ASRock released an upgraded version of their tiny NUC mini PC, the BeeBox. The BeeBox is now available with a quad-core processor, 32GB eMMC SSD and comes bundled with a free copy of Windows 10. The BeeBox is also available in a new silver coloured version now on top of the black, gold, and white versions.
The new quad-core CPU is an Intel N3150 SoC and the NUC comes with 2GB DDR3 1600MHz, upgradeable to 16G. You can add plenty of storage despite the small 0.6l volume of the NUC. You can add both an mSATA SSD and a 2.5-inch drive, allowing you to reach 3TB storage and beyond in the near future with newer and bigger drives.
Beebox is the world’s first mini PC with a Type-C USB port and it is the only one to support triple monitor, H.265 decoding and 4K video playback through two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort. The whole system has low power consumption and is extremely quiet while powered on. It is nearly silent when run in Eco mode where it could be used for light tasks such as torrent downloading. So bedrooms aren’t excluded from the possible locations to place it. Another added bonus is the included IR control so you can control it from the couch or bed.
Have you made the switch to ultra compact systems somewhere in your home or do you still prefer the large systems with endless possibilities everywhere? Let us know in the comments.
Computex 2015 – Yesterday we saw a line-up of small NUC’s from ASRock called Beebox. These look like a typical mini-PC with nothing special, however at a VIP press event today; we have been given exclusive information.
The Beebox uses the latest Intel Braswell SOC for the most power efficient and powerful NUC computing experience. The case is small with subtle designs so will fit into a wide range of existing living room environments. What really sets this apart from the rest of the mini PC market is that it supports 4k the right way. Many others offer 4k in a single channel mode, the Beebox offers it in a high stability dual channel mode. This little NUC will also be the world’s first to host a USB Type-C port.
The Beebox will be available later this month with pricing starting from $140 for the barebones kit to $220 for the full system without Beebox OS. If you opted for Windows 10, you could snag a complete system for under $200.
This is an ongoing press event, we will update you as soon as we have the information.
Computex 2015 – The market for compact home computers is a relatively new one, but already the competition is fierce. ASRock has taken what it already knows from the motherboard sector and applied the same concepts to its new line of Mini PC’s, known as Beebox.
They are based on Intel’s Braswell SOC and support many of the standard features you would expect from a laptop or even desktop. USB 3.0, 3x graphical output, m.2 SSD and room for 1x 2.5″ storage drive and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. These are some great additions to the line-up and now make the choice even harder for potential customers.
We look forward to reviewing a Beebox in the future to see how it stacks up against the competition. We will update you with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.