The ACEPC AK1 Mini PC uses the integrated graphics from that processor to run the screens that are connected, of which it does support 4K resolutions and dual monitoring. Is ACEPC AK1 Mini PC good for gaming? One big advantage this device has over another 4K video player like the Xbox One or PS4 is the size, being just a bit shorter than an iPhone 6s and having a smaller width as well allows this device to be safely hidden away behind a monitor or behind a vase with little to no issue. The I/O ports for this device are actually more than most laptops currently releasing having two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one microphone/headphone port, one MicroSD card reader, and two separate HDMI ports. Reveal the details from ACEPC AK1 Mini PC review.
What is the ACEPC AK1 Mini PC specs?
Type: Mini PC
System: Windows 10
Processor: Intel Celeron J3455
CPU: Intel Celeron J3455
Core: Quad Core
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 500
RAM Type: DDR3
Max. Extended Capacity: TF card up to 32GB (not included)
Maximum External Hard Drives Capacity: 2TB
|Media Supported||Decoder Format: H.263,H.264,H.265,HD MPEG4|
Video format: 1080P,4K x 2K,AVS,BD,H.263,H.265,MPEG4,VP8,VP9
Audio format: MP3
Photo Format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG,TIFF
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: No
|Product Details||5G WiFi: Yes|
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Interface: DC Power Port,HDMI,LAN,Mic,TF card,USB2.0,USB3.0
Language: English,Simplified Chinese
DVD Support: No
HDMI Version: 1.4
Other Functions: Others
External Subtitle Supported: No
HDMI Function: HDCP
Power Consumption.: 1100mA
RJ45 Port Speed: 1000M
|Firmware Information||System Bit: 64Bit|
WiFi Chip: AC3165
|Power Requirement||Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode|
|Dimensions and Weight||Product weight: 0.9570 kg|
Package weight: 1.1200 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 12.80 x 12.80 x 3.65 cm / 5.04 x 5.04 x 1.44 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 22.30 x 15.40 x 7.00 cm / 8.78 x 6.06 x 2.76 inches
|Package Contents||Package Contents: 1 x ACEPC AK1 Mini PC, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x HDMI Cable, 1 x Bracket|
ACEPC AK1 Mini PC (review) comparison?
|ACEPC AK1 Mini PC, Windows 10 (64-bit) Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Processor||Mini PC, Intel Celeron J3455 Processor(up to 2.3GHz) Windows 10(64-bit) Mini Desktop Computer||Mini PC 6GB DDR4 AWOW Desktop Computer Windows 10 Intel Celeron||Mini PC,T11 Windows 10 Pro(64-bit) Intel x5-Z8350 Fanless Mini Computer|
|computer memory size||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||4 GB|
|Processor (CPU) Model||Intel Celeron||Intel Celeron||Intel Celeron||Intel Atom|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||2.3 GHz||2.3 GHz||2.2 GHz||1.92 GHz|
|Graphics Coprocessor||integrated_graphics||Intel HD Graphics 500||Intel HD Graphics 500||Intel HD Graphics|
|Hard Disk Size||64 GB||64 GB||128 GB||64 GB|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10 Professional|
ACEPC AK1 Mini PC review
Compared with other micro PCs, this system is slightly bigger on the z-axis. It measures 56mm thick, including detachable unit that adds an expansion slot to the baSe unit. Teensy and compact, the AK1 Pro Mini PC is one of the most travel-friendly PCs out there.
On the HP Elite, the detachable part is called a ‘slice’ but on the AK1 is a 2.5-inch module that holds the external hard drive bay that attaches to the main unit via a USB Type-C connector. Removing the disk expansion slot is straightforward, just unlock and pull it out.
Storage and ports
To add the hard drive, you’ll have to undo two screws and plug the SATA hard drive. You get VESA mount option on this system, an addition over its predecessor from last year. There’s 32GB eMMC of onboard storage, but the system comes with the aforementioned 2.5-inch HDD/SSD expansion box that can support up to 2TB of additional storage (ACEPC AK1 Mini PC review).
Connectivity is excellent and varied. There’s an assortment of I/O ports including: two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, one USB Type-C (a rarity among budget systems), Ethernet, a microphone jack, HDMI 1.4 and SD Card reader. To connect to the Internet, you can either use the LAN connector for wired connections or wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0 or dual band Ac3165 that supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
What is the performance level of AK1 Pro Mini PC?
This version of the AK1 Pro Mini PC features a 1.5GHz quad-core Intel Celeron J3455 processor, 4GB of memory, with integrated Intel HD Graphics 500. This is the same configuration as our Editors’ Choice Mini PC, the Intel NUC Kit NUC6CAYS, save for double the memory in the ACEPC system. For basic computing needs and multimedia consumption, this unit is just the right choice, at the best price. It may not be a power dynamo, but for what you’re paying and size, it does have a lot going in its favor.
The fact that you can add a few components via the available expansion slots makes it even more exciting. With this speed and feature set, it qualifies as a secondary media streamer for your home, or you can set it up with a display and use it for a presentation or demo. The integrated graphics won’t crack 3D games, which have –obviously– not arrived in the pint-sized PC category yet.
Should you buy it?
Many will see the ACEPC AK1 Pro Mini PC as a clone of HP’S Elite Slice, but it has a lot going for it. It may not be quick enough to use as a primary PC for your media projects or a multitasking powerhouse, but it will perfectly handle your average daily tasks. If you need more power in a mini PC, you’ll have to look at something like the Intel NUC6i7KYK Mini PC or the HP Slice Elite – both of these are faster with Intel Core i7 processors, but they cost more.
But if your budget can’t stretch that far, the AK1 Pro offers better value and versatility that can easily fill the role of a Mini PC that will get the job done. It presents better functionality than most of its competitors and raw potential for the future.