Faster CPUs, discrete graphics cards spur line

Product Guide: Mini PCs
Faster CPUs, discrete
graphics cards spur line
Typical features
•CPU: Intel and AMD processors are
mainstream. The first is popular across
all price points, while AMD variants are
limited to basic and midrange models.
The usual frequency range is 1.5 to
1.8GHz. With the shift upmarket, more
makers are exploring dual-core CPUs,
and some high-end units even adopt
quadcore kinds. To reduce power
consumption, companies are turning to
low-power platforms.
•RAM: Products incorporate
256MB to 2GB memory.
Low-end models have
256 or 512MB, and
intermediate versions
512MB or 1GB. Upscale
releases pack 1 or 2GB.
•Graphics card: Integrated and
discrete varieties are offered. Basic
mini PCs are usually based on
the former. Midrange units utilize
either type, while pricier versions
employ discrete solutions to
improve imaging quality. Makers
are likewise stepping up to HD
and 3D, with most advanced PCs
delivering 1080p.
•Add-ons: Wireless network
cards based on 802.11 b/g/n
are found in midrange and
high-end products. Basic
versions use Ethernet to
enable Internet access.
•HDD: The typical
capacity ranges
from 80 to 320GB.
•Ports: One or two USB 2.0 ports
are common. Several high-end
models may support USB 3.0. For
video transmission, DVI and VGA
interfaces are used. Pricier units
feature HDMI 1.2, 1.3 or 1.4.
•Housing: ABS and aluminum alloy are the main
options. The first is common among basic units,
while intermediate models may use either material.
High-end mini PCs adopt aluminum alloy.
Price range
Basic features
$80 to $150
AMD or Intel 1.5 to 1.6GHz CPU; 256 or 512MB RAM; 80 to 160GB HDD; integrated graphics card;
one USB 2.0, DVI, VGA ports; ABS housing
$160 to $250
AMD or Intel 1.6 to 1.8GHz CPU; 512MB or 1GB memory; 160 to 320GB HDD; integrated or discrete
graphics card; one or two USB 2.0, DVI, VGA, HDMI 1.2 or 1.3 ports; ABS or aluminum alloy housing
Above $260
Intel 1.8GHz CPU; 1 to 2GB memory; 320GB HDD; discrete graphics card; one or two USB 2.0,
optional USB 3.0, DVI, VGA, HDMI 1.3 or 1.4 ports; aluminum alloy housing
(per unit)
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Eglobal Technology Co. Ltd
Model: EG_N900
Description: Dual-Core D2700
2.13GHz CPU; Ion NM10+GT218
chipset; 2GB DDR3 SODIMM, 4GB
optional; 16GB SATA SSD or laptop
160GB minimum HDD; Nvidia GT218
video memory
Shenzhen Time In Top Technology
Co. Ltd
Model: EeeBox PC B206
Description: HD; HDMI connection
to HDTV and projector; media player,
remote control; 222x178x26.9mm; 1kg
Inctel Technology Co. Ltd
Model: IN-I160
Description: Intel N270 core solo
SODIMM; 8GB SATA SSD or laptop
160GB minimum HDD; Intel 945GSE
graphics core, default 128MB memory,
256MB maximum
Shenzhen Wonhe Technology Co. Ltd
Model: HMC660
Description: Intel 1.8GH Core 2
Nvidia 3D graphics card; Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet;
7.1-channel HD audio, optional HDTV
module; RoHS
QYT Industry Co. Ltd
Model: QY-DT-D
Description: Intel Atom dual-core
D525 1.8GHz CPU; Intel
NM10+GT218 chipset; 1GB DDR3
SODIMM, extendible to 4GB; 2.5in
320GB HDD; Nvidia GT218 graphics
card, 512MB video memory
Shenzhen Yacoo Technology Co. Ltd
Model: NIS-H860
Description: Intel Cedar Trail N2600/
N2800 CPU; Intel G82NM10 chipset;
4GB DDR3 SODIMM; Intel 3600/3650
graphics media accelerator; 1-channel
6/8-bit LVDS, 1366x768 pixels