This morning I’ve received MINIX NGC-1 Intel Braswell fanless mini PC, so I’ve taken a few pictures of the device and its accessories, before starting testing the performance and reliability of this low power computer.
Contrary to the black, gray and green packages I’ve come across for their Android TV box, MINIX has gone blue with their latest Intel mini PC’s package.
The product announcements mentioned both Windows 10 and Ubuntu support, and I’ve received the Windows 10 Edition, which hopefully means there will also be a Ubuntu edition.
Beside the mini PC, the package includes two external WiFi antenna, an HDMI cable, a 12V/3A power supply and corresponding power cord, as well as a multi-language setup guide, and MINIX product brochure.
The power supply should work anywhere in the world as it takes 100-240V/1A input @ 50 or 60 Hz.
NGC-1 is very similar to the one used for MINIX Android TV boxes, except the company replaced the usual black color, by silver, and obviously the ports are quite different.
The front panel features the power button with three USB 3.0 host ports, one side comes with two antenna connectors and a Kensington lock, while the rear panel includes a 3.5mm audio jack, mini DisplayPort and HDMI video output, optical S/PDIF, Gigabit Ethernet, and the power jack.
At this stage, I would normally teardown the device, and in theory you’d just need to remove the four sticky pads on the bottom of the device, loosen the four screws, and pop the cover out.
Sadly, none of my screwdrivers and screwdriver bits would allow me to actually do that, so I had to skip. So the next step will be actually run Windows 10 to test the device capabilities.
MINIX NGC-1 pre-sales will start on February 12, 2016 for $399.90 in North America, 399.90 Euros in Europe, and 299.90 GBP in the United Kingdom.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.