Biostar races into pockets with the Racing P1 mini-PC

— 9:50 AM on October 3, 2016

Most gerbils probably know Biostar more from its motherboards than anything else. We covered the company's high-end Racing brand before, but today that brand is getting a NUC-like mini-PC. The Racing P1 comes with a two-watt Atom x5-Z8350 SoC, 4 GB of soldered-down DDR3L-1600 memory, and 64GB of eMMC storage.

This little machine has five USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 connector, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. If wires aren't your thing, Biostar jammed 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 into the box. That's not too bad considering the entire machine is 5" by 3", and just over an inch thick (129 mm x 83 mm x 27 mm.) Storage expansion comes by way of a Micro-SDXC card slot, and the Racing P1 connects to monitors with a single HDMI port. Owners can also hook up the tunes with a 3.5mm combo jack if HDMI audio isn't an option.

To keep things from getting too boring, Biostar included its "Vivid LED DJ" RGB LED controller in the mini-PC. The Biostar Racing logo on the top of the machine has a color-configurable glow, and a connector on the front allows users to hook up and control an LED strip. As befits a mini-PC, the Racing P1 can be bolted to the back of a monitor using optional VESA mounting hardware. Biostar expects the Racing P1 mini-PC to sell for $159 world-wide.

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