Introduction and Design
A fanless Apollo Lake mini system with upgradable storage
Azulle might not be a familiar name unless you have been browsing for mini PCs lately, as the company offers various small form-factor computers and accessories on Amazon.
Today we will take a close look at their Intel Apollo Lake-powered Byte3 mini PC which starts at $179.99 (and goes up to $337.99 depending on configuration), and provides another fanless solution to this category. Does our $199.99 quad-core version, which includes Windows 10 Pro, stand out? Read on to find out!
- Processor: Quad-core Intel Apollo Lake N3450
- RAM: 4 GB / 8 GB
- Storage: eMMC 32 GB / 2.5" SSD or M.2 SSD Supported
- M.2 Slot: AHCI (SATA)
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics 500
- Wi-Fi: Dual-Band 2.4 GHz / 5.0 GHz
- Ethernet: 1 Gigabit
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Display Output: 1x HDMI (4K @60Hz), 1x VGA
- USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB Type-C
- SD Slot: Up to 256 GB
- BIOS: Wake on LAN / PXE / BIO Reset
- IR: IR Control
- Audio Output: 3.5 mm jack
- OS Support: Windows 10 Pro / Ubuntu Linux
- Power Supply: 12V
- Dimensions: 5.6 x 4 x 1.5 inches
Thanks to Azulle for providing the Byte3 for our review!
- Azulle Byte3 Mini PC (N3450/4GB/32GB/Win 10 Pro): $199.99 – Amazon.com
We'll start with a quick look inside the box:
The Byte3 has a small, rectangular form-factor of some 5.6 inches wide and 4 inches deep, with a height of 1.5 inches.
The Byte3's enclosure feels very well made, and has a nicely finished appearance. The only disruption of the low profile form-factor is the rear-mounted antenna, which should help provide better Wi-Fi reception.
I/O is good for a mini system, beginning on the right side where there is a standard SD card slot and one each USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports.
On the back, left to right we find a 3.5 mm audio jack, two more USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, and USB Type-C.
The other side of the Byte3 offers some ventilation
The top of the device is a metallic material that is part of the heatsink:
From the bottom there is access to the system board – and the storage upgrade options – by removing the metal plate.
Next we'll take a look inside the Byte3 and then check out the results with some performance benchmarks.