Raw Mini from Raw media is a mini HTPC build that is designed to be a perfect companion to your entertainment center. Almost all electronics and devices (except those of with viewing displays) are getting smaller and smaller these days. If you are looking to replace or add a micro HTPC with a very small footprint then the Raw Mini could be an option. The folks at Raw Media sent me a unit to test and review. I have been testing it for about a month now. Below you will find my opinion on the Raw Mini and how it fits the bill as a mini XBMC box and possibly more. [Read: 3 Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives in 2014]
The market is filled with Android TV boxes and some are even designed to be a mini XBMC player. If you want the features of Android on your TV then by all means go for an Android mini XBMC box. But if you want the flexibility of having a full fleged PC with the ability to run your own OS or a dedicated Kodi media center, then the Raw Mini could be a great option.
Raw Mini HTPC 2014 Specs
Raw Mini’s specs are not going to blow your mind off but make no mistake, with the right Operating System, it is capable of doing everything you want to do and possibly more.
- CPU Intel® Celeron 1037U Dual-Core 1.8GHz Processor
- Memory 2G DDR3 RAM SO-DIMMs DDR3 1333/1066 MHz Expandable to 16GB
- Graphics Processor Intel® NM70 Express Chipset
- Wifi 150Mb/s b/g/n Built in wifi
- Ethernet Realtek* 10/100/1000 Mb/s ethernet controller
- Chipset Intel® NM70 Express Chipset
- Storage 8GB Solid-state drive standard (upgradable to 256GB SSD)
- Other Ports: 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA (D-SUB), and HDMI
- Height 1.37″, Width 5″, and Depth 5.3″
- Cooling Dual cooled by fan and aluminum housing
- Power Supply Input: 100-240V~ Max 1.6A Output: 12V 5A
- Plug type Your choice of; North American, U.K., or E.U.
- Bluetooth Optional
The Raw Remote comes with a nano sized USB dongle. It runs on a Lithium ion rechargeable battery and can work within a 30 ft radius. While the above are the advertised Raw Mini HTPC specs, upon opening up the box, I found a Intel AC-3160 Wireless card with Bluetooth. So it’s Wifi is capable of running at 466 Mbps (theoretical) with a good Wireless AC Router.
Raw Mini XBMC PC Construction
One of the first things that struck me about the Raw Mini was its build quality. The outer case is made of Aluminum, which is great for heat dissipation. The built-in fan and the fins on the case also help with heat dissipation. I was impressed at how sturdy and premium it felt.
The Raw remote was very comfortable hold in hand. For its small size it surprisingly has almost all keys and functions as the full and currently top-of-line Logitech K830 wireless HTPC keyboard.
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