Mobile devices are getting more and more powerful with each passing year, but true diehard PC enthusiasts have yet to see mobile devices as potential PC substitutes. The gaming experience with PCs has yet to be rivaled in the mobile world.
If one Kickstarter group has its way, hardcore PC gamers are about to conceive of the mobile PC without conflict by providing the capabilities of a desktop PC in a device that’s so small you can throw it in a bag when on the go.
Mini PC Fits in Your Hand
A group called Atom Computer is currently promoting a mini PC that is no taller than an iPhone 6 and smaller than a can of cola on Kickstarter. The mini PC, known formally as “Neutron” and powered by Intel’s Haswell i3 and i5 processors, is more than meets the eye. The mini PC comes with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, along with four USB 3.0 ports (two on the front and two on the back), 8GB or 16GB of DDR3 RAM, a mini Displayport and mini HDMI port, 256GB or 480GB of solid state drive (SSD) storage, Windows 8.1, mini HDMI to HDMI cable, and can run on three monitors simultaneously in 1080p or higher resolution.
The Neutron mini PC comes in seven colors (clear, smoked black, purple, blue, green, orange, and red) and in two models: the Neutron and the Neutron Pro. The Neutron mini PC comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, Intel HD 4400 graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 256GB SSD, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Windows 8.1, 4 USB 3.0 ports, LAN, mini HDMI, Mini Displayport, Intel HD audio, and an IR receiver. The Neutron Pro mini PC comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD 5000 graphics, 16GB of DDR3 RAM, 480GB of mSATA SSD, in addition to Windows 8.1, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac, as well as the ports and cable of the lower-specced Neutron mini PC model.
Neutron creator Atom Computer has already surpassed its financial goal of $30,000, having raised a total of $38,789 already with 19 days left to go. The company responded with an update a few days ago, thanking its backers for their financial support and promising that the Neutron would come in an eighth color (yellow) as a sign of gratitude.
As for when you can expect your Neutron mini PC for yourself or for a friend or relative? Atom Computer says it’s working hard to get the Intel-powered mini PC out to those who support its campaign “just in time for the holiday season” (Christmas).