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Zotac is giving its excellent fanless PC a Whiskey Lake update

The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano is a compact, fanless desktop computer powered by an Intel Core i7-8550U processor. That’s a laptop-class processor, but thanks to a larger-than-laptop chassis with a good passive cooling solution, I found that the computer actually outperformed most laptops with the same chip. Overall I was pretty impressed with the little […]

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Acer’s new Swift 7 is a 2 pound fanless laptop with Intel Amber Lake

The Acer Swift 7 was already a ridiculously thin and light laptop, and now Acer is kicking things up a notch with a new model that measures less than 0.4 inches thick, weighs less than 2 pounds, and features a fanless design. The new Acer Swift 7 (SF714-52T) should hit select markets including China and […]

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QNAP’s new fanless NAS is designed for entertainment centers

NAS devices these days are much more than a convenient place to store and share files on your network. They’re packed with advanced functionality. They can also be noisy, because cramming multiple hard drives into a small enclosure typically makes fans a necessity. That’s generally not the kind of device you’d want to put in […]

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Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano fanless mini PC review

The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano is a small desktop computer with the guts of a decent laptop… but it outperforms most laptops I’ve tested in benchmarks despite the fact that it’s a fanless system that relies on passive cooling to keep its processor from overheating. Zotac has been selling fanless mini computers since the company first […]

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Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano mini PC – First look & setup

The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano is compact desktop computer that measures 8″ x 5.1″ x 2.7″ and features a fanless design: there’s ventilation on every side of the computer and heat sinks to help keep the computer cool during operation. Zotac first unveiled the ZBOX CI660 nano at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and […]

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Mele PCG35 GLK fanless Gemini Lake mini PC now available for $200

After unveiling a small fanless desktop computer with a low-power Intel Gemini Lake processor at CES in January, Chinese device maker Mele is now selling the little PC. The Mele PCG35 GLK is available from AliExpress for $200 and up. The computer measures about 7.8″ x 4.9″ x 1.5″ and weighs less than 2.2 pounds. […]

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Tranquil PC launches fanless mini PCs with AMD Ryzen chips

A UK-based computer maker called Tranquil PC has released what appear to be the first fanless desktop computers featuring AMD Ryzen Embedded processors. But they aren’t exactly cheap. Prices range from about $870 to $1480, depending on the configuration. But if you’re looking for compact computers that measure about 7.1″ x 6.2″ x 2.2″ and […]

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Zotac’s new CI600 series fanless PCs feature improved cooling for higher-performance chips

Zotac added a fanless option to its line of compact desktop computers a few years ago. But this year the company is updating its C series line of computers with passive cooling with a new chassis featuring a larger heat sink and improved airflow, with open ventilation included on 90 percent of the computer’s surface […]

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ECS introduces Liva Z2 and Liva Z2V mini PCs with Gemini Lake chips

ECS started showing of a new line of fanless mini desktop computers featuring Intel Gemini Lake chips in January. Now the company is providing more details about the ECS Liva Z2 and Liva Z2V. Both devices are basically tiny desktops designed to be used for digital signage, low-power workstations, or other situations where a noise-less […]

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Mintbox Mini 2 launches for $299 and up (fanless mini PC with Linux Mint software)

The latest collaboration between the Linux Mint team and mini PC maker CompuLab is ready to go. The previously announced Mintbox Mini 2 goes up for pre-order starting today and it should begin shipping in mid-July. Compulab will offer two models: a $299 version with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive, and […]