Chuwi CoreBox Windows 10 mini PC Intel Core i5 mini desktop PC review

Chuwi CoreBox Windows 10 mini PC Intel Core i5 mini desktop PC review
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Can you play games or watch 4K quality content? With Intel Iris Graphics6100 GPU, it offers better and faster in playing games and provides high image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and give gamers a full suite for gaming dominance and offer gamers a truly seamless gaming experience. Get details in Chuwi CoreBox Windows 10 mini PC Intel Core i5 mini desktop PC review.

Pros & Cons

FOR

  • Nice design and sturdily built
  • Very small body
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • 4K video with high resolution
  • Good port connection
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • More memory than expected

AGAINST

  • No front facing ports
  • Storage performance could be better
  • Little bit warm at times
  • Gets loud at times
  • No card reader
  • Four USB is a bit on the low side
  • Not so easy to repair

Specs – Chuwi CoreBox Windows 10 mini PC Intel Core i5 mini desktop PC

  • 8GB LPDDR3 Memory
  • 256GB M.2 SSD
  • Dual-band WiFi+Gigabit Ethernet
  • 256GB Ultra-High Speed SSD
  • Efficient Heat Dissipation
  • Ultra-compact Metal Case
  • Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
  • Ultra low Power
  • Support HDD Expansion
  • 2.4G/5G WiFi
  • Dual Channel 8GB Memory
  • Smoothly 4K Decoding

Price

The CoreBox is available directly from Chuwi for a mere $389 (about £290, AU$516) at the time of writing. Remember though that, although free DHL shipping is included, you may be charged credit card and handling fees and local taxes depending where you live.

Chuwi CoreBox Windows 10 mini PC Intel Core i5 mini desktop PC Review

Build

Unit is solid and exceptionally well built. Due to its dark grey colour and the silver handles it almost resembles a server case. In any case, the case looks very chic and simple and certainly fits in everywhere well. With a weight of 805 grams, the CoreBox is lighter than most laptops and can be moved to a new location quite easily.

Design

It’s a good size to put on the desk or anywhere really to the point that the eyes glaze over its very sleek and modern look. It dimensionally measures about 6.8 x 6.2 x 2.9 inches and weighs almost 3.5 pounds.

Ports

All the IO are located at the back; there’s four USB 3.0 ports, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports, two audio connectors, one barrel type power connector, one DisplayPort, one HDMI port and a Thunderbolt 3 one. What it means is that you can power three 4K monitors.

The bottom of the Corebox also features two long rubber sticks that raise the bottom of the PC by a few millimeters.

Storage

The Mini PC has 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Wireless AC 3165 and room to add a 2.5″ SSD or HDD.

Processor

Moving on to its technical board, CoreBox i5 integrates an Intel Core i5-5257U (Broadwell) processor up to 3.1GHz in Turbo mode, probably a bit outdated (since it dates back to 2015) but still powerful to handle everyday office tasks, 3D rendering, graphics design and other resource-intensive operations. It is supported by the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 chip, capable of decoding high-resolution 4K video and offering a satisfying multimedia experience.

Chuwi CoreBox Windows 10 mini PC Intel Core i5 mini desktop PC Performance review

It has a very small form factor. This little computer is a little workhorse. If you need something for internet browsing, checking your email, document creating, etc.

Using this Corebox with a 65 inch Smart TV to surf the net and do Zoom with the family. It works great and easy to set up. I added a Hard drive inside the Core Box for added storage

Attempting to use Adobe Premiere and other Adobe programs will show a compatibility warning every time. This is due to the graphics on the machine, they are simply not compatible ti run “some” Adobe programs; please not that Photoshop runs fine unless you use 3D objects. To make matters worse, the Mini PC is not compatible with Adobe’s fix which is a new graphics driver.

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