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Akasa’s new cases bring fanless design to Ryzen 4000U and 5000U mini PCs

Over the past few years we’ve seen a growing number of PC makers tap AMD’s Ryzen U-series laptop-class processors for use in min-desktops like the Asus PN51 and Gigabyte BRIX S. One thing they tend to have in common? Active cooling. But case maker Akasa has just introduced two new fanless PC cases that you […]

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Lilbits: Teenage Engineering’s first PC chassis, Right to Repair, and Magic Eraser breaks free from the Pixel 6

Teenage Engineering is a company known for designing sleek-looking products including the company’s own audio products and synthesizers as well as designs for third-party hardware including the Playdate handheld game console, H smart speaker, and l-1 camera. Now the Swedish company has introduced its first PC chassis. The Computer-1 is a striking looking compact case […]

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Build your own fanless NUC 11 Pro with this passively cooled case

The Intel NUC 11 Pro, also known by the code-name “Tiger Canyon” is a compact desktop computer with support for up to a 28-watt Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor and 64GB of RAM stuffed into a chassis that measures just 4.6″ x 4.4″ x 2.1″ (or less). But the little computer also requires active cooling to […]

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Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]

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Turn an Asus PN50 into a fanless Ryzen PC with Akasa’s Turing A50 chassis

The Asus PN50 is a small desktop computer with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor stuffed into a case that measures just 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.9″. Introduced last year, it’s about the closest thing you’ll find to an Intel NUC with a recent Ryzen processor. But like most Intel NUC devices, the […]

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Akasa Turing QLX is a fanless chassis for Intel’s NUC 9 Pro Compute Element

Most of Intel’s NUC products are small desktop computers. But Intel recently shook things up with the introduction of Intel NUC Compute Element computer-on-a-module solutions that allow you to build your own modular PC for work or play. These Compute Elements pack a processor, memory, storage, and most other key features onto a module that […]

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Intel’s secret for cheaper ultrabooks: plastic cases

Most major PC makers have released ultrabooks over the past few months, and many more of the thin and light laptops are expected in the coming year. But while they’re thinner and lighter than typical notebooks and much more powerful than an average netbook, there’s at least one thing that still makes ultrabooks a tough […]