Chuwi CoreBox i5 Review – Mini-PC Featuring Intel i5-5257U Processor

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CHUWI is known for its laptops, tablets, and mini PCs. They have now introduced another Mini-PC: the CHUWI CoreBox i5. Chuwi has made some interesting products in the past: The LarkBox, a palm-sized mini-PC, the Aerobox, an Xbox look-alike, and a bunch of other “boxes”. However, all of them feature a really low-end processor, ranging from an AMD Excavator CPU to an Intel Celeron N4100. The latest offering, the CoreBox i5 is a step up on the CPU front, packing a dual-core i5 based on the Broadwell architecture.

Design

 

The body design is simple and good-looking, the volume advantage is obvious when comparing with the traditional chunky PC towers. Meanwhile, it features handles on both sides of the fuselage, making it convenient to move around or transport. Due to its dark grey color 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. With the volume of 2L, CoreBox i5 can be placed vertically or horizontally.

Hardware

In terms of performance, Chuwi CoreBox i5 is equipped with an Intel Core i5 5257U processor with 3.1 GHz turbo frequency. Therefore, in addition to daily use, it can be used for many other activities, including 3D graphic rendering. The Iris Graphics 6100 graphics card is capable of decoding 4K high-resolution movies and consequently, this PC is capable of offering a high-quality cinema experience. As for the integrated graphics, you get an Iris 6100 which was considered a big step up for Intel’s iGPUs back in the day. It was one of Intel’s first graphics processors to support DirectX 12. The technical specifications of the Chuwi CoreBox i5 include an 8 GB DDR4 RAM memory and an internal 256 GB SSD storage. It also has 4K decoding support, so it’s an ideal choice for home-theaters or HTPCs.

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Features

You can also upgrade the storage with a 2.5″ HDD or SSD. Complementing the 256GB M.2 SATA drive for storing movies, TV shows, or bulk media. Lastly, yes, it does have a headphone and microphone jack. And can be connected to two displays simultaneously using the two HDMI 2.0 ports on the back. It has a Gigabit Ethernet port for installing a wired internet connection and four USB 3.0 ports for external storage. In case you were wondering. Yes, it does have WiFi with a dual-band adapter with support for the 2.4G/5G frequency band. Operating on the newer LEEE802.11ac for modern internet connections.

Conclusion

CHUWI CoreBox i5 is a good choice for your mini PC needs because it is more powerful than the common Chinese N4100 models. With desktop performance, it can be much more versatile and work in many capacities. You can find more about it on the official website.

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