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BIOSTAR RACING P1 SFF PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 10, 2017 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BIOSTAR

Here are key points about the RACING P1.

 

What's Hot

 

Silent: The BIOSTAR RACING P1 is totally silent. The unit has no moving parts; no fans. While the exterior of the RACING P1 is plastic, a metal interior shell dissipates the heat evenly throughout. The Atom's heat sink is directly attached to this shell through a large heatpad. Our thermal test showed that the unit didn't get too hot or throttle, and was able to handle the heat the SoC put out even in grueling synthetic environments.

 

 

Good Connectivity Options: I was surprised to find so many USB ports. Although they are almost all USB 2.0 ports (there is one USB 3.0 port), the unit still has many more USB ports than most NUC-type devices that are sometimes twice its size. I also really liked the fact the unit has a built-in wired NIC, microSD card slot, and came with a headphone/microphone splitter.

 

RGB LEDs: While RGB LEDs aren't everyone's thing, I thought BIOSTAR did a nice job with them, although most people probably don't have RGB LEDs down as a requirement for a mini PC. The header is also a nice touch and offers owners a chance to customize their environment. Many people find hobbies through ordinary necessity. Someone's experience changing their car oil might lead to a passion for tinkering with cars, and being able to do something different with a PC, especially on the level of RGB LEDs might lead to a passion for lighting up computers.

 

Tiny: The BIOSTAR RACING P1 is not your typical NUC-style device, it's smaller. It does fit in the palm of your hand, and it's very lightweight. Its size makes the PC easy to hide or store behind a display, and it won't take up much room on your desk.

 

Price: At only $159, the RACING P1 is an extremely affordable Windows 10 PC.

 

What's Not

 

No 4K: The Atom processor that BIOSTAR chose for the RACING P1 only supports resolutions up to 1920x1080.

 

HDMI Only: The only display output on the RACING P1 is an HDMI port, and while this device is targeted at TV users, many desktop users might find the need for a DVI or DisplayPort dongle cumbersome.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The BIOSTAR RACING P1 might not be the fastest mini PC around, but it does offer a lot of value as a totally silent Windows PC. It's perfect for the bedroom as a streaming machine, where you might want to watch Netflix while falling asleep, but don't want to wake up to the sound of your tiny PC's fan going nuts because it got too hot.

 

The RACING P1 is well designed to dissipate the heat it produces into the air and offers enough performance to stream from pretty much any of the latest content platforms or a home server.

 

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While you won't be replacing your desktop with the RACING P1, it's a solid option for those on smaller budgets that need a machine capable of running Windows 10. Running benchmarks on the machine was, let's say, a long process, but it was able to handle them. You can get away with using the PC for everyday tasks such as web browsing, writing an essay, or watching a movie.

 

There were two things that impressed me about the RACING P1; the amount of connectivity it offers and its customization options. While some might snub the RGB LEDs in the lid and the 5050 RGB LED connector, I won't, because I think offering something unique that actually gives owners personal customization is of value.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance82%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features93%
Bundle and Packaging91%
Value for Money93%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: Loaded with a healthy amount of USB ports, wired Gbit LAN, Wireless AC, and even RGB LED support, the BIOSTAR RACING P1 is a fairly unique offering at an extremely reasonable price.

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