Intel Z3735F

$69 I5 Windows PC Features Intel Z3735F and VGA Port

The $69 I5 Mini PC (not named after the Intel Core-i5 processor family) is a new Windows PC powered by the quadcore Intel Z3735F.

Whilst the rest of the mini PC world has moved on to the now-ubiquitous Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, the I5’s ultra-low pricetag and VGA support may be enough to sway those looking for a cheap Windows box.

The rest of the specs are typical, with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, 2.4GHz wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. It runs 64-bit Windows 8 out of the box but should be able to be upgraded to Windows 10 before the upgrade cutoff.

There’s also a VGA port in addition to HDMI to easily allow you to hook it up to a PC monitor. No word if you can use both VGA and HDMI simultaneously for a dual monitor setup though.

Inside the box, you’ll get the I5 Mini PC, wifi antenna and a power adapter.

Where to Buy the I5 Mini PC?

The I5 Mini PC is available from GearBest for around $69 at the time of writing.

Use coupon “GBI5” to get it for just $65.99.

I5 Mini PC Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel Baytrail Z3735F
  • CPU CPU
    Intel Baytrail quad core processor
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    32GB eMMC
    microSD slot
  • Power
    DC 5V/2A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
    10/100
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

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

Physical

  • Dimensions
    130 x 75 x 20mm
  • Weight
    348g

MeLE PCG02 Is A Windows 10 Stick PC With Ethernet

MeLE have released a followup to their MeLE PCG01 Windows Stick that I reviewed a few months ago. Called the MeLE PCG02, the new device seems to stay true to its predecessor whilst adding a handy Ethernet port.

It’s design looks almost identical to it’s predecessor, with the same elegant black case covered in grooves. However, there’s now a noticeable bulge to accommodate the Ethernet port.

The rest of the specs are pretty familiar to those who read my site: 32GB storage, 2GB DDR3 RAM, b/g/n Wifi and 10/100 Ethernet. Windows 10 also comes pre-installed.

MeLE-PCG02-N02

I also love that MeLE have included a worldwide power adapter with the plugs for every country inside the box.

Speaking of what’s inside the box, you’ll get the MeLE PCG02 unit, power adapter, worldwide plugs (UK, US Plug, EU and AU), HDMI extension cable and an English manual.

MeLE is one of the best Chinese mini PC manufacturers so I’m expecting the product to be well-made based on my experiences with their other devices.

Getting One

The MeLE PCG02 is available from GearBest, BanggoodAliExpress and eBay or around $120 at the time of writing.

Use coupon “PCG02” at GearBest to get it for $110.99

MeLE PCG02 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel Z3735F
  • 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
    External Wifi Antenna
  • Power
    DC 5V/2A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
    10/100Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

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

Physical

  • Dimensions
    115 x 49 x 16.5 mm
  • Weight
    220g

VOYO V2 Review: Can An SSD Make a Difference?

The VOYO V2 Mini PC is the latest Windows mini PC from PC manufacturer VOYO. Using the same Intel Z3735F used in its predecessor, it adds a 64GB SSD and stylish case featuring metal and glass. Is it any good? Find out in my VOYO V2 review.

I want to say thanks to GearBest for providing me a sample to review.

Check Price at GearBest

VOYO V2 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC, optional 64GB SDD
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB: 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Other Features: 5000mAh battery (8000mAh for model without SSD)
  • Dimensions: 131 x 83 x 16mm
  • Weight: 230

What’s Inside the Box?

VOYO-V2-Inside-The-Box

Inside the box, VOYO have given the basics to get started:

  • 1x VOYO V2 Mini PC
  • 1x Power Supply
  • 1x Instruction Manual
  • 1x Warranty Card

I was happy to see a HDMI cable included, as some manufacturers exclude them which is a pain.

VOYO V2 Review: Design

If you’ve experienced the original VOYO Mini PC, you’d now that it’s plastic case looked a little cheap. The VOYO V2 improves this dramatically, using a gold metal case with a white glass top. It looks fantastic and blends in well with current design trends. It’s nice to see companies being unique in their design and it pays off here.

