This one caught my eye back when the Anniversary Aliexpress sale was on, I order one for $328 with DHL shipping. The spec on paper is great, Core i5 8350U (I was expecting the 8250U), NVMe SSD support, two RAM slots DDR4 up to 2400Mhz. And of course, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit LAN, DisplayPort out and even a type-C port. And the form factor is tiny, even smaller than the Intel Gemini Lake NUC’s I’ve reviewed. The seller took 3-4 weeks to send it out as I wanted the taller version with a 2.5″ drive bay, after been lied to with fake tracking numbers DHL customs hold up lies, the seller finally admitted they didn’t have it in stock yet. I should have canceled due to their lies. Instead told them to ship the short version to me as it looked too interesting to pass up! Below is my unboxing hands-on preview of this mini PC.
Great speed at short bursts, video editing and demanding tasks it runs into current limiting, something I’ve not seen before. So the max turbos on 4 cores will throttle to 2.6Ghz, the seller never mentioned anything about this of course. Maybe to hold off thermals or save the motherboard either way not too happy about it. But still, for the size, this is one fast little PC!
The seller is here if you’re interested. But just be aware they could be super slow to ship it and might just give you a fake tracking number at first to stop the order from auto-canceling.