The Chuwi GBox Pro Mini PC is a new small PC that builds on the foundation that the GBox laid down. The major difference is in the CPU that is used. The Chuwi GBox Pro Mini PC comes with an Intel Atom CPU that has 4 cores and 4 threads. This should be plenty for day to day tasks such as word processing and content consumption.
The design and build
The GBox Pro is a small little thing and you can hide it behind a screen if you wanted to. It actually comes with a mounting solution if you are interested in doing that. The footprint is rather small and it is great if you are interested in using it for content consumption or daily word processing. The dimensions are 7.4×5.4×1.5 inches. The top is made of plastic and there are vents all around the device which should help with the airflow.
The mini PC has a passively cooled design. There is a heatsink under the hood but no fan which means that it will not make any kind of noise and the whole metallic body can be seen as a large heatsink.
On the front, you have the ports and the power button. You have a pair of USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port. You also have a memory card ready which is an interesting addition. You also have a power indicator that shows you that the system is turned on. On the back, you have the DC out for power, another pair of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0 an ethernet port and a headphone jack. You also have a VGA port and a reset button.
Overall the design is appealing. The mini PC has a clean look and it is attractive. It comes in Black with hints of Red. On the top, you have the Chuwi logo and nothing much else. I personally am a fan of sleek and minimal designs so I do like the looks of this mini PC. Chuwi did not just make a box, it is a stylish piece of hardware.
Hardware, Software, Connectivity and Performance
The Intel Atom X7-E3950 that powers it is a 4-core processor that comes with an HD Graphics 505 video subsystem. It has only 2MB of cache and can run at up to 2GHz; note that this is an embedded part – not something that usually goes in non-specialist products – with a TDP of 12W.
It is eerily silent thanks to the massive heatsink it uses (no fans here). Part of the chassis is made up of an aluminum alloy which also helps to dissipate heat. Chuwi says that even after four hours under load, the surface of the PC will not rise above 34 degrees centigrade (although that will depend on the ambient room temperature). So you are free to use the mini pc in a long duration and not worry about it heating up.
There’s 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB soldered eMMC. Elsewhere, there’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, the ability to plug in an extra 2.5-inch drive (SATA only, SSD or HDD). At the rear is a headphone socket, an HDMI port, a legacy VGA one, two USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet LAN and a proprietary port.
Can add another HDD
Legacy VGA port is useful
Poor CPU performance
Overall, the Chuwi GBox pro offers you more than you can get on an average mini PC. At Banggood.com you can purchase one for as low as $159. You also stand a chance to win one of this mini pc when you participate in the ongoing 0.01 lucky draw.