VOYO-V2-06

I’m not a fan of gold on electronics (as I may have said several hundreds of times in various reviews) but the VOYO V2 is closer to champagne than your typically gold. I’m still not in love with it but it could have been much worse.

Build quality seems really good, with the whole unit having a really nice feel to it. The visible screws do detract from the aesthetic but don’t impact the functionality at all. However, the underside of the device is completely smooth which proved to be a pain, with the device sliding around when I played with the cables. I added my own rubber feet and I’d suggest you do the same.

The front is minimalist, featuring a single power button with a green power LED.

VOYO-V2-Front

The left side features a micro USB OTG port, PC in, Ethernet, HDMI out and 3.5mm audio output.

VOYO-V2-03

Lastly, a single USB 2.0 port is located around the back.

VOYO-V2-Back

VOYO V2 Review: Using It

Booting the VOYO V2 is done by holding down the power button for a few seconds. Windows boot up wasn’t the fastest I’ve seen to date but was still a reasonably respectable 30 seconds to reach the Windows desktop.

VOYO-V2-Windows-10

Windows 10 is activated and it’s stock so no additional apps are included. Out of the box, there was 22.4/28.6 GB free on the C: drive and the SSD appeared as a 58.2GB D: drive. I did experience an odd issue where the D: drive disappeared once but a reboot seemed to fix it.

Windows 10 performance was solid, without any noticeable lag when navigating the OS or doing some light multitasking.

There’s also an internal battery in there that allows you to use the VOYO V2 without power. However, I noticed that it seemed to stop charging at 77%. Pulling out the power caused the unit to power off so it seems like you can only use it plugged in or via batter but the battery can’t be used as a type of in-build UPS which is a shame.

VOYO V2 Review: Media Playback

VOYO-V2-Kodi

Media playback was tested under Windows 10 using Kodi 15.2.

Video CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 15.2)
1080p 3D SBS H.264OK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OK
1080p30 H.264OK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OK
1080p60 H.264OK
720p50 H.264OK
1080i25 H.264OK
4K 30FPS H.264OK
4K 60FPS H.264Unwatchable (Video lags behind Audio)
1080p24 HEVCUnwatchable (Video lags behind Audio)
1080p VP8OK
720p Hi10pUnwatchable
1080p Hi10pUnwatchable
1080p MPEG2OK
720P RMVBOK
1080p VC1OK
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)OK

Media playback was essentially on par with other Intel Z3735F PCs, handling H.264 content up to 4K 30fps well. Interestingly, software decoding of my 10-bit samples was useless and HEVC was unwatchable. However, that’s expected given the lack of hardware decoding support for this codec.

Automatic framerate switching worked as expected and 23.976fps content played back well without any noticeable stutter.

Deinterlacing performance was identical to other Intel Z3735F devices, which is to say good.

VOYO V2 Review: External Storage

I didn’t have any issues watching videos from my NTFS-formatted USB thumbdrive and 2.5″ USB HDD.

VOYO-V2-05

VOYO V2 Review: Gaming

To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games from the Windows store – 1 2D and 1 3D title:

Both games were tested at 1080p.

VOYO-V2-BBR

Gaming performance was essentially identical to other Intel Z3735F devices. With lighter games such as the 2D Jetpack Joyride, the VOYO V2 handled it brilliantly. The more demanding Beach Buggy Racing saw framerates hover just under 30fps on maximum settings. Scaling back the graphical settings led to a much more pleasurable experience.

VOYO V2 Review: Networking

VOYO-V2-Left

Wireless performance was ok but not the best i’ve seen. Streaming 1080p H.264 video from my NFS share was fine, but stepping the resolution up to 4K saw the occasional bit of buffering in Kodi.

My router is approximately 5m away, with a single wall between the router and the device. WiFi performance is heavily impacted by a number of factors so your performance may vary.

VOYO V2 Review: Benchmarks

3DMark

Ice Storm Unlimited14716
Ice Storm Extreme8621
Cloud Gate1061

PCMark

Home Conventional 1078
Work Conventional 1388

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.4

Benchmarking of the internal flash was not the fastest but were reasonable, with read and write speeds of 82 and 34 MB/s respectively.

