GMK NucBox
GMK NucBox

The GMK NucBox is a desktop computer that is compact enough to hold in the palm of your hand, yet powerful enough to handle 4K video playback and many common tasks, thanks to the Intel Celeron J4125 Quad Core processor.

Just a glance

this little device, believe it or not, is a full-fledged desktop computer.

it’s just a very tiny one that measures about 2.4 by 2.4 inches by about 1.7 inches high.

and called the GMK NucBox, and it’s the latest in a line of sort of little palm size, mini computers that we’ve seen. 

it’s going to have a retail price of about 209 dollars and up, and it’s going up for pre-order through a crowdfunding campaign folks who pre-registered might be able to get one for as little as 159, otherwise you’ll probably have to pay about 179 or more for an early bird pledge level.

and as I mentioned it’s not the first device in this category that we’ve seen the chuwi larp box is actually really similar. 

the NucBox is relatively small and inexpensive, it might go in places where you wouldn’t normally take a computer. 

you could take with you if you wanted to have a PC that you could sort of take from place to place. 

and in terms of the 4k in this device, it really looks pretty good.

Read Our:

FOR

  • Small form factor
  • Type-C connector
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Very good performance
  • Type C power connector

AGAINST

  • Bluetooth 5.1 was preferred
  • No VESA mount option

Specs

CPUIntel Celeron J 4125
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 600
RAM8GB LPDDR4 Micron
Storage128GB C100 M.2 SSD
Ports2 x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type C, audio jack, 1 x HDMI 2.0, MicroSD card reader
ConnectivityIntel Wireless-AC 7265, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Weight125g
Size62 x 62 x 42 mm  (H x W x D)
Specifications Table

Design

As we mentioned in the previous, GMK NucBox is almost identical to each of the XCY X51 and LarkBox in terms of size and different port positions, which made us believe that they came out of the same ODM company, which is the manufacturer of the original design of the device.

GMK NucBox Design
GMK NucBox Design

Since the size of GMK NucBox is 62 x 62 x 42 mm (161 cc or about half a can of your favorite soft drink) with a weight of around 125 grams, it is very small in size and weight and will hold the palm of your hand.

In terms of overall design it has a taupe color with a silver ring all but its metal body is refreshingly different.

Ports

As for the ports, the top of the device contains a circular fan slot

GMK NucBox Ports

from which you can find the power button (and the status lamp), and there is also a microSD card slot, and an audio port, and the device also contains a USB Type-C connector that works as a power port, and an HDMI port in size The device is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports (version 2.0) and two other connectors.

Hardware

The GMK NucBox has an Intel Celeron J4125 processor, which is a quad-core, quad-core processor with a base frequency of 2GHz and also has a 4MB cache and a burst frequency of 2.7GHz.

And with all these features it contains it should be fast in performance and faster than N-series Celeron (N4000, N4100, N4120) which is one of the basic elements of many laptops.

All NucBox models come equipped with 8GB (micron) LPDDR4 memory, an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (WiFi-5, 2×2 TR / RX streams with Bluetooth 4.2), and a Goke GK2301 SATA controller.

Upon our testing, we found the memory chip on the M.2 2242 SSD to be very interesting. “29f64b2amcmg4” corresponds to the 256 GB part of the Intel P4608 which is an enterprise-grade solid state drive.

However, it is categorized as C100 in Windows Device Manager.

Performance

Through our testing of the performance of the GMK NucBox,

we found that it was completely in line with our expectations,

it is fast, as the slight bump at the speed of 200 MHz,

in addition to the use of a SATA-based SSD means that it was faster than the Chuwi,

the only nanoPC we tested, by a margin. Small but still important.

And if you combine this with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB and you have an incredibly high capacity device,

you will notice that it is capable of performing more than just the basic front desk functions.

We expect performance to increase significantly when storage capacity increases.

Our Verdict

This is the GMK NucBox, it’s a tiny little computer that is design for general purpose computing. 

it gets a little warm to the touch, I notice this when I was testing it, because it does have that metal case that heats up and helps dissipate the heat. 

AMD doesn’t have a quad-core SKU that can rival the J4125.

The closest one is the AMD 3020e which is a (dual core) CPU with a TDP of 6W,

so a 10W Ryzen quad-core processor is not out of the question.

it’s similar in a lot of ways to the chuwi lark box on paper, it should be a little bit more powerful. 

it does have more ram, it does have faster storage,

but in terms of day-to-day performance, there’s not a huge difference between the two of them.

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