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Gigabyte Launching Compact BRIX PC with Built-in Projector

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Gigabyte has crammed together its popular BRIX compact PC with a 75 lumen LED backlit mini projector.

On Wednesday Gigabyte Technology introduced the BRIX Projector, the latest addition to the company's line of ultra-compact PC kits. The device features a built-in 75 lumen LED backlit mini projector so that users can display the desktop and/or media on a wall rather than a monitor. The projector aspect also has its own HDMI input, 1.5 watt speakers, and a power switch in case users don't want to use the mini PC portion.

"Adding a powerful mini-projector to a device that is extremely portable and compact, opens up a wealth of possibilities and usage scenarios," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "The BRIX Projector is pushing the boundaries of innovation further than ever, creating a device that breaks the mold in almost all respects."

According to the specs, the Mini PC features an Intel Core i3-4010U "Haswell" processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400. The device also provides a headphones/SPDIF-Out jack, one Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI output, one mini-DisplayPort jack, and an installed Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 mini-PCIe module. The mini rig supports up to 16 GB of SO-DIMM DRR3L 1.35v RAM (which you provide), and up to 256 GB on an mSATA SSD (which you also provide).

In addition to the HDMI input and integrated speakers, the projector aspect provides an 854 x 480 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 900:1 contrast ratio. The mini projector also has an adjustable focus and a variable 7 inch to 85 inch projected image size.

"Students living away from home can use the BRIX Projector as their main PC for assignments and course work, using the projector to enjoy movies and other entertainment during down time. Families will also appreciate being able to conveniently use the BRIX in any room in the home," reads the press release. "Young children can enjoy cartoons in the bedroom, while older children can use it for everything from homework to PC gaming."

Currently, the links to the announcement and product page are broken, so stay tuned for actual pricing and availability. For more information about Gigabyte's BRIX devices, head here.

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    nukemaster , October 10, 2013 11:12 AM
    It is an interesting idea.
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    brazuka331 , October 10, 2013 11:49 AM
    Don't projectors get crazy hot?
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    SuckRaven , October 10, 2013 11:58 AM
    If it's called that now, just wait till you try to do a firmware update. =)
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    ko888 , October 10, 2013 12:03 PM
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    Don't projectors get crazy hot?


    It's an LED lamp projector, not a halogen lamp.
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    digiex , October 10, 2013 12:08 PM
    "Don't projectors get crazy hot? "

    75 lumen LED backlit mini projector.

    L E D
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    nebun , October 10, 2013 12:37 PM
    do we really need this???....not really
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    John Bauer , October 10, 2013 12:43 PM
    This is pretty cool. maybe in a few months/years they can upgrade it to a full HD display
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    FFH , October 10, 2013 2:36 PM
    This will be great for powerpoint presentations.
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    damianrobertjones , October 10, 2013 2:50 PM
    "854 x 480 resolution" I stopped reading at this point. If it could only manage 1280x720 then we'd be talking. Oh well
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    damianrobertjones , October 10, 2013 2:53 PM
    854 x 480 resolution - I stopped reading at this point. If it could only manage 1280 x 720 then we'd be talking. Oh well
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    daze9900 , October 11, 2013 4:29 AM
    They lost me at "intel integrated graphics".
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    rwinches , October 12, 2013 1:54 AM
    While this is cool, I think most students would have a notebook that is portable.
    A projector with 85 lumens output is not really usable with the lights on.
    The Brix type device is mainly a space saving thing, but now AIOs are popular so the appeal is limited.
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    allanitomwesh , October 12, 2013 6:06 AM
    Gaming Brix,were waiting Gigabyte.
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    Sangeet Khatri , October 12, 2013 6:50 AM
    Agree that it is not earth shattering by any means, the resolution is just fine.

    But it is definitely a step in the right direction.
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    John Bauer , October 12, 2013 10:26 AM
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    They lost me at "intel integrated graphics".


    How exactly could you put dedicated graphics in this, while keeping the cost down, and keeping it as small as it is?