Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Azulle Byte3 PC Review

Rating:

Specs - For the Version I Reviewed
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Processor: Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Quad-Core
Memory: 4 GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 32 GB - Expandable with SD Card Slot
Ethernet: 2.4 Ghz/5 Ghz Wifi, 1 Gigabit Ethernet Jack
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Video: Up to 4K @60fps

In The Box
The unit itself
Power cable
IR Remote Control
Quick Start Guide

Price:
$219.99 for 2GB/32 GB Version - Link 
$239.99 for 4GB/32 GB Version - This is the version I have.
$352.99 for 8GB/32 GB Version

Website: https://azulletech.com/product/byte-3/

Pros:
Small
Fast
Can expand the storage
No fan
Windows 10
Portable
4K at 60FPS
Remote Control Included
Includes VGA Output for Video

Cons:
32 gigs isn't much space for a PC, but can be expanded
They make smaller computers with similar specs


At first glance you may be asking yourself, "Self, what would I do with a PC this small?"  Let me tell  you, there's actually a lot you can do with this small PC. It would make a great HTPC. You could load up Plex and stream your favorite movies from another PC. You can stream popular services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.  You can even stream movies from Microsoft's Store.  The one thing you won't be able to do is stream any graphic intensive games.

The version I received to review came with 32 gigs of storage. Now to be honest with you, there' not a whole lot you can store on it with 32 gigs.  You'll still be able to browse the web and visit your  favorite social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. You'll want to utilize the built in SD card if you want to store pictures or videos.

One of the nice features of this small computer is that it'll connect to a monitor with HDMI or VGA.  Even many of the newer graphics cards won't connect with VGA anymore. This is great if you have a spare monitor lying around.   This little PC also support streaming 4k at 60fps, which is great.

Since you have 3 usb 3.0 ports, you can even turn this small little PC into a small media server to serve music or movies. This small PC is even fan-less, which means you won't here any of that horrible fan noise.  Like any PC you'll need to purchase a keyboard and a mouse, or you can just purchase a combo that has both. This is great if you're using it as a HTPC.

So you may be asking yourself, what can you do with the remote. The remote lets you power the computer on and off, change the volume, mute the computer, and switch tabs. There's no way to actually navigate the page, for that you'll need to use a wireless mouse.

The small PC boots up quickly and is running Windows 10, which is nice and means you'll have all the latest security updates.  I loaded up the Chrome browser, Hulu, Netflix, and Pluto TV.   All these services ran just fine.  I have the small PC hooked up to a screen at my kitchen desk, which was great because it was VGA.  The is going to be a great little second computer and I have enjoyed it so far, so if you're looking for a small, lightweight second PC, I'd definitely give this one a look.

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