Try a Mini PC for use in the office or in the living room, but betting on something original? What do you think of LEGO bricks, stuck on each other to form a plastic frame colored and effect? The idea is not new: for years modders and simple users have dusted off the LEGO building closed in a drawer since childhood to build a house (big or small) for your computer, but Mike Schropp is credited with having It created its own line of custom-built Mini PC.
At the beginning of 2015, in fact, the first LEGO Mini Computer was put on sale at the starting price of $ 999 and, in a few months, has launched a smaller model and affordable, which has called LEGO Micro Computer, from $ 599. Even the latter is characterized by a frame constructed brick by brick LEGO, up to reach the dimensions of 12 x 12 x 10 cm. The result is a simple construction and functional, since the frame can be coupled to another structure LEGO as a normal piece but also gives the possibility to connect an additional homes with other hardware, for example to expand the interfaces (ports and readers card) or add new components (external drives).
The hardware platform is not very different from that of an Intel NUC: LEGO Micro Computer is equipped with an Intel Core i3 (Broadwell), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of SSD storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11ac. This configuration is priced at $ 599, but if you opt for a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, greater storage capacity and RAM (up to 16GB), the price will rise.
Like the Mini PC of Santa Clara, also to Schropp is fanless, but inside the case is still present a small fan that, with the holes on the sides of the frame, you can remove the internal heat and maintain the temperature normal. If what you said was curious, you can read some more details on the design and construction of LEGO Micro Computer on Total Geekdom