5 Cutest Steam Machines (With Specs)

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Valve showed off several versions of their Steam Machine tonight -- including some sexy ones like the Alienware Steam Machine. But there are several that are, frankly, adorable. These are the Top Five Cutest Steam Machines. 

1. Maingear Spark

Maingear's Steam Machine is quickly gaining credit as the cutest of the pack. At 4.5 x 4.23 x 2.34, this little beauty is slightly larger than a sandwich and honestly what I was expecting from the Steam Box.

But it's what's under the hood that counts, and Maingear has some technical specs to balance out the cute factor: 

  • Hard Drive: 1 x mSATA slot support SSD up to 256GB, 1 x 2.5'' HDD trap support SATA III 6Gb
  • USB Ports: 4x USB 3.0
  • Processor: AMD A8-5575M, 4 threads, 2.1-3.1 GHz
  • Video Card: AMD Radeon R9 M275X
  • Memory: 2 x SO-DIMM DDR3L, 1600/1333 MHz, Max 16GB
  • Dimensions: (w)4.5'' x (H)2.34'' x (D)4.23''
  • Weight: .89 LBs
  • Price: TBA

So not as powerful as some of it's competitors, but if you're looking for an OUYA level console (small and easy to take to a friends house, etc) with your Steam library on it, it's definitely a front runner. 

2. Gigabyte Brix Pro 

Another addition for the micro-PC crowd, the Gigabyte Brix Pro is a cute little thing. There's no specs on its physical size, and Gigabyte has referred to it as an "ultra-concept." 

Gigabyte has already been in the business of producing ultra compact PCs for awhile, so they know how to pack a bunch into a tiny little bundle.

  •  Processor: Intel Core 17-4770R
  • Memory: 2 x 4GB
  • Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200
  • Harddrive: 1TB SATA 6Gb/s

3. Materiel.net 

While chunkier than its counterparts, this sleek box manages to pack in a significantly higher amount of power. And it's French, so definitely up there on the cute factor.

So, cute but with a kick. This is also on the pricier end of things. This French-made Steam Machine is estimated to cost $1100. 

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4440
  • Memory:  8GB
  • Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
  • Hard Drive: 8GB + 1TB SSHD
  • Price: $1,098

4: Scan - NC10 

One of the sleekest, thinnest Steam Machines announced is the Scan NC10. More reminiscent of a HDD than a gaming console, this is probably one of the better options for hiding this console among the rest of your home entertainment set up. 

  • Processor: Intel Core 13 4000M
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Video Card:  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
  • Hard Drive: 500GB
  • Price: $1,090

5. Zotac 

Designed to be super small, this summer release Steam Machine is aiming to be competitive with other current gen consoles both in terms of price and specs. 

Also, in some pictures it looks like it has tiny bunny ears and is intended to "piggyback" on the back of your display. 

  • Processor: Intel Core (TBD)
  • Memory: TBD
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX (TBD)
  • Hard Drive: TBD
  • Price: $599

What do you think of these Steam Machines? Are any sticking out to you? 

Published Jan. 6th 2014

Former Staff Editor

Former rugby player, social media person, and occasional writer.

  • Richard Whelchel
    Correspondent
    Step 1: Buy the Megabyte Brix
    Step 2: Mod it into a Game Cube case.
    Step 3: Profit!!!?
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Contributor
    This.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    I have heard people request that it be referred to as a Gabe Cube.

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