The rise in ultra-compact desktop computers and LED-powered pico projectors was always likely to end up into a beautiful union and Gigabyte’s new BRIX concept computer looks to be the first example.
According to liliputing and minimachines.net, the Gigabyte BRIX combines a choice of AMD Kabini-class or Intel Haswell-grade CPU with a pico projector to double as a display in its own right. The design – which is still in a prototype phone – includes HDMI plus multiple USB3.0 ports so you can drive external display devices if you wish. Storage is via SSD.
The main problem at the moment is the prototype apparently only offers 800×480-pixel resolution, which isn’t exactly stellar. However, the other problem likely to be encountered is one that plagues almost all pico projectors and that’s a lack of useable light output. With many pico projectors barely able to hit 500 ANSI Lumens, they’re not really a practical solution for much more than personal use. The only projector that changes that is an upcoming Acer K335 that powers up 1000 ANSI Lumens of light from its LED.
The BRIX idea is an interesting one but it will need to match Acer’s K335 and its 1000 ANSI Lumens output and be able to cope with the heat produced in what is also a PC environment to get some serious traction in the market.
But we like the concept. We’ll see when or if it gets to a retail stage.
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