Here are key points about the BKi5A-7200.
Excellent 4K Support: If you haven't heard, Netflix 4K streaming requires a Kaby Lake CPU, Windows 10, and the Edge browser. The BRIX BKi5A-7200 has all the right hardware regarding the Kaby Lake CPU and Windows 10 support, but it also has HDMI 2.0 which might also be a requirement to stream 4K content.
Content creators wanted to lock down their content from the hardware side, along with all connections and pathways, and HDCP 2.2 is what they use. HDMI 2.0 fully supports HDCP 2.2 as does the Kaby Lake CPU, and the BRIX fully supports it. The BKi5A-7200 might be the first PC on the market with the ability to stream 4K Netflix, and the new HEVC 10b decoder in the iGPU doesn't hurt things.
Solid Performance: Intel's 7200U might seem like a low-powered CPU, and it is, but that doesn't mean it can't still be fast. With a fast storage solution like the 950 Pro matched with the 7200U, performance in most tasks is very similar to that of a desktop PC. Another editor had asked about a small NUC device for his father, and I recommended a Skylake-based BRIX I had just reviewed. He had his doubts about the performance of such small devices until he actually got it in his hands. Needless to say, most people won't notice the difference between a device like the BKi5A-7200 and a desktop PC.
USB 3.1: The BKi5A-7200 is fully loaded with USB 3.1 type-A and type-C. The latest in USB storage technology is double the speed of its predecessor, and the type-C port is very convenient.
Small and Sleek: I am a big fan of GIGABYTE's new BRIX casing. While it is plastic, it looks like brushed aluminum and feels like it too. The best part is that it doesn't easily pick up fingerprints, something a lot of glossy mini PCs do.
Low on USB: The device has a total of three USB type-A ports. For most people, the two in the rear will go to a keyboard and mouse, and that just leaves the front USB type-A port for other devices, like a wireless headphone transmitter. While the device also has a type-C port, support is still not as widespread as most had thought.
At just under $400 without storage or RAM, the BKi5A-7200 is not cheap, but you do get a nice desktop replacement. For almost all business usage, the BRIX BKi5A-7200 will get the job done quickly and quietly. It will also take care of almost all home usage except for gaming. While content creation, like editing a video, might be much faster on a full-blown desktop with a fast CPU, the BRIX BKi5A-7200 can handle it but slower.
With the Kaby Lake CPU and HDMI 2.0, you will be able to use the BRIX BKi5A-7200 well into the future as a streaming device. If you are looking for a desktop replacement and you don't game or produce content, and are looking for a mini PC to replace an aging desktop, the BRIX BKi5A-7200 is an excellent choice.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: With a fast Intel Kaby Lake CPU, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.1, the BRIX BKi5A-7200 is a fast and capable little machine that can replace most desktops.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and System]
- Page 3 [Teardown of the BKi5A-7200]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 7 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Microsoft, Facebook complete 160Tbps undersea cable
- Apple won't let you download 4K, only stream on Apple TV
- Sony isn't 'entirely comfortable' being VR market leader
- G.SKILL launches 128GB DDR4 RAM kit for Threadripper
- Bethesda pursues long-lasting relationship with Nintendo
- Upgrading USB ports on top of case
- Areca ARC-8050T3 12-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID DAS Review
- GA-P67A-UD3P-B3 can't change multiplier past 38, can't change turbo ratio with i5 3570k
- TP-Link Archer C3150 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review
- Using Netgear wndr3700 as router extender problem
- AOC announces retail availability of AGON curved QHD gaming monitor
- Seasonic presents the PRIME Ultra power supplies
- EVGA announces GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ELITE video card
- G.Skill releases AMD Ryzen-optimized Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory
- Hear the difference feel the beat of the DRUM