It’s been a little while since I’ve been there’s been anything truely unique in the world of mini PCs so the new Vensmile K8 is a welcome addition, if a little bizarre thanks to it’s integrated flexible keyboard and touchpad.
The Vensmile K8 is a Windows 10 PC powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 chip. Inside, it features 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, dual band wireless b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.
It’s also got support for both VGA and HDMI, so you should be able to get some dual monitor action going.
However, the fact the K8 has a built-in keyboard and touchpad is the most unique feature of all. The touchpad houses all the actual components and supports all Windows 10’s gestures. The attached waterproof keyboard looks like the cheap silicone models you can pick up online for under $20. This does allow you to fold up the device into a fairly compact package to carry with you which is nice.
I haven’t personally tested the keyboard on the Vensmile K8 so I’m hoping it’s a significant improvement over the horrible experience I’ve had using flexible keyboards in the past.
Inside the box, you’ll get the Vensmile K8 Windows PC, HDMI cable, power adapter, and a user manual.
Where to Buy the Vensmile K8
The Vensmile K8 is available from the following stores for under $200:
The Onenuts T1 is one of the most unique devices I’ve ever seen. Whilst we’ve seen hybrid PC/tablet devices such as the PiPO X9S, the unfortunately named Onenuts device is something else – fusing together a PC, tablet and projector.
The Onenuts T1 is powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 and runs Windows 10 on its integrated 8-inch 1280×800 pixel IPS touchscreen. An integrated 4,850mAh battery lets you use it on the go.
If you want to use it as a normal PC, you can hook it up to a monitor via HDMI with all the ports you’d expect.
However, for those of you who want a bigger image, the Onenuts T1 also packs in a projector with a 1280×720 pixel resolution. The company claims that you’ll be able to get a 150-inch image out of it but you’ll likely need a dark environment as it’s only rated for 220 lumens of brightness.
The rest of the specifications are pretty typical of other Intel X5-Z8300 devices. The projector features 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, wireless AC, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.0.
Inside the box, you’ll get a the Onenuts T1 tablet, power adapter, and IR remote.
The hardware of the new PiPO X9S seems to be unchanged. In terms of specs, it features 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, b/g/n WiFi, 100Mbps Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0. The panel is a 8.9-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen.
Inside the box, you’ll get the PiPO X9S PC/Tablet hybrid, power adapter and a user manual.
Whilst it doesn’t seem to have a model name, the new mini PC is powered by the Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor. It also features 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, dual band Wireless AC, Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0 – all packed into an aluminium case.
There’s nothing particularly different there. However, where things get interesting is the included 2MP camera built into the front of the unit which should allow for easy video conferencing.
There’s also an LED display which, based on the marketing images, will be used to display the time and other status indicators.
Cooling will be handled via a downward firing fan.
The interesting Windows devices keep coming, with the GOLE GOLE1 the latest in an increasing number of devices with interesting form factors.
The GOLE GOLE1 is a dual OS mini PC (Windows 10/Android 5.1) powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor.
There’s two variants available, one with 2GB of DDR3 and 32GB eMMC storage and another that doubles the RAM and storage to 4GB/64GB.
Interestingly, the marketing material suggests that you can expand the storage by up to 2TB via a magnetic HDD caddy which is an interesting and elegant approach, though I couldn’t find the caddy for sale anywhere.
The screen is a 5-inch 1280×720 pixel capacitive touchscreen that supports 5 points of simultaneous touch.
The rest of the specs are on the high end of Z8300 devices, with dual band wireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 3.0. There’s also an integrated 2600mAh lithium-ion battery that the company claims should be good for 2 hours of use.
Inside the box, you’ll get the GOLE GOLE1 Mini PC, HDMI cable, power adapter and an English manual.
Nexbox have stepped it up, doubling both the RAM and storage of the Nexbox T9 to 4GB and 64GB respectively. This makes the unit considerably more attractive for those who require more RAM for multitasking.
The unit also comes with b/g/n Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 100Mbps Ethernet. Windows 10 is also pre-installed and licenced according to the listing.
Where to buy the Nexbox T9
The Nexbox T9 is available from GeekBuying for $127.99 at the time of writing.
The PIPO X1S is the latest Windows device from the gadget manufacturer. Adopting the compact stick PC form factor, the PIPO X1S is powered by the popular Intel X5-Z8300.
The specs are pretty much the same as most of Cherry Trail PCs. It features 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a micro SD card slot. It also comes with a licenced version of Windows 10 Home.
There’s only a single fullsize USB 3.0 port, with a micro USB port located on the other side so you may need to pick up a USB hub, OTG adapter or get a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
Interestingly, it’s also actively cooled, with a small fan helping dissipate the heat generated by Intel’s SoC. I’m just hoping it’s quieter than the one in MeeGoPad’s previous stick.
Inside the box, you’ll get the PIPO X1S PC, power adapter, USB cable and an English instruction manual.
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.
MeLE Star Cloud PCG60 Plus Technical Specifications
Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
Up to 1.84GHz
Intel HD graphics
Windows 10 Home
32GB eMMC microSD slot (up to 64GB)
HDMI 1.4 VGA
HDMI 1.4 3.5mm
1x USB 2.0 port 2x USB 3.0 port
110 x 110 x 38 mm
What’s In The Box?
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
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).
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.
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.
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
I installed the latest version of Kodi (Kodi 16.1 at the time of writing) to test out media playback.
Video Performance (Kodi 16.1)
1080p 3D SBS H.264
1080p 3D ABL H.264
1080p High Bitrate H.264
4K 30FPS H.264
4K 60FPS H.264
Audio Lags Behind Video
4K 30FPS 8-bit HEVC
1080p 10-bit HEVC
OK (Software Decoding)
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)
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.
5.1 Audio Passthrough
Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough via HDMI worked fine via Kodi 16.1
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
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.
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
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
GeekBench 3 Single Core
GeekBench 3 Multi Core
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
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.
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.