Earlier this year a company called Azulle launched a tiny desktop computer called the Byte3. It’s a Windows computer with an Intel Celeron N3450 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage stuffed into a small box that sells for under $200.

Now Azulle is expanding its mini PC lineup with three new models designed to go head-to-head with Intel’s NUC line of desktops.

The Azulle Inspire is a 4.9″ x 4.9″ x 1.9″ computer that’s available with Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 Kaby Lake processor options. Prices for a barebones model start at $270, making the Azulle Inspire a little cheaper than Intel’s latest NUC systems.

Each model features Intel HD 620 graphics and supports up to 32GB of RAM. The computers have M.2 slots for solid state storage, as well as room for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD and an SD card slot for up to 256GB of removable storage.

The systems support 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4,0, and Gigabit Ethernet, have three USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port, and feature HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm audio ports. There’s also a serial port and IR port for the included remote control.

You’ll need to supply your own memory, storage, and OS, but the CPU is included. Here are the prices for the models with 7th-gen Intel Core chips:

  • Core i3-7100U for $270
  • Core i5-7200U for $335
  • Core i7-7500U for $450

Azulle also plans to offer a version with a Celeron J4205 Apollo Lake processor, but that models doesn’t appear to be up for order yet. That cheaper, lower-power version supports up to 8GB Of RAM and features Intel HD 505 graphics.

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12 replies on “Azulle Inspire Kaby Lake mini PC is like a cheaper Intel NUC”

  1. Great to see competition in this space for full Windows PCs. Now that we’re a step above Atom, we should see some real desktop replacements. Would have liked MS Windows to cooperate with this space though with like their Bing Windows 10 Home or whatever. I mean Android is free…

  2. Looks like a great Linux box. It’s expandable to more than 4gb of RAM that’s NOT soldered to the motherboard. I also like the 2.5 inch SSD option instead of the lame non-expandable 32gb of eMMC storage soldered to the motherboard on most mini PCs. The 32gb of non-expandable storage is a dealbreaker!

      1. I agree, this system is a little powerhouse, made a nice little stand in system running windows off a USB hard drive for a month when my main system went down. Even light gaming was possible with the inclusion of a fan. Impressive really. Wish it had Android apps on Chrome though.

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