The Intel Apollo Lake powered mini PC we are looking at today is made by Compulab. The whole thing is only 2.5 to 3.4 inches high and features 16 GB of RAM and everything inside is passively cooled which means no fans and no noise. There are multiple Intel Apollo Lake CPUs to choose from, the Atom x7-E3950 and Celeron J3455 come with four cores and the Atom x5-E3930 feature two cores.
At the front, you have two USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks, status LEDs and a microSD slot. At the back, you get two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, two LAN ports, a serial port and an external power supply socket. The TDP is 5-15W which is very minimal as is the PC itself.
This is a modular design so mode modules can be added if needed these modules are called FACET cards (Function and Connectivity Extension T-Cards) and these can be added to increase functionality as required. With the help of these cards, you can have functions like M.2 2280 or micro-SIM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In essence what you are paying for is the CPU and the RAM as well as the modular design. The rest you will need to get according to your needs in the shape of modules. This will cost you extra and we will see the availability of these modules in the future.
This is not a gaming PC but can be used for entertainment purposes, for some movies and light Photoshop, processes that are not too heavy on the CPU. The footprint is very small and that could be something that attracts you. If you want something low key and do not need too much power than this is something worth looking into.
Let us know what you think about this Intel Apollo Lake powered mini PC and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these.