MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: How Good Is MeLE’s Latest Windows PC?

Is MeLE's latest Windows PC a winner?

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The MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus is a new Windows PC powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail SoC and features a VGA port. How good is it? Read my MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus review to find out.

I want to say thanks to MeLE for sending me a sample to review.

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MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPUCPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    32GB eMMC
    microSD slot (up to 64GB)

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Wireless AC
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
    VGA
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4
    3.5mm
  • Other Interfaces
    1x USB 2.0 port
    2x USB 3.0 port

Physical

  • Dimensions
    110 x 110 x 38 mm

What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Mini PC
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 4x Plug Adapters (US/UK/EU/AU)
  • 1x Instruction Manual

MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Design

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The MeLE PCG60 Plus is a stocky device. It’s taller than most Windows mini PCs but this allows it to have a more compact footprint than it’s competitors.

It’s case is metal and uses a stylish grey and black color scheme that blends in with your other electronic equipment.

The unit is also incredibly solid. I’ve never felt a mini PC that’s so heavy. It feels really substantial and won’t move an inch – even when all your cables are plugged into it.

In terms of ports, the right side houses a micro SD card slot (with an blank installed to keep dust out – a nice touch).

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The remainder of the ports are located on the rear of the device. You’ve got a USB 2.0 port, VGA port, power button, 3.5mm headphone jack, Kensington lock port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI output and DC in.

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I really like the MeLE Star Clou PCG60 Plus’ design but I wish it at least had one front facing USB port to make it easy to plug in a HDD. A USB extender would be a handy addition.

MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Using It

The unit boots up by holding down the power button for a second. A cold boot takes around 30 seconds with a keyboard and mouse connected, it takes around 30 seconds to boot. Resuming from standby is pretty much instant.

The MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus ships with the latest version of Windows 10. It’s activated out of the box and is completely stock. The single C:\ drive has 17.3GB out of 28GB free out of the box.

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Performance was identical to other Intel X5-Z8300 devices, with the unit handling Microsoft’s OS well. Mulltitasking performance was great. I was able to open a few browser windows and watch a video without the unit missing a beat.

There’s also the option to use both the VGA and HDMI ports for a dual monitor setup for power users. It’s not a common feature on these mini PCs so it’s great to see and adds legitimacy for using the device as a traditional PC.

MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Media Playback

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I installed the latest version of Kodi (Kodi 16.1 at the time of writing) to test out media playback.

CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 16.1)
1080p 3D SBS H.264 OK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OK
1080p24 H.264OK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OK
1080p60 H.264OK
720p50 H.264OK
1080i25 H.264OK
4K 30FPS H.264OK
4K 60FPS H.264Audio Lags Behind Video
1080p24 HEVCOK
4K 30FPS 8-bit HEVCOK
1080p 10-bit HEVCDecoding Issues
1080p30 VP8OK
720p Hi10pOK
1080p Hi10pOK (Software Decoding)
1080p MPEG2OK
1080p VC1OK
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)OK

Media playback on the MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus was solid as we’ve seen with other Cherry Trail PCs. The most common codecs played back well and even some of the more demanding codecs were able to be decoded via software (i.e. 1080p Hi10p).

Deinterlacing performance was good and automatic framerate switching is supported for correct playback of videos once enabled in Kodi’s settings.

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5.1 Audio Passthrough

Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough via HDMI worked fine via Kodi 16.1

Netflix

Netflix plays back in HD via the native Windows 10 app.

External Storage Support

Playing back movies from my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD and USB flash drive worked perfectly.

MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Gaming Performance

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To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games,1 2D and 1 3D title:

Gaming performance on the MeLE PCG61 was great, handling both Jetpack Joyride and Beach Buggy Racing well, even on maximum settings.

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Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

My Gamesir G3 was able to be hooked up wireless via USB to play Beach Buggy Racing.

Connecting up my Bluetooth keyboard also worked flawlessly.

MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Benchmarks

BenchmarkScore
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited17952
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme12781
3DMark Cloud Gate1535
GeekBench 3 Single Core774
GeekBench 3 Multi Core2150

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MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Thermal Performance

The MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus’s thermal performance was excellent. Despite stress testing it for over 30 minutes using  using HeavyLoad, the unit didn’t throttle according to HWiNFO. This isn’t particularly surprising given MeLE traditionally have excellent heat dissipation in their designs.

MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Review: Power Consumption

OffStandbyIdle1080p24 VideoUnder Load
0W0.2W6.5W8.2W12.7W

Verdict

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The MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus is another excellent Windows 10 PC from MeLE. It looks great, is incredibly well-built and has the performance to match.

Though it’s a little pricier than some of the competition, the MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus really does show you that you get what you pay for.

Getting One

You can get the MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus from MeLE’s official store on AliExpress for around $200. There’s currently a sale on for 25% off, bringing it down to only $150 which is great given the quality of the unit.

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