VOYO-V2-Internal-Storage

I was hoping that the SSD would be super fast but unfortunately, that’s not the case.

VOYO-V2-SSD

Read and write speeds were significantly slower so I’d suggest you install all your apps to the eMMC drive and use the SSD for storage of multimedia content.

VOYO V2 Review: Thermal Performance

Thermal performance was tested using HeavyLoad, a freeware application that simultaneously stresses the CPU and GPU.

After loading up the device for 30 minutes, HWiNFO reported the SoC temperature was 66°C without any throttling. Ambient temperature was 21.1°C.

This is a significant improvement over the original VOYO Mini PC which essentially overheated when you looked at it. That said, the unit does get pretty warm to the touch so the case it clearly doing its job to keep the device cool.

VOYO V2 Review: Power Consumption

OffStandbyIdle1080p30 Video in KodiUnder Load
 0.2W 3.5W4.2W 10W 12W

Should You Get One?

VOYO-V2-02

The VOYO V2 is an improvement over its predecessor in almost every way. It looks and performs better. Windows and multimedia playback is great and I loved the extra storage (despite its mediocre speeds). However, the odd battery behavior and warmth of the unit under load are rough edges that did detract from the overall package.

If you’re in need of extra storage and want a Windows 10 PC, the VOYO V2 is a reasonable option. However, there are better yet pricier options available if you can stretch your budget.

Getting One

The VOYO V2 is available from GearBest.

Check Price at GearBest

Alternatively, it’s available from GeekBuying, Banggood and Amazon.

VOYO V2 Impressions

VOYO are back with the VOYO V2 Mini PC. Packing the same SoC as its predecessor but adding in an 64GB SSD and a metal and glass case. We go hands on in our VOYO V2 impressions.

I want to say thanks to GearBest for providing me a sample to review.

Check Price at GearBest

VOYO V2 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC, optional 64GB SDD
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB: 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Other Features: 5000mAh battery (8000mAh for model without SSD)
  • Dimensions: 131 x 83 x 16mm
  • Weight: 230

What’s Inside the Box?

VOYO-V2-Inside-The-Box

Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x VOYO V2 Mini PC
  • 1x Power Supply
  • 1x Instruction Manual
  • 1x Warranty Card

VOYO V2 Impressions

VOYO have improved the design of the case significantly over the orginal VOYO Mini PC. Gone is the cheap plastic shell, replaced with gold metal shell and glass top plate that looks great. I’m not a big fan of gold devices but thankfully it’s far more subdued than I feared.

The whole unit feels solid and well-made – a step up from the cheap feeling VOYO V1. However, I really which VOYO included some rubber feet underneath to stop the thing sliding around – I ended up adding my own rubber feet to keep it planted.

In terms of ports and buttons, the front is minimalist, sporting only a power button.

VOYO-V2-Front

The left side houses a micro USB OTG port, PC in, Ethernet, HDMI out and 3.5mm audio output.

VOYO-V2-03

Finally, a single USB 2.0 port is located around the back.

VOYO-V2-Back

After holding down the power button for a few seconds to boot the unit up, it took around 30 seconds to reach the Windows desktop.

Windows 10 was activated and there’s no customisation here. Just the Windows 10 you know and love. Out of the box, there was 22.4/28.6 GB free and the SSD appeared as a 58.2GB D: drive.

VOYO-V2-Windows-10

The Intel Z3735F in the VOYO V2 handles Windows well. I didn’t notice any issues or stuttering navigating through Microsoft’s OS.

To do a couple of quick tests, I installed Kodi 15.2 for video playback and Beach Buggy Racing for gaming.

Video playback of H.264 content up to 30FPS worked well. HEVC didn’t play but this is because the chip doesn’t support HEVC hardware decoding so its not surprising at all.

In terms of wifi performance, I had some issues streaming so I’ll have to play with networking a bit more.

