August 5, 2021

Frans Bleu Jour comes to our country with a mini gaming PC

French computer manufacturer Bleu Jour is coming to our country with its new line of striking mini computers, including a real mini gaming PC. The hardware manufacturer mainly focuses on design and bases its products on Intel’s NUC technology.

A gaming PC in the form of a sturdy briefcase, with a handle. Office computers that fit into a grapefruit-sized cube. And a graphic design PC that is most reminiscent of an Iittala vase. The devices of the French brand Bleu Jour clearly focus on striking designs.

Under the hood, they run on Intel Nuc technology, a range of mini motherboards primarily made for industrial applications. However, Bleujour has been using them for several years to build mini PCs for office work and graphics applications. And now for a mini gaming PC.

With this, the manufacturer is also coming to our country for the first time. The company, headquartered in Toulouse, has been around since 2002 and gets most of its success from the Kubb, a mini-computer block (not to be confused with the garden game) where companies could choose their own design, materials and logos. However, it never came out in Belgium. With the new devices, based on Intel’s new Nuc Elements modules, that is the case.

Lots of hardware, small box

Nuc Element is Intel’s new modular system, consisting of a system-on module to which you can hang various processors, from the sturdier Xeon or Core I9 to an i5, Celeron or Pentium processor.

It’s the kind of technology you can run a solid game on. The Move Ultimate is Bleu Jour’s high-end gaming PC, with a design that’s somewhere between a tool bag and the kind of artifact you might find in a sci-fi temple in one of those games. The device is equipped with a PCIe slot for a selectable graphics card up to 12 inches, and an Intel Xeon, Core i9, i7 or i5 CPU.

From Move © Bleu Jour

The smaller Move is intended as a workstation for the home and is therefore equipped with a PCIe slot for mini graphics cards. The processors that you can install are the same as in the Move Ultimate. You can equip both with up to three M.2 SSDs and up to 64 GB of RAM.

Finally, the Ridg is Bleu Jour’s workstation for designers. The device is quite small, and has either an Intel Core i9 or an Intel Xeon processor on board. For the graphics card you can choose between an nVidia Quadro P2200 or a GeForce RTX 2070.

With so much hardware in a small box, we wonder how everything stays cool, but the demonstration shows that it is not that bad. Bleu Jour prides itself on its fan design, and makes a point that the devices barely make any noise when using standard PNY GeForce graphics cards. “We can’t say for the gaming machine how much noise and heat that will give, because we don’t know which card the user will choose,” said Jean-Cristophe Agobert, CEO of Bleu Jour, at the presentation of his devices in Brussels.

From Ridg pc, Day Blue
By Ridg pc © Day Blue

To the reseller

Bleu Jour was founded in 2002 and until now has mainly focused on the B2B market. The Kubb, with its adaptable design, is mainly used as an office PC by companies that can stick their own logo on the entire computer park. “Today we mainly sell world wine through resellers,” explains Agobert. “In Japan, for example, we sell to Sony, who sell the mini PC itself there. In the US, we distribute through online retailer Newegg, among others. Ingram Micro is also one of our distributors.”

In Belgium, the groundwork has yet to be laid. So it is not yet clear where, and at what price, you will find them. The official launch of the devices is planned for the beginning of September, at the IFA tech fair in Berlin (which has meanwhile been firmly adjusted by corona).

A gaming PC in the form of a sturdy briefcase, with a handle. Office computers that fit into a grapefruit-sized cube. And a graphic design PC that is most reminiscent of an Iittala vase. The devices of the French brand Bleu Jour clearly focus on striking designs. Under the hood, they run on Intel Nuc technology, a range of mini motherboards primarily made for industrial applications. However, Bleujour has been using them for several years to build mini PCs for office work and graphics applications. And now for a mini gaming PC. With this, the manufacturer is also coming to our country for the first time. The company, headquartered in Toulouse, has been around since 2002 and gets most of its success from the Kubb, a mini-computer block (not to be confused with the garden game) where companies could choose their own design, materials and logos. However, it never came out in Belgium. With the new devices, based on Intel’s new Nuc Elements modules, that is the case. Nuc Element is Intel’s new modular system, consisting of a system-on module to which you can hang various processors, from the sturdier Xeon or Core I9 to an i5, Celeron or Pentium processor. It’s the kind of technology you can run a solid game on. The Move Ultimate is Bleu Jour’s high-end gaming PC, with a design that’s somewhere between a tool bag and the kind of artifact you might find in a sci-fi temple in one of those games. The device is equipped with a PCIe slot for a selectable graphics card up to 12 inches, and an Intel Xeon, Core i9, i7 or i5 CPU. The smaller Move is intended as a workstation for the home and is therefore equipped with a PCIe slot for mini graphics cards. The processors that you can install are the same as in the Move Ultimate. You can equip both with up to three M.2 SSDs and up to 64 GB of RAM. Finally, the Ridg is Bleu Jour’s workstation for designers. The device is quite small, and has either an Intel Core i9 or an Intel Xeon processor on board. For the graphics card, you can choose between an nVidia Quadro P2200 or a GeForce RTX 2070. With so much hardware in a small box, we wonder how everything stays cool, but the demonstration turns out to be not that bad. Bleu Jour prides itself on its fan design, and makes a point that the devices barely make any noise when using standard PNY GeForce graphics cards. “We can’t say for the gaming machine how much noise and heat that will give, because we don’t know which card the user will choose,” said Jean-Cristophe Agobert, CEO of Bleu Jour, at the presentation of his devices in Brussels. Bleu Jour was founded in 2002 and until now has mainly focused on the B2B market. The Kubb, with its adaptable design, is mainly used as an office PC by companies that can stick their own logo on the entire computer park. “Today we mainly sell world wine through resellers,” explains Agobert. “In Japan, for example, we sell to Sony, who sell the mini PC there itself. In the US, we distribute via online retailer Newegg, among others. Ingram Micro is also one of our distributors.” In Belgium, the groundwork has yet to be laid. So it is not yet clear where, and at what price, you will find them. The official launch of the devices is planned for early September, at the IFA tech fair in Berlin (which has meanwhile been firmly adjusted by corona).

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