The HP Pavilion Mini 300 is a tiny desktop computer that’s small enough to hold in one hand, but powerful enough to run Windows. That description applies to a growing number of PCs these days, but the Pavilion Mini stands out from some thanks to a good range of ports, support for up to 16GB of RAM, and room for a large hard drive, among other things.
HP launched the Pavilion Mini earlier this year with prices starting at $320 for a model with an Intel Pentium Haswell processor or $450 for a version with an Intel Core i3 Haswell chip.
Don’t want to spend that kind of money on a computer with a 4th-gen Intel Core family processor when newer 5th-gen “Broadwell” chips are on the market? It looks like HP may have you covered soon.
HP isn’t selling Broadwell versions of the HP Pavilion Mini 300 in the United States yet. But the company has posted details about the new models on its websites for several other regions.
The HP Middle East website, for instance lists two models: THe HP Pavilion Mini 300-130ne with an Intel Core i3-5005U processor and 4GB of RAM and the HP Pavilion Mini 300-150ne with an Intel Core i5-5200U chip and 8GB of RAM.
Both models are expected to ship with Windows 8.1 64-bit software (which suggests they could hit the streets ahead of the July 29th launch date for Windows 10).
Other features include Intel HD 5500 graphics, 1TB hard drives, HDMI and DisplayPort, an SD card reader, a headset jack, and four USB 3.0 ports. They feature Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n WIFi.
via PC Watch
This sort of thing is becoming much more appealing to me than the stick computers. If I just wanted something to browse the web a stick computer would be fine, but this would serve more traditional purposes.
Especially given the expandability of these things (RAM … putting in a larger SSD).
I grabbed the Celeron version and added a 2gb sodimm and am quite pleased with the little box’s performance for basic computing, web browsing and video streaming. I’ve had a number of (Android) stick computers over the past few years and am relatively satisfied with them but this is a definite step up in performance and functionality….
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