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?
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
To get more information on the PiPO X7, please follow the link to the product page.
Do you like the look of the PiPO X7? Could you see it replacing the traditional HTPC? Let us know in the comments below.