Biostar's IDEQ-T1 Mini PC Packs USB Audio, Quad Core CPU

In a saturated market, it can be difficult to make your product stand out. The nettop (tiny PCs meant mostly for basic tasks) market is certainly saturated, and while Biostar's barebone system is neither small as a thumb drive nor powered by fast CPUs, it provides some extra audio features that some might find useful.


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The IN294KT1 model of the IDEQ-T1 contains, instead of the usual onboard codec chip, a C-Media CM108AH controller connected through USB. The chip has a built-in 100dB headphone amp and 110dB SNR, and Biostar provides software with Karaoke-specific modes and voice-changing effects, among other things.

As you might expect, though, the C-Media chip is hardly a high-end product; sampling and bit rates only go up to 48Khz and 16-bit, respectively. There's no ASIO support for DAWs, either, and the “2CH DAC” provides only line-out and mic jacks to plug stuff into.


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Luckily, there's an HDMI port as an alternate, superior audio source on the IDEQ-T1. Other specs include an Intel Bay Trail Celeron N2940 quad-core, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots for up to 16GB of memory, and a 9.5mm-thick 2.5” drive bay. There's also an empty mini-PCIe slot for a wireless card. An mSATA slot for a separate SSD is conspicuously missing.

There's also three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0, a VGA output, a Realtek-powered gigabit LAN jack, an antenna and pigtails for a wireless card, and the AC adapter input.

Note that there exists an IN2940T1 model of the IDEQ-T1, which has identical specs as the IN294KT1, save for subbing the USB C-Media chip for a Realtek audio codec.


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As is customary for these tiny PCs, you can mount the IDEQ-T1 on the back of a monitor using a VESA mounting bracket – unfortunately not included. The whole thing weighs 1.8lbs (0.8kg) and measures 8.3 x 1.6 x 7.3” (21 x 4 x 18.5cm).

Driver support is available for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 in both 32 and 64-bit flavours.


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Biostar has yet to get its pair of IDEQ-T1 models to stores, and there's no word on pricing. I'd expect somewhere under $250 USD for each, with a negligible cost difference between the two models. Remember that, these being barebones, you'll need to add in the cost of RAM, storage and operating system bought separately.