GIGABYTE Brix Ultra Small Form Factor PC & Projector Review

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GIGABYTE BXPi3-4010 PC & Projector

When Intel first released the NUC (Next Unit of Computing) it was intriguing to me to see where PC computing was going, it was getting smaller and smaller. Personally I wasn’t convinced about the next wave of computing, I’ve always been one who’s looking for more power, more speed and just more. Just recently I was given GIGABYTE’s take on the NUC, or at least one of their takes. The GIGABYTE Brix Mini-PC from GIGABYTE has several different versions each with different specifications:

The defining difference between each of these units is the processor, well with the exception of the GB-BXPi3-4010. The GB-BXPi3-4010 has a feature quite unlike the others, a built-in WVGA projector that is capable of a 864 x 480 screen resolution! Each of these units is a barebones system, so keep that in mind. You will have to add a mSATA drive and memory to the GIGABYTE Brix of your choice.

GIGABYTE BRIX Ultra SFF PC & Projector Exterior Impressions

The GIGABYTE Brix BXPi3-4010 projector is rated for a screen size ranging from 7″ to 85″, not bad for an ultra compact PC and Projector in one! The chassis isn’t only attractive, it’s also functional. The aluminum construction of the Brix adds durability as well as heat dissipation.

GIGABYTE BXPi3-4010 PC & Projector Specifications
Dimension 
  • 48.9 mm x 107.6 mm x 114.4 mm (1.93″ x 4.24″ x 4.5″) 
Motherboard 
  • 100 x 105 mm 
CPU 
  • 4th generation Intel Core i3-4010U 1.7GHz 
Memory 
  • 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L slots (DDR3 1.35V)
  • 1333 / 1600 MHz
  • Max. 16GB 
LAN 
  • Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111G) 
Audio 
  • Realtek ALC269 
Graphics 
  • Intel HD 4400 graphics 
HDMI Resolution (Max.) 
  • 4096 x 2304 @ 24 Hz 
Mini DP Resolution (Max.) 
  • 3200 x 2000 @ 60 Hz 
Expansion Slots 
  • 1 x mSATA slot
  • 1 x Half-size mini-PCIe slot occupied by the WiFi+BT card 
Front I/O 
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x head phone jack with SPDIF 
Rear I/O 
  • 1 x HDMI (1.4a standard)
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.2a standard)
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x RJ45
  • 1 x DC-In
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot 
Power Supply 
  • Input: AC 100-240V
  • Output: DC 19V
  • 3.42A 
Projector type 
  • DLP (LED backlight) 
Projector Resolution 
  • WVGA (864 x 480) 
Projector Aspect ratio 
  • 16:9 
Projector Image size 
  • 7″-85″ 
Projector Brightness 
  • 75 ANSI lummens 
Projector Contrast Ratio 
  • ≥900 
Projector Lifecycle 
  • 3LED (RGB) technology
Projector Input 
  • PC / mini HDMI in 
Projector Speaker 
  • PC: Dolby technology (1.5W)
  • HDMI IN: SRS technology (1.5W) 

 Now that you’ve memorized the specifications for the GIGABYTE Brix BXPi3-4010 (there will be a test later)  we can move on the packaging, inside and outside, and the build. Once that’s all complete we will look at the performance of the unit, head on to the next page and we can get started!

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  • James Poli

    So can I eschew a monitor and use the projector as the primary display?