CHUWI GBox: Mini PC with Windows 10 and Gemini Lake CPU
The new CHUWI GBox is a high-performance Mini PC with a fast Intel Gemini Lake processor and pre-installed Windows 10. Find out if it’s worth buying and check its hardware specs.
Chuwi GBox: Features
|CPU||Intel Gemini Lake N4100|
|Internal memory||64 GB|
|Interface||HDMI, Type-C, USB2.0, USB3.0, VGA, MicroSD|
|Connectivity||WIFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/a, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN|
|Hard Drive||SATA up to 256 GB|
|Size||18.76 x 13.83 x 3.73 cm|
|Box contents||1 x Mini PC, 1 x Power Supply, 1 x HDMI ( 80mm ), 1 x HDMI ( 20mm ), 1 x Bracket, 1 x Remote, 1 x English manual|
Pros and Cons
- Fast CPU allows you to use it as a TV Box or as a PC
- Takes up little space, can be mounted on the back of the monitor
- Authorized, genuine Windows 10
- Low power consumption
- Good price compared to hardware
- Maximum hard disk capacity is 256 GB
- Only office-grade GPU
Performance and capabilities
Gbox is built upon new Gemini Lake processor, worthy successor to the now-aged Apollo. This CPU is in a quad-core, 64-bit version, optimized for Windows 10. Along with 4 GB of fast DDR4 RAM, this hardware config is powerful enough to use it as a regular office PC, computer for less demanding video games, as well as a TV Box that can smoothly playback 4K movies. At the same time, GBox isn’t power hungry, which reduces overall usage costs and naturally – lowers carbon footprint.
Maximum hard drive capacity is limited here to just 256 GB. The OS itself takes up several dozen gigabytes (including updates and service packs), so it can take up more than half of the internal memory, which can be expanded by adding a memory card, USB flash drive or HDD using the SATA connector. The latter option allows the fastest data transfer, but the limitation is rather severe, especially considering that currently standard for new laptops is 1 TB or even 2 TB. So if you have an extensive collection of 4K movies, you can quickly run out of space on this storage.
Interface and control
Remote controller is included in the box. This device also supports air mouse, so you can conveniently control the user interface and play movies, especially if plan to use it mainly as a TV Box. If you decide to use it as a PC, there are four USB ports at your disposal, which makes it possible to connect keyboard, mouse as well as other peripherals.
Display – computer monitor, TV or projector can be connected via HDMI 2.0 or standard VGA and there is also a headphone input. When it comes to internet connectivity, it’s no pushover. Cable LAN connection guarantees bandwidth up to 1Gbps, and fast WiFi in the 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac standard allows you to achieve transfers up to 300 Mbps wirelessly, so you can stream Netlix or Youtube videos at max resolution.
Chuwi GBox is slightly bigger than your ordinary TV Box and it weighs more than half a kilogram, but it is still small in comparison to desktop PCs. Despite the lack of a fan, effective cooling is achieved by a cleverly placed heat sinks and an aluminum housing that effectively dissipates heat to all sides. According to the manufacturer, after 4 hours of continuous work, its temperature should stay at 34 degrees Celsius.
The VESA interface is also quite handy, allowing the GBox to be mounted on the back of the monitor, by attaching the holder with four screws. This allows the PC to be hidden out of sight, and the computer won’t occupy any space on your desk.
CHUWI Gbox beats competition in almost all fields thanks to the new Gemini Lake processor, ensuring high performance in all tasks. The only thing to improve could be gaming GPU, which isn’t featured here. Available at pre-sale price at GearBest, this mini PC costs about half as much as a regular desktop computer with the same hardware specs – so this is a good opportunity to replace obsolete computer with a new one.