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Oct 20, 2014

Biostar iDEQ-T1, Mini PC with Desktop-Level Performance

Maybe saying that an Intel Bay Trail central processing unit provides “desktop-level performance” is a bit of a stretch, but when you're talking about web browsing, doc viewing and editing and other normal stuff like that, it's more than enough.

Knowing this, and the preference of a fair few people for smaller devices, Biostar has formally launched the iDEQ-T1 series mini PC. It kind of goes with the company's regular policy of launching mini-ITX and micro-ATX motherboard, and small-form factor technology in general. Sure, the company has its fair share of standard motherboards and the like, but it does seem to be more active on the mini PC front than others.

The Biostar iDEQ-T1 computer

First off, it is built around an Intel Bay Trail processor, but don't worry: it's not an Atom, since the company seems to be leaving that brand in the dust. Instead, it's a Celeron Processor N2940, with up to 2.25 GHz clock and 2 MB cache memory. Dual-channel DDR3 memory backs it up: two SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333MHz memory slots, for up to 16 GB RAM. You get to decide which, since this is a nettop ultimately. That means that you don't get a default memory or storage capacity option. Instead, you can outfit it with those products on order or afterwards. The BIOS is quite advanced as well, with features like "RESURE BIOS" which allows the BIOS to be automatically loaded on a flash drive, for example.

The "Super Rescue Function" is another thing. If the iDEQ-T1 is attacked by a virus, you can recover the BIOS with this function, like a total factory reset basically. In truth, the BIOS abilities aren't that big a deal on a small PC that you'll never overclock or otherwise tweak, but it's still good to know the options are there. Everything is held together by a mini-ITX motherboard, though you'll have to make do with the integrated GPU is on the CPU (HD graphics) since the lone Mini PCIe slot can only hold a Mini PCIe /IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi card.

Availability and pricing

Biostar didn't mention them in its press release, but sales should start soon enough. Businessmen might find the mini PC quite useful, especially since they can hide behind a monitor via a VESA mount. Home users can have them behave as pseudo-media players too, since they can be mounted at the back of TVs too.

Press Release:BIOSTAR has announced the iDEQ-T1 series mini PC, a micro-mini computer specifically designed to subvert the conventional desktop PC by being smaller, lighter and more mobile but with similar features and capabilities. At just two thirds the surface area of an A4 sized piece of paper and with a weight of only 0.8Kg, the iDEQ-T1, in conjunction with the HTPC platform, is a great solution for a variety of environments needing a small, yet fully-featured, PC.
Inside the iDEQ-T1 the hardware is based on the mini-ITX form factor which allows small and energy efficient solutions because of the affordable and internet centric board design in a compact 17x17cm size. It supports 2 SO-DIMM of DDR3L 1333MHz for up to 16G of RAM capacity and will provide full Intel powered HD Graphics. It also supports BIOSTAR's BIO-Remote 2 Technology and Charger Booster Technology.
The iDEQ-T1 has some nice BIOS features such as the "RESURE BIOS". This allows the BIOS to be automatically loaded into a hard drive. Using the UEFI BIOS design it supports a variety of graphics manipulation operations and BIOSTAR's research team added the "Super Rescue Function" where if the iDEQ-T1 is attacked by a virus you can recover the BIOS with Super Rescue.
With Intel's Bay Trail processor you get the Intel Gen7 display chip which can pump out up to 2560x1440 resolution displays with DirectX 11. For the Smart Office situation, the iDEQ-T1 will give you a budget saving quad-core computing based on Intel Celeron N2940 chips. With built-in GIGA LAN and Wi-Fi, It is perfect for office space saving and creating a neat and tidy office area, and ultra speed data transfers are no problem with the USB 3.0 interface.
Lastly, placement is easy as the iDEQ-T1 is VESA compliant with a VESA mount with back hanging function. With this you can easily hide the unit behind a monitor or large size TV. For more information, visit this page.

Biostar iDEQ-T1 mini PC
Images credits to Biostar


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