VOYO-V2-Kodi

Gaming performance was decent – on par with other Z3735F devices. Whilst Beach Buggy Racing was playable at 1080p on maximum settings, toning down the graphics made the experience far more pleasant.

The device was fairly warm after testing but that could be due to the battery charging plus the load on the device. I’ll be doing a full thermal test in my full review but at this stage, I didn’t see any throttling which is a definite improvement over its predecessor.

Verdict So Far

The VOYO V2 certainly improves upon the VOYO V2 in terms of build quality and the extra storage offered by the 64GB SSD is hard to ignore. Performance feels about on par with other Z3735F devices too which has always been respectable. It’s just a matter of seeing how well the VOYO V2 copes with heat.

Getting One

The VOYO V2 is available from GearBest. It’s currently on sale for under $110 as part of their 11.11 sale which is a pretty good deal given the amount of storage onboard.

Check Price at GearBest

Alternatively, it’s available from GeekBuying, Banggood and Amazon.

MeLE PCG02 is a Windows Stick Featuring an Ethernet Port

The MeLE PCG02 is a Windows stick powered by the Intel Z3735F chipset, runs Windows 10 Home and, most uniquely, it’s the first Windows stick to feature an Ethernet port.

The MeLE PCG02 follows closely in the footsteps of it’s predecessor, the excellent MeLE PCG01 in terms of specs. It features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, b/g/n Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0. However, it takes the foundation of the previous model and upgrades it with Windows 10 Home and a 10/100 Ethernet port. That’s a huge plus for anyone who has poor WiFi reception.

MeLE-PCG02-01

 

According to the spec sheet I’ve seen, inside the box, you’ll get the MeLE PCG02 unit, a power adapter, female-to-female HDMI adapter (so you can use your own HDMI cables), a USB hub and a quick start guide.

MeLE produce excellent hardware so I have complete faith the MeLE PCG02 will be another solid effort. In my MeLE PCG01 review, I found it impressively well made and designed.

Getting One

The first batch of the MeLE PCG02 will ship around the end of November for around $119 with free shipping.

Keep posted on the MeLE AliExpress store for availability.

MeLE PCG02 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB: 1x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Power Supply: 5V/2A

Vensmile i10 Mini PC Features Camera and Windows 10

The Vensmile i10 is a new mini PC that’s powered by the popular Intel Z3735F and features Windows 10. Inside its distinct cylindrical design, the Vensmile i10 packs in some pretty unique features.

Interestingly, it’s the first mini PC that packs in an integrated 2MP camera. The camera should be capable of capturing 1080p images making it suitable for video calls via services like Skype. I’m curious as to sensitive the sensor is however.

It’s also actively cooled, featuring a small fan positioned over an aluminium heat sink to remove heat. It seems that Vensmile have put in some real effort to keep things cool.

The remainder of the specifications are similar to what we’ve seen on other mini PCs: 2GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, dual band b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Vensmile i10 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC + microSD slot up to 64GB
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB: 4x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Dimensions: 131 x 86 x 86 mm

Getting One

The Vensmile i10 is available from GearBest and Amazon from $117.

 

MeLE PCG01 Review: An Impressive Windows Stick PC

The MeLE PCG01 is MeLE’s first Windows stick. After the well-recieved PCG03, MeLE have opted for a stick form factor for their latest Windows PC. Powered by the Intel Z3735F and running Windows 8.1 with Bing, the MeLE PCG01 features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage.

Thanks to MeLE for providing me a sample to review.

Check Price at AliExpress

MeLE PCG01 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC + microSD slot
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB: 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x Micro USB OTG port
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit)
  • Dimensions: 110x49x11.5mm
  • Power Supply: 5V/2A

What’s in the Box?

MeLE-PCG01-Box

MeLE have provided the basics to get connected inside the box:

  • 1x MeLE PCG01 unit
  • 1x Power Adapter (with 4 separate country plugs)
  • 1x English Instruction Manual

MeLE-PCG01-Inside-The-Box

I’ve also seen a female-female HDMI adapter included in some boxes so you can use a standard HDMI cable to connect the device up but there wasn’t one inside my package.

