If you like compact computers as much as we do, you’re in luck because the offer increases every week. If sales of large OEM towers have plummeted and all-in-one AIOs are an extremely narrow niche, mini-PCs are the ones that are truly holding up the desktop segment .
Chuwi is a Chinese manufacturer that for years has offered a spectacular price/features ratio, be it in its range of laptops, tablets or compacts. The latest version of the LarkBox X series is one of the best sellers and for this year it changes external design and internal hardware as well. And it is much cheaper .
Chuwi LarkBox X 2023, specifications and price
The manufacturer has replaced the Ryzen 7 3750H processor used in the latest version and, well, it is a rather outdated CPU for what exists in 2023. For the update, it has opted for a modern platform, which without being top in performance, does offer low cost, low consumption and support for the latest technologies required for a modern mini-PC.
We are talking, of course, about the Alder Lake-N that Intel presented at CES in Las Vegas to replace the Pentium and Celeron series. We see it more and more in entry-level compacts and it is an ideal platform for them. Chuwi chooses the cheapest processor in the series, the Intel N100 with 4 cores and 4 threads.
The integrated GPU is a 750Hz Intel UHD which won’t break records in games, but it handles 4K video and can power up to three 4K/60Hz displays thanks to the included HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C ports. The device is equipped with 8mm heat pipes and a fan that speeds up heat transfer.
Say that the RAM is soldered on the motherboard, but in return it is 12 Gbytes of modern LPDDR5 . The storage unit is a 512 Gbyte PCIe SSD and this can be upgraded. In terms of connectivity, it has what is necessary for this type of equipment:
- 2 2.5GbE Ethernet LAN ports
- Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.2
- 1 USB Type-C (with DisplayPort mode)
- 4 USB 3.2 Type-A
- 1 HDMI
- 1 display port
- 1 3.5mm jack for combo audio
The Chuwi LarkBox X 2023 will be available soon with an official price of $199 . A potential bestseller to encourage -even more- a segment of the extremely attractive mini-PC for any consumer.