I want to replace the Pipo though. It just isn’t up to the job with only 2 GB of RAM and the fan I had to add is noisy. HD video is also sometimes choppy and blocky.
I think the cpu just can’t process it fast enough, even though it is quad-core.
Budget is a big problem for me. I just can’t afford the computer I would like to have, such as a NUC. I see a number of Chinese i5 mini-PCs on Aliexpress for around $400 or so with RAM and SSD. I could just manage that but naturally I wonder about the quality of these boxes. I also have no idea how any of the i5 processors would actually compare in practice to the Pipo’s Atom Baytrail, though I would hope for and expect a major improvement.
Can anyone help me with this? I can’t really afford to experiment so I need some certainty that one of these computers would actually be a step up. Here is a link to one I am considering, with 4 GB of RAM and the i5 5250U processor bundle: