Popularity of the compact mini PCs is on the rise, because not everybody needs massive gaming PC locked in an oversized case. Many users actually prefer the small compact factor and also great consumption numbers. Chinese brand CHUWI is mostly known for their tablets and laptops, but they have recently delved also in this area as well. And their CHUWI HeroBox mini PC is still one of the best options in the category of affordable models with solid specs. So what can we expect from it ?
For starters CHUWI HeroBox is a really compact MiniPC with 37,3 x 187,6 x 138,3mm and 0.59kg of weight. The design would indicate a gaming platform, but that’s certainly not the case. But the little metal box at least looks nice. Inside we can find Intel N4100 processor from the Gemini Lake platform paired with dual-channel 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM and fast 180 GB SSD disk. You can also easily add up to 2 TB SATA drive in the available 2.5″ bay. Thanks to effective passive cooling it’s completely fanless and thus quiet, points for the HeroBox.
HeroBox is also not short of very solid connectivity options featuring 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 supporting 4K@60Hz, gigabit LAN and even older D-Sub port. Wireless is also nothing to scoff at with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Full consumption of the unit is under 10W, so it’s really very efficient little gadget. With VESA bracket you can also easily mount it on the back of your monitor. And of course you are getting a licenced Windows 10 system with your purchase, but HeroBox also supports Linux if needed.
So if you are looking for a rock solid office mini PC, HTPC or media server, then you can’t go wrong with CHUWI HeroBox. It’s not scared of 4K videos thanks to VP9 10bit codec support, so as a multimedia platform it will do pretty good as well. And the price is currently around $230 on the official store. More information about the nifty mini PC can be of course found on the official website.