Archive for the ‘Mini Computers’ Category

HDMI capture network broadcast with Azulle Access 4, OBS and NDI

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

I picked up an HDMI capture card recently to hook my barely used Canon EOS M3 up to my PC as a fancy webcam. Since I’m not going outdoors these days it felt like a better use of the camera than gathering dust in a drawer. Unfortunately Canon’s baffling market segmentation make the expensive EOS […]

Azulle Access 4 Reviewed

Friday, October 9th, 2020

The Access 4 brings the exciting world of USB Type-C to Azulle’s tiny fanless PC lineup. Now it can rock dual displays or take advantage of USB Type-C hubs and docking solutions to expand its limited IO. On the test bench this morning… or at least until a small person robbed me. The @BenQEurope PD2705Q […]

Azulle Byte 3 Reviewed

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

The Azulle Byte3 is one of many mini PCs to cross my desk… or, rather, stay on my desk for over a year and find use in myriad different roles. Again it’s fallen into that trap of being so useful I forget I’m supposed to be reviewing it. Think I’m going to have a busy […]

Azulle Lynk Multi-Function Remote/Keyboard/Microphone Reviewed

Friday, March 8th, 2019

A mini media PC needs a mini media remote, and fortunately Azulle not only sell their own – absurdly multi-functional – remote, but were happy to send one my way. I have some experience with small keyboards and IR remotes from working with the Raspberry Pi. For something like the Pi they’re extremely useful to […]

Azulle Access3 HDMI Mini Stick PC Review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

If you didn’t notice by now, I love small-form-factor PCs. Perhaps it’s my Raspberry Pi focused career, but I’d like to think I’ve had a keen eye for compact computers for many years. Not least of all the early Mac Mini, in its day at least. I miss that thing! The Access3 is no exception. […]

Plugable USB Type-C Mini Docking Station Reviewed

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Many USB Type-C docking stations are fairly desk dominating but the mini USB-C docking station from Plugable- at around 9cm by 10cm and just over 3cm deep -is different. But its small size doesn’t mean it compromises on ports. With a typical array of HDMI, 3.5mm audio and Gigabit Ethernet, plus 4 USB 3.0 ports […]

Zotac AMP Box Mini Thunderbolt 3 PCI Enclosure

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

I spent around two months test Driving The Zotac AMP Box Mini. Read on to find out what devices I tested, how they fared and why you might want to consider this enclosure for a one-cable dock setup with your shiny new Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C laptop. Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C are the future, there’s […]

Zotac ZBOX MI553 Mini PC Reviewed

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

I’ve been “testing” the ZBOX MI553 for far longer than I should have been, and it’s about time I told you what’s great about it. If you hadn’t figured it out by now, I’ve got a soft spot for small PCs. I think I can trace this back to the first Mac Mini, or perhaps […]

Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK Review

Monday, June 26th, 2017

I’ve left this review in limbo for over a month, unsure about whether it truly does the Skull Canyon NUC the justice it deserves. The platform is excellent, but can be so many things it’s difficult to give it the depth and breadth of testing I’d like during a short loan period. That said, it […]

ZOTAC ZBOX PI221 Review

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

When it comes to small-form-factor computers, the Raspberry Pi is far from the only game in town. The concept of a “stick” computer, a whole desktop packed into a case smaller than your mobile phone, has been around for a while now. They tend to find their niche in retail displays, but these tiny machines […]