NucBox2 mini PC overview: Extra highly effective, extra ports, extra efficiency Overview

The GMK NucBox2 mini PC has had a big function improve from the NucBox I checked out earlier this month.

At 125 x 110 x 50mm (4.9 x 4.3 x 1.9 inches), the Nucbox2 is at the least twice the dimensions of its predecessor and heavier at 426g (0.94 kilos). Nonetheless, there appears to be a heck of much more squeezed into its small type issue.

The very first thing I seen is that the NucBox2 has ports on each the entrance and rear of the mini PC. On the rear, there’s a energy jack, two HDMI ports, two USB ports, and an Ethernet port.

On the entrance, along with the ability change, there are two USB Kind-A ports, a USB Kind-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On its right-hand facet, there’s a TF card slot. Sadly, there isn’t any carry case included within the field.

Inside, the NucBox2 there’s an Intel Espresso Lake i5-8259U eighth technology core i5 processor working at 2.3GHz as much as 3.8GHz frequency. Its graphics card is an Intel Iris Plus 655 with 6MB of cache.

There’s a 256GB solid-state drive that permits enlargement as much as 1TB, or if you happen to use a SATA HDD, you possibly can develop as much as 2TB

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The NucBox has 8GB of DDR4 RAM, expandable as much as 32GB. It’s pre-installed with Home windows 10 House construct 19041.804. However it additionally helps Linux and Ubuntu installs.

At 19dB the fan is far quieter in use than the NucBox and doesn’t usually set off. I stood the NucBox 2 on its facet to ensure it had sufficient air flow because the fan grille is beneath the NucBox.

The 2 HDMI ports will join to 2 screens at 4K decision and the NucBox2 has the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth stacks if you do not need to bodily connect with your mouse or keyboard.

In use, efficiency is sweet, sooner I believe than the NucBox. The NucBox2 is quieter too than the NucBox.

Even heavy load apps appear to work along with no concern. I configured a wi-fi keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, and touchscreen monitor to reduce the cables tying me to the NucBox2, which was one other bugbear of mine with the earlier model.

Despite the fact that the NucBox2 is bigger and heavier than the NucBox, I discovered it much less cumbersome in use — in all probability as a result of port slots on the entrance of the gadget.

The NucBox2 at present has a $60 on-page coupon on Amazon, decreasing it to below $440. Alternatively, purchase it from GMK itself with code Easter60OFF and get free delivery and obtain a NucBox carry bag.

GMK informed me that every one eligible purchases from GMK itself will likely be shipped from its US warehouse. One other provide for ZDNet readers, for the primary 21 models, use the code: ZDNetKB2-120$OFF to get $120 off.

All in all, the GMK NucBox2 is an outstanding mini PC with a number of potential use circumstances at residence or work. Use it to obtain field units to look at offline (it is actually transportable), as a picture storage system, or to present additional oomph to your favourite video games.