We see a lot of PCs around here at Newegg. Large, small, and everything in between. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this.
The Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry Mini PC isn’t just small, it’s downright tiny. It’s substantially smaller than even the smallest laptop or tablet, and easily fits in the average pocket. We’re talking barely the size of an external hard drive, with the power and flexibility of a full Windows 10 PC.
The black, plastic shell has a white Ockel logo on one side, and interesting textured plastic on the other. The design is minimalistic but attractive, and the emphasis on portability is clearly at the forefront of the design objectives here.
On one end of the Ockel there’s a simple power button, on the other the AC in, an HDMI out, and two USB ports. There’s an audio and mic port on the left side of this little PC, and a microSD card port as well.
The Ockel is powered by a DC 5V / 2A USB cable. That means you can plug it into a wall with an adapter, but it also means you can charge it with a battery pack to further enhance the portability options.
You can pick up the Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry Mini PC 64 GB version that we tested for $329. There’s also a 32 GB version currently available for $279.
While this is a full WIndows 10 PC, it’s not exactly a gaming rig, nor should it be expected to be. What is here is remarkably impressive for the size.
On CPU duty we’re looking at a Quad Core Intel Atom x5-Z8350, coupled with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. You can get either 32GB of storage or 64, which is plenty for most simple applications (along with your Windows installation). Couple that with the microSD slot, cloud storage capabilities, and the option to plug in an external hard drive, and you’re looking at plenty of storage options.
It’s fully equipped with an Intel 3350 Wi-Fi AC wireless card, so you’re ready for Wi-Fi right out of the box, and it has Bluetooth support.
For graphics, the Ockel uses Intel’s onboard graphics. It’s a surprisingly capable module that we were able to push further than we thought possible given the moderate specs.
Portable PCPortability is the coolest thing about this little guy. A PC the size of an SSD has a multitude of functions, and one of the most exciting is for professional use. Paired with a wireless mouse and keyboard and an HDMI display, you can imagine the locational flexibility this could provide. Who needs a laptop when you’ve got a pocket-sized PC?
After a day at the office, simply drop the Ockel in your bag and plug it into a dock when you get home.
Or hook it up to your TV, and bam! You’ve got yourself a media machine. Not only can you stream any video service you can imagine from a browser, and any video files you have can be played right from the Ockel or an external storage device. Hooking up your PC to a television unlocks countless cool opportunities, and having one this small means you can put it pretty much anywhere.
The Ockel is NOT a gaming computer, which should be obvious given the size and the price, but it’s no slouch. You’re not going to be running Destiny 2 in 4K, but for more modest game like League of Legends, the Ockel is absolutely capable. The integrated graphics can certainly run anything a little older, and though it’s not going to be a go to for AAA titles, it’s phenomenal for exploring your older game library, or some light e-sports action.
Who’s It For?
Who is the Ockel for? It’s for anyone who is enthusiastic about portability. It’s for someone who likes the idea of Windows 10 on something smaller than a tablet, for those who want to be able to harness the power of a full desktop OS in their front pocket.
Given the price point, I could see this being an excellent intro computer as well. Due to the simplicity of the design, tiny size, and the lack of moving parts, this little guy could be a great first computer.
In short, the Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry Mini PC is for anyone who wants a surprisingly powerful pc in a ridiculously tiny case.
Who says bigger is always better?