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NanoPC-T4

What it offers

A beefy single-board computer that uses the same system-on-a-chip as Samsung's Chromebook Plus, but at a fraction of the price.

The computer is suited to many uses -- media center, general computer, NAS -- thanks to its powerful hardware and the wide range of Linux-based operating systems it supports, including Android 7.1 and Lubuntu 16.04, and mainline Linux kernel support. The downside is the price, at $109 it is not far off a budget PC and some early tests of the board have encountered problems.

Specs

The NanoPC-T4 is powered by a Rockchip RK3399, which pairs a dual-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A72 with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 in a Big.LITTLE configuration, with a Mali-T864 GPU, and 4K VP9 and 10-Bit H.265/H.264 hardware video decoder, with 4 GB RAM, 16GB storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The 100x64mm device comes with a heatsink, radio antennas, a power adapter, and an acrylic case.

Where to buy

The board is available to buy here for $109.

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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.