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Star Labs announced the compact Byte Mk II PC

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Need a new mini-PC? Hardware vendor Star Labs have announced their refreshed Byte Mk II and it looks like quite a tidy little unit.

Coming with an Intel N200 fanless processor, dual 1Gbps ethernet, coreboot and 8GB 3200MHz RAM (up to 16GB) and a 480GB PCIe SSD (up to 2TB) it has what you need to get going. As usual for Star Labs it has exceptional support for various Linux distributions with you being able to configure it with Ubuntu, Kubuntu, elementary OS, Linux Mint, Manjaro and more options.

Highlighted Features:

  • Connectivity at its Finest. Equipped with 11 ports including USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, and more, the Byte Mk II effortlessly connects all your devices with zero hassle. Whether you need to transfer data, connect multiple displays, or expand your storage, the Byte has got you covered.
  • Powerful Performance. Underneath its compact exterior lies the fanless Intel® N200 processor, delivering lightning-fast speeds and exceptional multitasking performance. With up to 3.7GHz quad-core processing you'll enjoy seamless productivity, immersive multimedia experiences, and silent yet efficient computing.
  • Exclusively coreboot. Built with open-source coreboot based firmware, the Byte is a true advocate for freedom and customisation. Empowering you to modify, enhance, and optimise your hardware according to your needs. The Byte Mk II brings you peace of mind with advanced security features such as BIOS Lock, Secure Boot, and Measured Boot.
  • Seamless Linux Compatibility. Discover flawless integration with your Linux operating systems. The Byte delivers a smooth, reliable computing experience without the usual hardware compatibility issues. It's not just a machine; it's a testament to what's possible when hardware and software work together harmoniously.
  • Compact Design, Endless Possibilities. With it's sub 13cm footprint the Byte discreetly fits into any environment without compromising performance. The perfect companion for professionals, students, and tech enthusiasts seeking the perfect balance of portability and power. Embrace the freedom to take your powerhouse wherever you go.

It has a base price of £498 that's currently discounted to £378. For a nice quiet compact little Linux work machine, seems like a good unit to pick up depending on your needs.

See more on their website.

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robvv Jul 14, 2023
Looks rather interesting. Now that the NUC is being phased out, we need some more Mini-PCs on the market.
mr-victory Jul 14, 2023
QuoteSuper efficient firmware that only takes 0.76s to POST.
Looks at his PCs with 10 second boot time, jealousy intensifies...
ShabbyX Jul 14, 2023
How well would you think it works for gaming on a TV? I can't imagine fanless could handle that.
Tuxee Jul 14, 2023
Quoting: ShabbyXHow well would you think it works for gaming on a TV? I can't imagine fanless could handle that.
Since it relies on Intel's iGPU gaming will be restricted to non-demanding titles.
ShabbyX Jul 14, 2023
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: ShabbyXHow well would you think it works for gaming on a TV? I can't imagine fanless could handle that.
Since it relies on Intel's iGPU gaming will be restricted to non-demanding titles.

I mean, obviously, but I wouldn't even be sure it would be good for non-demanding titles :shrug:
Viesta2015 Jul 14, 2023
i would actually get this if i didn't have a mini PC already just to check it out.
ElectricPrism Jul 14, 2023
I thought Intel just canned their entire NUC division?
ShabbyX Jul 14, 2023
Quoting: ElectricPrismI thought Intel just canned their entire NUC division?

I think the phrase you are looking for is "nuked their NUC division" :D
Shmerl Jul 14, 2023
Any good mini PCs with AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS? All I see are some poorly supported Chinese companies like Beelink and Minisforum.


Last edited by Shmerl on 14 July 2023 at 6:48 pm UTC
ElectricPrism Jul 15, 2023
Quoting: ShabbyX
Quoting: ElectricPrismI thought Intel just canned their entire NUC division?

I think the phrase you are looking for is "nuked their NUC division" :D

Exactly, tired me just needed some coffee. I also had to double check and confirmed Intel nuked several of their divisions.
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