You have simple access to its two laptop memory slots, its mSATA SSD and a mini PCIe slot, currently filled with a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination card and tucked under the SSD. It’s sold as a complete unit, so only enthusiasts will ever need to open it up, but once you’ve unscrewed the base of the PC it’s very simple to work in. As shown in our multimedia benchmarks, its 1. Size isnt the only thing that makes the Fusion Brix more convenient than the PC Specialist NUC Lite, as its full-size rather than mini HDMI output makes it easier to connect to your TV or monitor, without you having to buy an adaptor.
7GHz Intel Core i3-4010U processor packs a surprising punch. The Chillblast Fusion Brix is quite possibly the smallest PC weve ever tested. This is particularly handy if you want to connect additional storage devices to the Fusion Brix, as its 120GB mSATA SSD doesnt depart much room for large media collections. It will struggle with several heavy-duty programs running simultaneously, but an overall score of 34 puts it ahead of larger mini PCs such as the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 and even a few Core i3-based every-in-one PCs we’ve tested such as the HP Envy Rove 20.
Its so small, in fact, that you can quite comfortably hold it in the palm of your hand and yet curve your fingers round the edges. Upgrading the Fusion Brix is simple. The Fusion Brix doesnt sacrifice much power for its small size. It’s based on Gigabytes miniscule barebones Brix unit, and measures just 30x107x114mm, making it even smaller than PCs based on Intels NUC Kit chassis and motherboard, such as used in the PC Specialist NUC Lite.
Other outputs include a mini DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a combined headphone and S/PDIF optical audio output and two USB3 ports on the front and rear.