Mini PCs

NVISEN Y-M01-8 Core i5 8250U Mini PC Review

I took a look at another barebones Mini PC called the NVISEN Y-M01-8 or B3, B15 on Aliexpress but it’s really the same exact PC. And no, it’s not a weak Gemini Lake or three generations-old CPU but an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 8250U. So quad-core with 8 threads. They have 6M Cache and turbo up to 3.40 GHz. These chips are now becoming more comment with Chinese brands and this is one of the...[Read More]

Core i9 8950HK Mini PC Review – A Beast Of A PC Smaller Than A PSU

If you caught my review of the Coffee Lake Core i7 8750H Aliexpress mini PC, this is very similar. Exactly the same design, cooler, PSU and build all except for the CPU. This has the quick Core i9-8950HK and being a K series CPU just like the desktops it’s unlocked and overclockable. Like the 8750H it has the 6 cores, even if it’s badged as a Core i9 it’s not a true Core i9 but s...[Read More]

Powerful $400 Six Core Intel Core i7 8750H Mini PC Review

This is what the site is about finding those value for money items that are a great value, a good bang for your buck. After the Core i5 8250U mini pc I reviewed that had power current and limit throttling I was worried about forking out $400+ USD for an even more powerful Intel Core i7 8750H mini PC, but this one is a true gem and in many aspects surprised me mostly its great fan noise (complete l...[Read More]

Intel NUC Home 8 miniPCs Launched with 14nm Intel i3-8121U

Intel’s NUCs currently come in two forms: kits, that is, without memory, storage and usually with high CPU performance, such as Bean Canyon announced yesterday, meanwhile miniPCs come with pre-installed with memory, storage, Win10 and are ready to use. Today, August 16th, Intel officially launched the Crimson Canyon powered NUC 8 Home miniPC in the same compact size of 117x112x52mm we had in...[Read More]

New Beelink Gemini Lake Mini PC’s X55 And X45

Chinese tech manufacturer Beelink has 3 new Gemini Lake mini PC models that look interesting, like the Intel NUC’s I’ve reviewed these have dual HDMI 2.0A outputs, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, MicroSD slots, Gigabit LAN, Intel  Wireless AC and SATA 3 slots inside for upgrades. The RAM is soldered on so fixed and cannot be upgraded. The 3 new Gemini Lake Mini PC models: Beelink X55 Ultimate with ...[Read More]

Chuwi GBox Review – Great Mini PC But Needs More RAM

The GBox is Chuwi’s latest budget Windows 10 mini PC. This is powered by the latest Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 SoC, it has 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage. But on the back, there is a 2.5″ SATA3 bay and hidden inside even an M.2 2242 and 2280 slot for an SSD. This isn’t even advertised by Chuwi maybe as they don’t want us opening it up? But I’ve covered this in the...[Read More]

Alfawise T1 (Beelink S2) Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC Review

A solid Mini PC from Beelink it’s really the Beelink S2 this mini PC. But rebranded as the AlfawiseT1, an overall great little mini PC with good thermals it will not go past 85 degrees c. Plenty of storage options (M.2 SSD or 2.5″) Fast eMMC 5.1 spec but only 4GB of RAM. This is it’s only really a weakness. The performance jump of around 25% more single core speeds and about 19% ...[Read More]

New Gemini Lake Tech Coming – Tablets, Laptops & Mini PC’s

Alldocube has updated their Knote, now called the KNote 5 it ships with the Gemini Lake Celeron N4100. The sad thing is they haven’t done anything else to it. I checked out this model back last year with the N3450 and it only has a Type-C port, no USB type-A. While you get the faster chipset that is really it, RAM has also dropped to 4GB, but it’s DDR4 2400Mhz vs the last gen’s D...[Read More]

Alfawise T1 Gemini Lake Mini PC Launched

The Alfawise T1, a Gemini Lake N4100 mini PC has finally launched, this uses the successor to the Intel Apollo Lake N3450 SoC, the Celeron N4100 which has 2 MB more cache (4MB total), supports HDMI 2.0 and a 200Mhz faster max clock speed. I’ve tested the new Pentium Silver J5005 in Intel’s new NUC, so expect mostly improvements to GPU performance thanks to the move from DDR3 1600Mhz to...[Read More]

Hands-On with the Hystou Core i5 8350U Mini PC

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 IR...[Read More]

Coming Soon – More Tablets, Mini PC’s & Gemini Lake

There’s plenty coming on the site and YouTube, if you missed it I checked out the new Intel Gemini Lake J4005 Mini PC  a 10W dual core with 2.7Ghz max turbo, HDMI 2.0 output x 2, DDR4 2400Mhz support and a 2.5″ HDD/SSD bay. My first hands-on with the Gemini Lake shows a nice step up in power around 30% more according to the Geekbench 4 score compared to the J3455 Apollo Lake. Most of t...[Read More]

BeeLink AP42 Windows 10 PC (Pentium N4200)

Back in December, I reviewed the first Pentium N4200 Windows 10 Mini PC, the Voyo V1 which has this same Apollo Lake N4200 in it, A 2.5Ghz max turbo quad-core with Intel 505 GPU. It performed well, now BeeLink has the AP42 an oddly named Windows 10 mini PC, but it has no fan in it, the Voyo V1 is actively cooled. This one is passively cooled so only a big heatsink in there so should be great for t...[Read More]

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