The Jide Remix Mini packs an Android-based computer inside a device a bit larger than a deck of cards (or, for Canadians, about the size of 1.5 hockey pucks). It comes with a 64-bit, 4-Core Cortex processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB of SSD storage.
The device sports two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a headphone port, and a microSD slot for extra storage. Jide sells the Remix mini for $69.99, and includes an HDMI cable (about 20" long) and a power adapter in the box.
You need to connect the Remix Mini to a display, a keyboard, and a mouse. Pretty much any HDMI-capable display will work. I hooked my unit up to a 50" TV first, then later connected it to a 24" monitor. The Remix Mini requires a USB keyboard and mouse for the initial configuration. After setup, though, you can add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, then unplug the USB devices.
The device auto-boots the first time you plug it in. The setup process is pretty much like any Android device setup: Connect to Wi-Fi, enable various settings, and login to your accounts. The Remix includes official Google Play store access, so you can install Android apps.
Remix OS starts with Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and adds several desktop-like features.
First, there's a taskbar at the bottom of the display. In the lower left, menu buttons offer access to apps (from a Jide-logo menu button) and the desktop. In the lower right, you'll find links to system features such as settings, Wi-Fi, and screenshot options.
Remix also provides both a custom file manager and control panel. The control panel offers a view of system settings that looks similar to a Mac OS X control panel, with a few horizontal rows of icons. The file manager provides one-click access to documents, pictures, music, and movies, in addition to the file system.
Remix adds windowing, too. Many apps run not only in full-screen mode, but also in re-sizable windows. Gmail, Google Docs, Chrome, and the Microsoft Office apps all support windowing. However, some apps, such as Google Hangouts, only work full-screen (as of mid-November 2015). Jide continues to update Remix OS to fix bugs and improve functionality.
Remix Mini - Android Based Nano PC
- Product Code: Remix Mini
- Availability: In Stock