CBN802 quad-core mini PC delivers Wi-Fi, BT for $63

cbn802USB stick-style mini PCs with Rockchip’s RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU are pretty common at the moment, but this new CBN802 looks to be the cheapest we’ve seen so far.

Apart from that quad-core SoC CPU, it’s accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and only 4GB of flash, but it’s preloaded with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the latest we’ve seen with any mini PC so far. That storage can be expanded by its MicroSD card slot, good for up to 32GB per card. There are two USB ports on this one – a full-size USB2.0 Host and a smaller microUSB option, but it looks as though that’s for power only.

Networking isn’t too bad either with the standard 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth. It’s only v2.1 but that’s better than v0.0. The antenna here is internal only.

Video output comes via the HDMI plug.

It comes bundled with a 5VDC/2A power brick and USB cable but there’s no HDMI extension cable in this one. We think a short extension cable would be a good idea if you grab this one – we’re concerned about mini PCs that plug straight into a horizontal HDMI socket as the rigid design may put extra pressure on the HDMI socket.

We think this looks similar to the UG802 but the key feature is the price – at $63 including shipping on Aliexpress, it’s the cheapest quad-core mini PC we’ve seen so far.

If you’re after a solid computer replacement, we’d probably recommend something like an MK812A with more USB ports built in but as for quad-core processing, this CBN802 is about as low-cost as they come.

BrandOEM
ModelCBN802
ProcessorRockchip RK3188 quad-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.8GHz (TBC)
GPU typeARM Mali-400 MP4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
RAM1GB DDR3
Internal storage4GB
External storageMicroSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth2.1
No./type of USB ports1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB (power)
HDMI form factorYes
Dimensions102 x 40 x 9mm
Weight35grams
Announce DateJuly 2013

 

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