I had the opportunity the last week to get my hands on the new Gigabyte Brix for a customers presentation/show room. At first glance I was a bit dubious whether I made the right decision on the purchase, but as they say size isn’t everything. I went for a modest spec that would contain enough guts to carry out most tasks and live up to the customer needs, however, I wasn’t prepared to pay the extra £140 for a Windows 8.1 operating system…would you? So I opted for the DIY approach and installed trusty Windows 7 – 64bit, saving the customer a wedge of cash in the process.
How did it do?
Once installed and ready to go the device was rather fluid in terms of processing and pace. Testing a majority of Office apps and image renderings with Photoshop was pretty much on par with a standard business pc and if I am honest I was rather pleased with my decision to purchase this device based on my research. However, I did pickup on the slight bottle necks that occurred when really pushing the device, which I put down to the lack of power or the voltage protection limiters they configure in small form factors. Pretty much the same as giving you a BMW M3 with only 3 gears!!
Was it the right choice?
Absolutely, it ticked all the boxes for me and lived up to expectations in terms of what the customer expected it to do and some.
Any plus points?
Yes, having 4 USB ports plus the display port was handy, plus the icing on the cake was the fact that it looks cool, plus the way I placed it made it really accessible staff yet unobtrusive all at the same time.
i5 Intel Quad core / 8Gb Ram / 240SSD.
£298 (optional OS £120 to £140)
Overall a great piece of kit with some limitations 7/10