PiPO X7 Quadcore Windows Mini PC Impressions (And Exclusive Offer)

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Following the MeegoPad T01, the PiPO X7 is an quadcore mini PC using a more traditional “box” form factor. Leveraging Intel’s Bay Trail processor, this all-metal box runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and should have more than enough grunt to handle XBMC. Will this replace the traditional HTPC?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Offer
I have managed to get an exclusive coupon for Home Theatre Life readers, bringing the PiPO X7 down to just US$89.98 using coupon “PipoX7LM“. Please note: This device is on pre-sale.

PiPO X7 Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3736F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek RTL8723BS), Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB: 4x USB 2.0 port
  • Other Features: Power button, 1 Year Office 365 Subscription
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing

PiPO X7 Impressions

The PiPO X7 appears to be the first Windows mini PC leveraging a more traditional form factor. Whilst it sacrifices some portability, the additional size should offer better cooling and has also enabled the inclusion of an external antenna to improve wifi performance. The all-metal construction should aid in a more “premium” feel, as well as acting as a large heatsink to dissipate heat generated during use.

The PiPO X7 should be ideal for handling XBMC/Kodi, media playback, web browsing and even some light gaming. You can see CPUBoss’ benchmarks of the Z3736F here. Additionally, running video streaming applications such as Netflix and Amazon Prime should be much easier, given Windows’ support of many required forms of DRM.

Information I have received from vendors state that Windows with Bing comes activated, so no fee is required. The device is available in both black and silver, although I have only seen the silver version in the wild. GeekBuying have now listed the black version.

PiPO X7 Images

Exclusive Offer
I have managed to get an exclusive coupon for Home Theatre Life readers, bringing the PiPO X7 down to just US$89.98 using coupon “PipoX7LM“. Please note: This device is on pre-sale.

To get more information on the PiPO X7, please follow the link to the product page.

If you want to get your own PiPO X7, it’s currently available from GearBest and GeekBuying.

Do you like the look of the PiPO X7? Could you see it replacing the traditional HTPC? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Michael Verrenkamp

    Just today I was discusiing looking for a small PC for HT purposes. The Mac Mini running Kodi is great but we need one for the bedroom as well. This looks like a winner to me. That’s enough power to handle all but the highest streams.

    That said I will do my usual and knock Windows off in favor of a GNU Linux system – thus maximum speed and freedom!

  • virtuallyjohnny

    This unit and pricing seems too good to be true. There are serious issues with product supply, with customer orders from December getting delivery dates pushed back until February. If the product is not listed in stock, do not buy.

  • Bradley Chuter

    The Pipo x7 was in stock at a local supplier in South Africa….I ordered this morning and it has already shipped out a few hours later….ill have my hands on it tomorrow. Think i paid way more than most though….but we pay dearly on import tax so it would of worked out the same if i ordered online and would of taken much longer to arrive. I paid R1995.00 (+- $166 USD) including shipping.
    I’m a bit of a mini PC junkie, currently own Cubox-i4Pro, Raspberry Pi B+, 2x fitPC3 (dual 1ghz amd) all running some flavor of Linux…..lets see how the Pipo goes on Win8 :)