Intel X5-Z8300

Vensmile K8 Windows PC Features Flexible Keyboard and Touchpad

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:

Vensmile K8 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  • RAM
    4GB DDR3
  • Storage
    64GB eMMC
    microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Other Features
    Capacitive Touchpad
    Waterproof Keyboard
  • Power
    5V/3A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Dual Band Wireless b/n/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

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

Physical

  • Dimensions
    385x120x15mm
  • Weight
    277g

MINIX NEO Z83-4 Windows 10 Features 4GB RAM, Mini DisplayPort

The MINIX NEO Z83-4 is the latest Windows PC in the popular company’s stable of devices.

Powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300, MINIX NEO Z83-4 has pretty similar specs to other Windows 10 PCs using the same chipset.

Inside you’ll find 4GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, wireless AC, Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.2 – the latest Bluetooth standard currently available.

4GB is a nice inclusion and should be helpful for those who love to multitask. This also goes for the included mini DisplayPort, allowing you to set up a second monitor for some dual-screen action.

Inside the box, you’ll get a the MINIX NEO Z83-4 Windows PC, wifi antenna, power adapter, HDMI cable and an instruction manual.

Where to Buy the MINIX NEO Z83-4

The MINIX NEO Z83-4 is available from the following stores:

The Onenuts T1 is a Windows 10 Tablet with a 720p Projector

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.

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The Onenuts T1 from every angle

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.

Where to Buy the Onenuts T1

The Onenuts T1 is only available to distributors currently, though you can contact Tomato for more information.

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PiPO X9S PC/Tablet Hybrid gets Dual OS Model

It’s been a while since we’ve seen something from PiPO and now they’ve released a new version of the PiPO X9S which runs both Android 5.1 and Windows 10.

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.

Where to Buy the PiPO X9S

The PiPO X9S can be purchased from GeekBuying for under $180 at the time of writing.

PiPO X9S Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home/Android Lollipop 5.1
  • RAM
    4GB DDR3
  • Storage
    64GB eMMC
    microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Other Features
    8.9 inch 1920x1200 Pixel Touchscreen
  • Power
    DC 5V/3A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Other Interfaces
    4x USB 2.0 port

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
    100Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    147.5x60x217mm
  • Weight
    620g

Cenovo King Kong Windows PC Features Camera and LED Display

It’s been a while since I’ve written about new Windows PCs as companies have been releasing Amlogic S905X and S912 Android boxes almost constantly.

Cenovo has released a new Windows 10 PC that has a few unique features.

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.

There’s no word regarding a genuine Windows 10 licence. However, my previous experience with a different Windows PC from the company has left me somewhat sceptical. I really hope I’m proven wrong.

Inside the box, you’ll get the Cenovo Windows TV box, HDMI cable, power adapter and a user manual.

Where to Buy the Cenovo Windows TV box

You can buy the Cenovo King Kong TV Box from GearBest for around $180 at the time of writing.

Cenovo King Kong TV Box Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel Atom X5-Z8300
  • CPU CPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
  • RAM
    4GB DDR3
  • Storage
    64GB eMMC
    microSD slot
  • Other Features
    2MP Front Camera
    LED Display
    Active Cooling

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Wireless AC
  • Ethernet
    100Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
    3.5mm Audio Out
  • Other Interfaces
    4x USB 3.0 port

Physical

  • Dimensions
    115x70x75mm
  • Weight
    449g

PiPO X10 Tablet PC Windows Hybrid Features Intel Z8300 and 10.8-inch Touchscreen

The PiPO X10 is the latest in PiPO’s interesting tablet/PC hybrid devices.

The company has upgraded the CPU from previous models to the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 and increased the screen size to a massive 10.8 inches.

The rest of the specs have also seen a bump. The PiPO X10 features 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, b/g/n WiFi, 100Mbps Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The unit will ship with both a licenced version of Windows 10 and Android 5.1.

Inside the box, you’ll get the PiPO X10 Mini PC, power adapter and an instruction manual.

Where to Buy the PiPO X10

The PiPO X10 is available for purchase from the following stores:

Use coupon “GBPX10” at GearBest to bring it down to $187.99.

PiPO X10 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home/Android Lollipop 5.1
  • RAM
    4GB DDR3
  • Storage
    64GB eMMC
    microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Other Features
    10000mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Power
    DC 5V/3A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Other Interfaces
    4x USB 2.0 port

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
    100Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    220 x 150 x 62 mm
  • Weight
    690g

GOLE GOLE1 is a Windows Mini PC Featuring a 5 inch 720p Display and Battery

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.

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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.

Where to Buy the GOLE GOLE1

The GOLE GOLE1 is available for purchase from GearBest and Banggood.

Use coupon “GBGF4” at Gearbest to get the 4GB/64GB model for $138.59.

What do you think of the GOLE GOLE1? Will you be getting one? Let me know in the comments below

GOLE GOLE1 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home/Android Lollipop 5.1
  • RAM
    2GB/4GB DDR3
  • Storage
    32GB/64GB eMMC
    microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Other Features
    2600mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
    Magnetic HDD Adapter
  • Power
    DC 5V/3A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Other Interfaces
    1x USB 3.0 port
    2x USB 2.0 port
    1x USB OTG port

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    Dual Band AC Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    135 x 90 x 20 mm
  • Weight
    200g

Nexbox T9 Windows 10 PC Features Intel Z8300, 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage

The Nexbox T9 is the latest Windows PC from the company, taking the guts of the Nexbox T11 that I reviewed a little while ago and upgrading the device with more RAM, more storage and an all-new case.

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.

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Nexbox T9 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel Atom X5-Z8300
  • CPU CPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
  • RAM
    4GB DDR3
  • Storage
    64GB eMMC
    microSD slot
  • Power
    5V/3A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    b/g/n WiFi
  • Ethernet
    100Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
    3.5mm Audio Out
  • Other Interfaces
    3x USB 2.0 port
    1x USB 3.0 port
    1x USB OTG port

Physical

    PIPO X1S Is A Windows Cherry Trail Stick For Under $90

    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.

    Getting One

    The PIPO X1S is available from GeekBuying and GearBest for around $90 at the time of writing.

    Use coupon “GBX1S” at GearBest to get it for $81.99.

    PIPO X1S Technical Specifications

    General

    • Processor
      Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
    • CPU CPU
      Up to 1.84GHz
    • GPU
      Intel HD graphics
    • Operating System
      Windows 10 Home
    • RAM
      2GB DDR3
    • Storage
      32GB eMMC
      microSD slot (up to 64GB)
    • Other Features
      Active Cooling
    • Power
      5V/2A

    Connectivity

    • WiFi
      b/g/n WiFi
    • Bluetooth
      4.0

    Interfaces

    • Video Output
      HDMI 1.4
    • Audio Output
      HDMI 1.4
    • Other Interfaces
      1x USB 3.0 port
      1x USB OTG port

    Physical

    • Dimensions
      114 x 34.5 x 17.8 mm
    • Weight
      40g

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

    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
    • CPU CPU
      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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