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WinBook Jiv Mini

WinBook Jiv Mini
alaScore 78

4 reviews

May, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 reviews of WinBook Jiv Mini. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size.


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the WinBook Jiv Mini is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (

WinBook Jiv Mini


When we first received WinBook's Viiv-ready Jiv (both words rhyme with five—go figure), we realized that we didn't really know exactly what it meant to be a “Viiv” PC. And remember, we pride ourselves on knowing the difference between an AMB and AMT.

Almost silent and unobtrusive, the Jiv should fit anywhere

Low-capacity hard drive and pathetic graphics power make this a TV-only device

That leaves the Jiv in a tough spot. We like the concept and compact size of this machine but the poor graphics and small hard drive make it a tough pill to swallow.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

WinBook Jiv Mini


The surprisingly small and elegant WinBook JiV Mini is a Microsoft Windows Media Center system geared to fit into your existing entertainment center. The system did a reasonable job at recording and playing back digital content, but it lacks the...

Easy to record TV ; Super-compact chassis

Small hard drive ; No way to expand the system internally

Super-compact Media Center fits well in tight spaces and works well with digital media. But it can't be expanded.

Aug, 2006

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by (

WinBook Jiv Mini


The wonderfully designed WinBook Jiv Mini ($1,200 direct, without monitor) Media Center PC is the perfect home-theater PC—not just because of its small size, but because it's powerful and has all the ports you need. If you've got a hankering for a...

Compact, attractive, quiet. Media Center with integrated IR sensor. Integrated wireless networking (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.0). Intel Viiv and Intel Vista compatible

Not enough hard drive space. Microsoft wireless keyboard's pointing stick is awkward

The WinBook Jiv Mini wins Editors' Choice as the best mini PC Media Center. It can easily hook up to most TVs, perform DVR duties, play back your music, and act as a digital photo album.

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (

WinBook Jiv Mini Review and Ratings


A tiny, full-featured Media Center PC

Incredibly small, considering feature set ; Built-in TV tuner, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Fixed configuration ; Short on software

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

Maximize your workspace with the new WinBook Jiv Mini - your all in one computer solution at less than 3lbs! With the newest Intel Core Duo Processor, Intel Viiv Technology, and Windows Media Center Edition, it handles all of your computing needs from Office applications to multimedia! Burn and play DVDs, CDs, download TV shows, games and photos, or utilize the built in Bluetooth technology; the WinBook Jiv Mini does it all.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop slimline

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop slimline

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Manufacturer:Micro Electronics
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:WinBook Jiv Mini


Chipset Type:Mobile Intel 945GM Express
Data Bus Speed:667MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Rewrite Speed:10x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005


Clock Speed:1.66GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T2300
Type:Core Duo


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:100GB
Platform Technology:Intel VIIV Technology
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Media center

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950