Small computers are all the hype at Computex 2015. We have seen plenty of them, but ASRock is trying to target the geeks with the BeeBox NUC (Next Unit of Computing). What makes this device special is that it’s small, good-looking, powerful enough, customizable and, best of all, cheap.
The ASRock BeeBox will feature Intel’s new-generation Braswell processors. What makes them “geeky” is that ASRock is giving you the option to get the device in multiple configurations. You can even get the “bare bones” version for as low as $140 USD, which will pretty much come without RAM or a hard drive.
You will be able to install your own RAM (up to 8 GB), hard drive (2.5 mSATA or M2 SATA) and your favorite OS. You can also opt for full systems with, or without, an operating system. You really have the freedom to go anyway you want here.
The device itself is quite small, so it should make for a great HTPC (home theater PC) or casual computer. It measures in at 11×11.85×4.6 cm and comes with a bevy of ports that will leave you desiring nothing. It has a USB 3.0 port, a USB-C port, a 3.5 mm headset jack and an IR receiver. On the back there’s 2 HDMI ports, a DisplayPort connection, another 2 USB 3.0 ports, a LAN port and a Kensington lock entrance.
The box is great and comes with everything you need to put a pretty capable system together. What do you say? Interested? It should actually be a great alternative for everyone. There’s options for those that just want something to work out-of-the box, those who want to put their own system together and those who want to install their own OS. And with that low price, you really can’t go wrong.