The Minix Neo Z64 is a small, fanless desktop computer with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of solid state storage.
What makes this little guy interesting though, is that it’s available for purchase with a choice of Google Android or Windows software.
Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for both versions, and they’re also available from several AliExpress sellers for the same prices.
The Minix Neo Z64A with Android 4.4 sells for about $145, while the Z64W with Windows 8.1 with Bing costs about $175.
Minix has been making Android TV boxes for a few years, but the Neo Z64 is one of the company’s first to feature an Intel processor and support for Windows.
It has an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 80.211n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 10/100 Ethernet. The computer has 2 USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI 1.4 port.
It comes with an infrared remote control and an HDMI cable, and the little computer measures 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.9″ and weighs just under 10 ounces.
The price tag seems to be a little higher than expected. Minix had suggested it could sell for $129 and up when the company unveiled the Neo Z64 late last year. But at least the fact that the Windows version costs $30 more than the Android version is a good sign that it comes with a fully licensed version of Microsoft Windows, unlike some cheap tiny PCs.
Want to know what the little guy looks like in action… or when you tear open the case? Geekbuying has supplied us with a few videos.
Can anyone comment on how easy it is to reinstall Windows on these? I don’t trust factory installs.
Why get this instead of the pipo x7 that has a slightly faster processor 4 USB ports and is <$100? I guess the included remote is nice, and maybe the Pipo only has one of those trial versions of windows 8.1?
I do think the pipo x7 seems a better buy. But I am finding it for just less than $130, where can I get it for less than $100?
It was 97 on geekbuying but now it’s 119. +10 for non-snail shipping.
Still waiting for the HP Stream Mini (or an Asus equivalent). Not sure why I even want one, since you get so much more from a notebook. Feels like HP/MS/Intel are procrastinating before starting the new low margin age of the cheap mini PC. Have noticed that refurbished traditional desktops are getting very cheap. Chromebox prices seem to be holding steady. Imagine they may want to clear out as much of the old before they initiate the age of the cheap mini PC. I’ll keep waiting.
I see Chromebox and Lenovo Ideacentre as being cheap mini PC first generation. We got a nice preview, but gen2 and gen3 will replace the non-gaming desktop. Baytrail and Cherrytrail are netbook class mini pc… may they rust in hell.
The lack of gigabit ethernet and USB3 ports in this product makes me sad.
This, got a minix neo x7 in the cupboard atm using its 10/100 USB NIC (the built in ethernet is a USB adapter internally), 50mbit coming into the house, 50mbit going out to a NAS… not actually getting near 100mbit/s because of the USB-ness.
I agree, for the price its not worth it. Microcenter has tablets that have the same specs but have usb 3.0, a screen, and office for that price.
Wow. On sale for $120 right now. Same CPU/RAM/FLASH as the Neo Z64, plus legal copy of Windows 8.1, USB3.0 port, 8 inch IPS HD touch screen, two HD webcams, microphone, stereo speakers, battery, power supply.
Z3735D =/= Z3735F
When I see these boxes what I really want is upgrade potential. Otherwise I can probably get a tablet for similar money. Give me bussed RAM and an M.2 ssd.
Isn’t that what the NUC are for?
seems like a nice NUC alternative for htpc
spdif out is mandatory!
I dont understand the need for spidif out anymore.
I assume you have some older hardware (tv) that does not have its own SPIDIF out, that you can run to your amp.
I was in the same boat till recently, when I finally upgraded my old DLP for an LED. Now I just connect via HDMI to my TV, then SPDIF out of the TV to my Amp, that I have yet to upgrade.
If you want it to play music also, you might not want to look at your screen. I want to turn tv off.
I’m in the same situation my amp doesn’t have hdmi and don’t want to upgrade it. I didn’t know the spdif out of the tv was useful, I’ll try it, thanks.
The Neo X5 in the office lobby still works wonderfully, so I have little quality concerns for Minix. the $175 is a bit steep thou, I’d expect some extra feature for that, like dual video with VGA + HDMI or an Office 365 licence or 64GB eMMC instead of 32…
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