while “consumer” boards cost $50-$200.

        If these mini-PCs get popular then it makes sense for existing board and case OEMs targeting the consumer market will try to get a piece of it. Especially if it’s mostly a transition of consumer interest from traditionally sized desktops to smaller ones (ie. their current sales figures are falling).

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