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Nexbox T11 Impressions: Windows 10 Mini PC with VGA and SATA

The Nexbox T11 is a Windows 10 mini PC powered by the quadcore Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor. It also features 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, VGA output and a 2.5″ HDD bay.

I want to say thanks to Nexbox for sending me a sample to review

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Nexbox T11 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home (32-bit)
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    32GB eMMC
    microSD slot (up to 64GB)
    SATA slot (up to 1TB)
  • 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
    VGA
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4
    3.5mm
  • Other Interfaces
    3x USB 2.0 port
    1x USB 3.0 port
    1x USB OTG port

Physical

  • Dimensions
    128 x 128 x 32mm
  • Weight
    222g

What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • Nexbox T11 Mini PC
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x Instruction Manual

Nexbox T11 Impressions

The Nexbox T11 is fairly typical looking Windows PC, using a typical black square design.

The front of the unit is bare, with all the ports located on the sides and rear. The right side features a power button and two USB ports.

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The left side has another USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and a micro SD card.Nexbox-T11-Review-Left

Most of the ports are located on the rear, as you’d expect. Going from left to right, we have a VGA port, 3.5mm audio output, ethernet, HDMI out, micro USB OTG and DC In.

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Underneath the unit are keyhole mounts for mounting the unit to the back of a monitor and the 2.5″ hard drive bay.

Nexbox T11 Impressions

Holding down the power button boots the unit. With a keyboard and mouse connected, it takes under 30 seconds to boot. Resuming from standby is essentially instant.

The Nexbox T11 ships with the latest version of Windows 10 and is activated out of the box. Windows is stock, without any tweaks or customisation.

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Everything felt as fast as other Intel Cherry Trail PCs which is good. I did experience two blue screens during usage which seemed to be due Intel’s graphics driver. I’ll be seeing if there’s a new driver available that may fix the issue.

A quick media playback test with Kodi 16.1 showed the Nexbox T11’s performance is on par with other Cherry Trail devices.

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Playback of 1080p24 H.264 and H.265 samples worked perfectly. Automatic Framerate switching also worked as expected once enabled in Kodi’s settings.

Wireless performance seems to be good, having no issues streaming 4K H.264 samples from my server’s NFS share.

Gaming performance is good, as you’d expect from the added GPU grunt offered by Cherry Trail over its Bay Trail processors. I had no issues maxing out Beach Buggy Racing’s graphics and still maintaining good frame rates.

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Verdict So Far

So far, the Nexbox T11 seems promising. Performance is on par with other Cherry Trail boxes whilst the ability to use dual monitors without adapters and mount larger hard drives will undoubtedly be a benefit for power users.

Keep posted for my full review in the coming days.

Getting one

The Nexbox T11 is available from GeekBuyingAmazon and eBay.

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MeegoPad T03 Pro Windows 10 Stick PC Features Intel Z8300

PC manufacturer MeegoPad have released the MeegoPad T03 Pro, a new stick PC that runs Windows 10 and is powered by the Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail SoC.

Like other Cherry Trail devices, it comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4Ghz b/g/n WiFi. The HDMI plug is integrated into the unit.

MeegoPad have considered cooling for the MeegoPad T03 Pro, including a small fan to keep the SoC cool and prevent thermal throttling.

Given the unit’s compact form factor, space is at a premium for ports though MeegoPad have managed to fit in 3 USB ports onto the device’s tiny frame. There’s a single full size USB 3.0 port and two micro USB 2.0 ports so those needing more than 1 USB port will need to pick up some micro USB OTG adapters.

Inside the box, you’ll get the MeegoPad T03 Pro unit, 5V 2A power supply and an instruction manual.

Getting One

The MeegoPad T03 Pro is available from GearBest and Amazon for around $110.

Use coupon “GBT03P” at GearBest to get it for $100.99.

MeegoPad T03 Pro 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 128GB
  • Power
    DC 5V/2A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 2.4GHz b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

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

Physical

  • Dimensions
    102 x 36 x 9.9mm
  • Weight
    50g