More Intel Atom x5-Z8350 hardware is being discounted with Unisound T7 II mini PC selling for $88.90 including shipping, which follows last month’s Atom x5-Z8350 single board computers sold for $50 to $64.
As we’ll see below, the mini PC’s specifications are similar to the ones for the SBC’s, but the advantage here is that you’ll get an enclosure, a power supply, and an HDMI cable, plus the usual mostly useless user manual and warranty card.
- SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 “Cherry Trail” quad-core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.92 GHz (Burst frequency) with Intel HD 400 graphics @ 200 / 500 MHz
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
- Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash, full-size SD card socket
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port up to 4Kp30, 1080p60
- Audio – 3.5mm audio (mic+headphone) jack, and digital audio via HDMI
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 4 @ 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – Power button, “RTC” button (it must be the pinhole for CMOS reset just right to the audio jack)
- Power Supply – 12V/1.5A via power barrel
- Dimensions – 121 x 121 x 27 mm
It is said to ship with an activated version of Windows 10. Now it would probably amount to torture for somebody to use this device as an actual mini PC, but it might be quite useful for specific tasks like a Linux-based automation gateway, a simple digital signage player, or even maybe as a Linux-based Kodi player with images like LibrELEC or CoreELEC. That’s provided you don’t need recent features like HDR and mostly play to play Full HD videos. Intel Atom x5-Z8350 supports H.265 hardware video decoding, so most 4K videos up to 30 fps should play smoothly in Kodi, but VP9 is not supported, and playing YouTube videos in a web browser should be limited to 720p due to the amount of skipped and dropped frames with higher resolutions.
For some benchmark numbers and more general impressions, you can check out our review of Tronsmart Ara x5 mini PC with similar specifications. T7 II mini PC looks like a good deal for under $90 as long as you know what to expect.
Thank to Theguyuk for the tip.
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.