We’ve been asked a number of times to add mini-PCs and stick-PCs into the UMPCPortal database so while we’re working on improving the database we thought it would make sense to put a couple of mini PC products in and to ask you what details you want to see. Mini-PCs aren’t ultra-mobile but they’re very portable and if our database is working well for you, why not add something closely-related to UMPCs? We’ve seen a lot of traction on the Intel NUC articles and the technology is closely related so expanding into mini PCs seems sensible. Stick PCs like the Intel Compute Stick are also up for discussion.
We’ve already added a couple of NUC devices to a category we’re calling ‘headless’ mini PCs and you’ll find tailored information on the specifications pages including information about the internal slots and connectors. The new Broadwell-U based Intel NUC 5i5 is a good example.
We’ve already added a benchmarks section to the product pages so where we’ve tested a device (or use a trusted partner’s data) we’ll add in a set of CPU, browser and GPU scores that should allow you to ‘position’ a mini PC in terms of performance and we’ll make as many notes as we can about important things like SATA drive max-height, TPM, Intel Quick-Sync and more. We’ve got live pricing (where available at Amazon) for USA, Germany and the UK which, again, will help you to refine your choice.
What other information would you be looking for? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll take it into consideration. While you’re at it, take a look at the updated product chooser and let us know what you think. Your feedback is more than welcome, it’s requested!