I was really happy to see MeLE pack in 4 different plugs for various countries. As an Australian, I typically have to deal with travel adapters to plug in my mini PCs so having a native Australian plug is amazing. Furthermore, having all 4 plugs means its super easy to take travelling with you.

MeLE PCG01 Design

The MeLE PCG01 adopts a stick form factor, making it incredibly portable. At 110x49x11.5mm, it’s roughly the size of the Intel Compute Stick and compact enough to chuck into your pocket to take with you.

The all-black case has a really cool ripple effect on both the top and bottom panels that looks great. It also serves to help keep the unit cool by increasing the face’s surface area and allowing the whole unit to be entirely passively cooled.

MeLE-PCG01-Top-02

 

The MeLE PCG01 also feels really solid. There’s a nice heft to the device that makes it feels like something well-made rather than cheap and plasticky.

The ports are located along the two long sides of the unit. On once side, we have the micro USB OTG port, micro SD card slot and an external WiFi antenna.

MeLE-PCG01-Left

The other side has a fullsize USB port, DC power in and a power button.

MeLE-PCG01-Right

Lastly, the front of the device houses a male HDMI plug so you can plug the unit directly into the TV.

MeLE-PCG01-Front

I would have loved to see an extra fullsize USB port make it instead of a USB OTG port, as by the time you add a keyboard/mouse dongle, USB OTG cable and a flash drive, the whole unit looks more like an octopus than a PC. While functional, it’s a little awkward.

Using It

The MeLE PCG01 is booted by a brief press of the power button. A cold boot takes just 15 seconds and resuming from standby is essentially instant.

The unit runs the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 with Bing. After the standard Windows setup process, including being prompted to install Windows 10 (which I left for another day), I ended up with an activated Windows 8 install.

Those of you who are familiar with Windows won’t find any surprises here.

MeLE-PCG01-Windows-Start

Out of the box, the unit had 18.5/23Gb free on the C:\ drive. The unit’s 32Gb of Internal storage was partitioned into 3 partitions: 100mb, 23.04GB for the user and a 5.86GB Recovery partition.

As we’ve seen time and time again, the Intel Z3735F is a powerful SoC and I can say that the MeLE PCG01 handles Windows 8.1 like a dream. Animations were smooth, applications loaded quickly and multitasking such as watching a video whilst browsing the web were fine.

MeLE-PCG01-Windows-Desktop

MeLE PCG01 Media Playback

Video playback was tested using Kodi 15.0 due to its excellent codec support and HTPC frontend.

Video CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 15.0)
1080p 3D SBS H.264OK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OK
1080p30 H.264OK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OK
1080p60 H.264OK
720p50 H.264OK
1080i50 H.264OK
4K 30Hz H.264OK
4K 60Hz H.264Unwatchable (Skipped Frames)
1080p30 HEVCUnwatchable (Skipped Frames)
1080p VP8OK
720p Hi10pOK
1080p Hi10pUnwatchable (Skipped Frames)
1080p MPEG2OK
720P RMVBOK
1080p VC1OK

I was able to play the Sintel Bluray ISO in Kodi without any issues so those of you wanting to play unencrypted Blurays should be covered.

Automatic frame rate switching worked well in Kodi, automatically changing my panel’s refresh rate to match the video.

MeLE-PCG01-Kodi

Overall, the MeLE PCG01 did an excellent job playing back my media samples. The most common codecs were handled well, with only some more complex and demanding codecs such as Hi10p H.264 and HEVC tripping up the unit due to its lack of hardware decoding support for these formats.

External Storage Support

I was able to plug in my USB drive and 2.5″ HDD and play videos without any issues.

MeLE PCG01 Gaming Performance

To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games from the Windows store – 1 2D and 2 3D titles:

Gaming performance on the PCG01 was pretty good overall. The 2D Jetpack Joyride played like a dream with a rock-solid framerate. Similarly, Beach Buggy Racing on max settings was an equally solid performer.  Jumping to something more demanding, Asphalt 8 was very playable, despite the framerate often sitting slightly below 30FPS.

