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Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXA8-5545

Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXA8-5545
alaScore 84

22 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXA8-5545. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability. The size is also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive comments about the price, while the design and usability get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXA8-5545 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

Gigabyte Brix (GB-BXA8-5545) Review and Ratings

 

The AMD-based Brix micro-PC kit is a solid (if very similar) alternative to Intel's NUC. It handles HD media playback well, and it's capable of some light gaming. Just know you'll have to provide your own OS and special RAM, plus a spendy mSATA SSD.

Very compact ; Wi-Fi card included ; Four USB 3.0 ports and a full-size HDMI port ; Runs quiet when not gaming

Intel’s current-gen NUC is quieter under stress ; Like most such micro-PCs, requires mSATA SSD, SO-DIMM RAM

In our time with the AMD-based Gigabyte Brix, we were generally happy with its performance and build quality. While the system lagged behind the Haswell Core i5-based Intel NUC to varying degrees in most tests, the Brix has more than enough CPU ability...

Feb, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

APU doesn't support DisplayPort 1.2

 

My case is now with customer support, so we'll see what happens. I have several other Gigabyte products that I've never had any issues with, however the technical support response has been disappointing. I'll see how things go with customer service,...

This unit has been better than my NUC in that it functioned (I had nothing but BIOS issues with my core i5 NUC and ended up returning it)

This unit does not support DisplayPort 1.2 as outlined on Gigabyte's FAQ. The hardware port is physically a 1.2a port as they state, but the APU doesn't support multiple stream (MultiStream Transport or MST), part of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. I...

Dec, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Cannot Restart?

 

IF I can get this working correctly, it will be great. Otherwise, it was a huge let-down.

I love the size and form factor of this device, and the speed I get from such a small package is impressive and can do anything I need it to. The price was right, and if I can get my issue resolved, I think this little thing will work out well

I cannot restart the computer. Any time I do, I get a "Disk Read Error" from the BIOS and have to power it off. I can start it up from a cold boot, and it'll run just fine. The only problem is during restarts. I checked all connections, confirmed that...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Unreliable product and awful service from Gigabyte

 

I have a one of the latest and greatest routers, but the wifi is not usable as it isn't reliable. I have to use ethernet, which is ok for where my computer is. I don't even bother with blue tooth now as a usb cable is more reliable and always works. I...

Small, fast for such a compact computer, quiet compared to a desktop tower, easy to transport if needed. This is a great solution for me as I don't like laptops at all and I only like to use a tablet when I am mobile. Most of my computer use is at my...

Wifi is very bad, bluetooth was intermittent, headphone jack broke after 5 months, not enough rear usb ports (hub fixed that). Gigabyte will not stand behind their product for RMA

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Bad product and horrible gigabyte customer service

 

I bought two of these computers, one for business use and one for my personal computer. They have the same flaws, but the headphone jack on the business computer doesn't get used as the monitor has hdmi audio and built in speakers. I live less than an...

This computer is very small, fast, and quiet for average web and office work. It boots fast and transfers files fast with usb 3.0. I can't hear it run when doing most things. Videos cause the fan to run faster, but it is still quieter than my big tower...

Wifi didn't seem to work well and bluetooth seemed to be glitchy. I have to run ethernet to use the internet connection. More rear usb ports would be nice, but a usb hub is an option. I bought one from newegg, but it is defective and the manufacturer...

Sep, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great MiniPC

 

Case size is incredibly small...I love it! Case had plenty of room to install the mSATA drive...super easy installation. Bios is good, easy enough. I have it running my PhotoBooth software- DSLR Remote Pro and it runs flawlessly. No problems whatsoever...

System gets a little hot. Be sure you have the unit in a location where it can be vented

Aug, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Thumbs up for GIGABYTE BRIX

 

This is essentially a laptop computer in the size of a little box. By the time I bought the 8GB of memory and a 120 GB mSATA SSD Drive, the total cost was over $400 and that doesn't include the keyboard, mouse, Windows license or CD Drive. So I'm still...

Small Size ; Easy install - Just add Memory & mSATA ; Quick Bootup ; Works with Windows 7 if you disable USB 3.0 in BIOS ; External Power Supply

Fan is kind of loud given the size ; No expansion slots ; WiFi is very poor ; For video, you need HDMI or MiniDisplay Port

Jul, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Nice quad-core performance in a Mini package

 

The USB-3 option needs to be turned off in BIOS to load an OS from a flash drive. USB3 drive could also be loaded before installation.

Small size, quad-core CPU, SSD drive and 8GB memory make this Mini-PC a space saver for most applications. Using this Mini-PC to surf the internet and manage a drug plan for nursing homes. The VESA mount allows the Mini-PC to be mounted to the back of...

Used the VESA mounting and attached this unit to the back of a monitor. The VESA mount doesn't have a latch or lock to keep the Mini-PC unit from falling out of the mount. It doesn't look good, but a plastic drywall anchor inserted between the mount...

Jul, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

ATI Radeon 7500 64mb PCI card

 

This is essentially a laptop computer in the size of a little box. By the time I bought the 8GB of memory and a 120 GB mSATA SSD Drive, the total cost was over $400 and that doesn't include the keyboard, mouse, Windows license or CD Drive. So I'm still...

Small Size ; Easy install - Just add Memory & mSATA ; Quick Bootup ; Works with Windows 7 if you disable USB 3.0 in BIOS ; External Power Supply

Fan is kind of loud given the size ; No expansion slots ; WiFi is very poor ; For video, you need HDMI or MiniDisplay Port

Jul, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

ATI Radeon 7500 64mb PCI card

 

The USB-3 option needs to be turned off in BIOS to load an OS from a flash drive. USB3 drive could also be loaded before installation.

Small size, quad-core CPU, SSD drive and 8GB memory make this Mini-PC a space saver for most applications. Using this Mini-PC to surf the internet and manage a drug plan for nursing homes. The VESA mount allows the Mini-PC to be mounted to the back of...

Used the VESA mounting and attached this unit to the back of a monitor. The VESA mount doesn't have a latch or lock to keep the Mini-PC unit from falling out of the mount. It doesn't look good, but a plastic drywall anchor inserted between the mount...

Jul, 2014
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