Tronsmart is among the better known mini PC makers from China. The company has been in the business for long enough to realize the value of community support, which is why Tronsmart devices are a lot more dev-friendly than most of its competitors’.
The Tronsmart Ara BJ19 is the newest mini PC from the company. However, unlike what you’re used to seeing from them, the Ara BJ19 isn’t a ready to play sort of a machine. It is, instead, a barebones PC that you will have to set up (yes, it’ll require additional hardware) before being able to use the device.
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The Ara BJ19 comes without any memory or storage, and that’s the minimum you have to supply to the box to make it usable. Otherwise, it has an Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core Bay Trail processor, and can run Windows and Linux… and perhaps some other distros later depending on dev support.
Also, the Ara BJ19 lacks a fanless design, but that means it should be better with cooling compared to other lightweight PCs. The box has an 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and a 3.5 headset jack. Radio supported are 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.[Via]