MeLE-PCG01-Asphalt-8

Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

I connected my iPazzPort Bluetooth Keyboard over Bluetooth without any issue. My Tronsmart Mars G01 was recognized as a Xbox 360 controller and I was able to use it in both Beach Buggy Racing and Asphalt 8.

MeLE PCG01 Networking Performance

To test out WiFi performance, I used iperf (iperf –t 60 -c SERVER_IP -r) to test networking bandwidth in both directions. My router is approximately 5m away, with a single wall between the router and the device. WiFi performance is heavily impacted by a number of factors so your performance may vary.

iPerf returned upload and download speeds of 7.86Mbps and 23.1 Mbps respectively. In terms of real world usage, WiFi performance was solid.  I didn’t experience any issues when streaming 1080p and 4K samples from an NFS share on my server. Similarly, playing a 1080p YouTube was also no issue.

MeLE PCG01 Benchmarks

3DMark

Ice Storm Unlimited14682
Ice Storm Extreme7549
Cloud Gate1061

PCMark8

Home Conventional1113
Work Conventional1449

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.4

MeLE-PCG01-CrystalDiskMark

MeLE PCG01 Temperatures

The MeLE PCG01’s thermal performance was excellent. It’s clear that MeLE have focused on designing a unit that remains cool under load.

To test thermal performance, I loaded up the unit with HeavyLoad, a freeware application that simultaneously stresses the CPU and GPU.

After 30 minutes, the MeLE PCG01’s SoC temperature topped out at 75°C according to HWiNFO. Ambient temperature was 20°C. This leaves plenty of thermal headroom until throttling would kick in, something I didn’t experience during testing.

Whilst not the coolest PC I’ve tested (that honor goes to Beelink Pocket P1), it’s an impressive effort given the unit’s small form factor.

MeLE PCG01 Power Consumption

As we’ve seen with other Bay Trail PCs, power consumption is excellent. Even with the CPU and GPU maxed out during my stress tests, the system only drew 7.9W.

OffStandbyIdle1080p30 Video in KodiUnder Load
0W2.5W2.7W 5.2W7.9W

Should I Get One?

MeLE-PCG01-Top

The MeLE PCG01 is an excellent mini PC, cramming top quality components into a compact shell. It handled media playback and casual gaming well, and even during stress testing, the unit remained under the SoC’s thermal limits. I do wish it had another fullsize USB port however, as having only one makes the unit a little awkward once everything’s plugged in.

Overall, if you’re wanting a uber-compact Windows PC or HTPC that you can take anywhere, the MeLE PCG01 is an excellent option and one of the best mini PCs I’ve tested.

Getting One

The MeLE PCG01 is available from their AliExpress store, with MeLE currently offering a significant discount for a limited time.

Check Price at AliExpress

Alternatively, it can be purchased from Amazon and TinyDeal.

64GB MeLE PCG03 Windows PC with VGA Now Available

I’ve written about the MeLE PCG03 before as it was one of the first mini PCs to feature a VGA port for connecting to your monitor. However, it only came with 32Gb of storage which some can find a little restrictive.

Thankfully, I’ve got word that MeLE currently have a limited batch of 64Gb models available on their AliExpress store.

Those who pre-order the unit will have it shipped by the 25th of August.

MeLE-PCG03-64GB

MeLE PCG03 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC + SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output:VGA, HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB: 3 x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing

Beelink M808 Windows PC Features Internal SATA Port

The Beelink M808 is another Windows Mini PC featuring the popular Intel Z3735F. The specs are similar to other devices powered by the Intel Z3735F, featuring 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band b/g/n WiFi.

It’s available from GeekBuying and GearBest.

Most uniquely, the Beelink M808 features an internal SATA port, allowing you to bring your own HDD along to expand your storage space. It’s clear Beelink are anticipated many will take up the option, including a paltry 16GB of internal storage.

Beelink-M808-HDD

Beelink M808 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC, 2.5″ HDD slot
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB: 4x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Power Supply: 5V 2.5A
  • Other Features: Kensington Lock port

Getting One

The Beelink MK808 can be purchased from GeekBuying and GearBest for around $115.