Manufacturers, despite the fall in demand for electronic devices from buyers, continue to supply a variety of PC models. Miniature systems were no exception in February 2023. Among them there are devices of unusual design, productive and not very systems. In general, there is an option for every taste and color. Today we will look at 5 new models that are worth paying attention to.
Here we have a combo of performance and unusual design. The developers have made the device not like any other. And so that the user does not miss the power button, they made it simply huge, placing it in the upper part of the case.
By the way, the model is not one, but two, the difference in characteristics is shown below.
The device is designed in such a way that the user can quickly replace some module, such as RAM. One of the side panels is attached not with screws, but with magnets, so to replace the RAM or disk, it is enough to remove the panel and carry out the necessary operations.
Both models support three monitors, both have an active cooling system, although not particularly noisy. By the way, you can set three performance options:
- Low performance and quiet operation.
- Balanced option.
- High performance mode
Kubuntu Focus NX
We wrote about this device in one of the fences. Released last year, the model came with 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors. Now there is a model Kubuntu Focus NX Gen 2 with Intel Core i7 12th generation.
As for the software, the device is “sharpened” for the use of GNU/Linux. The default OS is Kubuntu. It’s Ubuntu with the KDE Plasma shell and a variety of applications for work and the like. It is worth noting that the company did not build its device from scratch. She just finalized the Intel Panther Canyon NUC.
Here are the specs:
- 2 x SODIMM slots supporting up to 64GB DDR4-3200
- 1 x M.2 2280 slot for PCIe 4.0 SSD
- HDD or SSD.
Ports and connectors:
- 2 x Thunderbolt 4
- 2 x HDMI 2.1
- 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio (mic & headphone)
- 1 x 2.5 GbE RJ-45 LAN
The device is not cheap, the initial price for the “basic” version, if such a term is applicable to a powerful device, is $955. If you don’t want to spend a mountain of money, you can choose the previous model, the Focus NX, which starts at $695.
And this is a Chinese mini-PC with quite a desktop AMD Ryzen 7 5700X. Accordingly, the device can be called productive. Moreover, a device was designed to work with a discrete video card, for example, RX 6600M.
To cool the system, you can install four coolers at once, although the system will be noisy, of course.
It is also known that the device supports DDR4-3200, there is a PCIe 3.0 slot, as well as a place to install a hard drive and / or SSD.
So far, neither the cost of the device, nor the date of its release is unknown.
MINISFORUM UM773 Lite
There is much more information about the “little brother” of the previous device, including the cost. The device itself is a mini-PC with high performance, given the dimensions of the device. Case size – 128 x 128 x 48 mm. Inside is an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS Rembrandt-R processor. The device supports up to 64 GB of RAM. There is also a 40 Gbps USB4 port, 2.5 GbE Ethernet, and two HDMI ports.
The device will appear in a week – in March 2023. Pricing starts at $409 for the no RAM and disk model and $559 for the 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and Windows 11 Pro model.
List of ports and connectors:
- 1 x USB4 (40Gbps)
- 1 x USB Type-C
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 2 x HDMI
- 1 x 2.5GbE Ethernet
- 1 x 3.5mm combo audio
- 1 x DC power input
The device supports three 4K/60Hz displays simultaneously. Alternatively, you can connect one 8K/60Hz display to the USB4.
ASRock NUCS BOX-1300
This is one of the first PCs with the 13th generation Intel Core P-series chip. It is based on the Raptor Lake architecture. The company presented several models at once. Device case size is 110 x 117.5 x 38 mm (SSD only model) or 110 x 117.5 x 47.9 mm (HDD model).
Several configurations are available for each model. However, all versions support up to 64GB of RAM, PCIe Gen 4, multi-display, and 2.5 GbE Ethernet.
Now the cost of the device has become known. So, for a version without a disk and RAM, with an Intel Core i5-1340P, you will have to pay $550. Well, for the same thing, only with the i7-1360P – already $690.
List of ports and connectors:
- 1 x USB4
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (w/DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode)
- 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 2 x HDMI 2.0b
- 1 x 2.5GbE Ethernet
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
- 1 x DC
And this is a bonus. The device is non-standard, it cannot be called an ordinary mini-PC. Rather, it is a communicator on Linux. It resembles such a Blackberry device, but only if you don’t look closely. In all other respects, this is a unique device that is unlike anything else.
The Auspicious Machine is currently only available in China, priced at around $250. And this is only a pre-order, and the device will not appear on sale until June 2023.
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The size of the handheld is 137 x 84 x 12.6 mm, weight – only 200 grams. The gadget has an aluminum body, and the front panel is made of carbon fiber. There is not only a keyboard, but also a D-Pad, as well as A, X, B, Y buttons. This is a sure sign of a gaming device and indeed, the device is positioned as a gaming gadget. What Auspicious Machine doesn’t have are analog sticks, so you’ll have to adjust to play without them.
The system is based on several possible modules, the user, as far as one can tell, needs to choose before buying. There are four modules available:
• Banana Pi BPI-CM4 (Amlogic A311D + 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 16GB eMMC )
• Bigtreetech CB1 (Allwiner H616 + 1GB DDR4 RAM)
• Radxa CM3 (Rockchip RK3566 + up to 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and up to 64GB eMMC)
• Raspberry Pi CM4 (Broadcom BCM2711 + up to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM plus 32GB eMMC)
There is also a slot for memory cards, so that the capabilities of the device can be expanded if necessary. According to the manufacturers, the device is great for emulating various old games, as well as for work. Thanks to the keyboard, the user can type messages, as well as send e-mail.