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Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7-4500: Pint-sized power at a plus-sized cost

Brad Chacos | May 14, 2014
Send in the clones! Intel's itty-bitty Core i5-powered Next Unit of Computing caught our eye late last year by providing desktop-class power in a barely-there package that's so small, you could easily slip the entire computer into your jacket pocket. The combination proved so succulent that the NUC landed in PCWorld's top 50 products of 2013, despite being a fairly pricey system devoid of memory, storage, and even an operating system.

And if you don't need a Windows machine, there are the far-cheaper Chrome competitors popping up, like the $179 Asus Chromebox we reviewed in March.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Gigabyte Brix, but between its high cost and the need both to provide and install your own memory, storage and operating system, the Brix is more of an intriguing curiosity than anything else. A wonderful, powerful curiosity, sure — but a curiosity nonetheless.

 

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