Introduction, Design Features
Azulle is a purveyor of pint-sized PCs, many particularly a Access PlusByte Plus. This time around, we’re holding a demeanour during a newest model: a Byte3. This palm-sized PC has inscription innards, yet is still absolute adequate to run Windows 10 Pro. It’s got adequate RAM and storage for light multimedia tasks, kiosk duty, or use as Grandma’s email and Pinterest machine. At only $199.99, it’s utterly affordable for a Windows desktop.
Mini PCs like a Byte3 have been around for what seems like an perpetuity during this point, and customarily are infused with possibly inscription tools on a low end, or laptop tools on a high end, as with Intel’s “Skull Canyon” NUC. Despite a low price, a Byte3 indeed has a decent hardware payload: it rocks a quad-core “Apollo Lake” Celeron CPU, that is able of 4K video playback, according to Intel. (We’ll get into that in a Performance section.) This is an ascent from a prior “Cherry Trail” Atom processors Azulle was using, as energy use has doubled from 2 watts for a prior chips to 4 watts for this one. It’s still a really low-powered CPU, yet that’s a large burst from a prior generation.
Riding shotgun with a Celeron is a decent 4GB of RAM, yet 8GB is also an option. However, a ascent adds a towering $138 to a plaque price, so we suggest we hang with 4GB. There’s also 32GB of eMMC storage onboard, a slower form of peep memory ordinarily used in Chromebooks. Though it’s really faster than a spinning tough drive, it lags behind a NAND peep used in complicated solid-state drives. You can enhance a storage yourself, though, that we’ll explain in a bit.
Mini PCs like a Azulle customarily come in 3 flavors: with all a tools we need including an handling system; no OS and only some of a parts; or zero some-more than a motherboard and enclosure. The Byte3 is in a initial category, so we don’t need to squeeze any additional hardware aside from a mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
The Byte3 has some-more breadth than many cube-shaped PCs, measuring 5.6 inches opposite and 4 inches deep. It’s a meagre 1.5 inches tall, that is typical. There’s an receiver out behind for Wi-Fi reception. From what we can tell, a section is not VESA compatible, so we can’t mountain it on a behind of an LCD.
Perhaps a many startling aspect of a Byte3 is a smorgasbord of enlargement ports on a side and behind of a system. The right side sports an SD container for easy storage expansion, and there’s also a USB 3.0 pier and a USB 2.0 port.
On a back, you’re met with a startling series of ports and connectors, including one HDMI 2.0 port, that allows 4K playback during 60fps. There’s also a VGA pier for bequest monitors, dual some-more USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, Gigabit Ethernet, an audio jack, and a Kensington lock. Whew! This is some-more ports than we see on some laptops, let alone mini desktops. The Byte3 also comes with a tiny remote to spin it on or off and perform several Windows functions such as opening a Start menu, tabbing between open windows, and adjusting a volume. For Internet connectivity, it has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, as good as a aforementioned Ethernet jack.
On a program side of things, a Byte3 comes with Windows 10 Pro preinstalled, yet we can also buy it though an OS if we want. The cost change for OS contra non-OS is a shockingly low $20.
Inside a Chassis
We burst open a Byte3 by simply stealing 4 screws and were greeted by a barren expanse. It turns out all a commissioned components are on a underbelly of a motherboard, so there’s not most to see on tip of it aside from a sole M.2 SATA pier and a SATA wire for adding a 2.5-inch drive. It’s flattering honeyed to have dual storage ascent options, and with a cost of SSDs these days, we could simply have yourself a good small box with copiousness of quick storage. We attempted stealing a motherboard, yet we didn’t wish to mangle a attachments. We were mostly extraordinary to see if a RAM on a underbelly was soldered to a motherboard or removable, yet tablet-level RAM is customarily not upgradeable. However, 4GB of memory should sufficient for this PC’s dictated functions.
As distant as a Byte3’s foe is concerned, it’s waste during a top—and crowded during a bottom. At $199.99, a Azulle is one of a slightest costly Windows 10 PCs on a market. The ECS Liva ZArches Canyon NUC from Intel has a rival cost of $249. Overall, a aggressively labelled Byte3 is a slightest costly mini we’ve seen with these forms of specs. But how aggressively does it perform?