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Chuwi releases the HeroBox, a new mini-PC for US$199

The new Chuwi Herobox. (Source: Chuwi)
The new Chuwi Herobox. (Source: Chuwi)
Chuwi may be best-known for its Microsoft Surface clones; however, it has decided that it will also do HTPCs now. This Herobox has a Gemini Lake chipset with the Intel UHD Graphics 600 necessary for 4K video playback. It also has 8GB of RAM, a 180GB SSD and it runs Windows 10.

Chuwi attracted some acclaim for its UBook Pro, which is probably its most effective 2-in-1 to date, in 2019. Now, the OEM is back this year with a new product: the Herobox mini PC. It is clearly intended as a home entertainment solution: a high-powered gaming NUC it is not.

Then again, it does have what Chuwi claims as a CNC-machined metal chassis with subtle light-up accents. The Herobox is powered by the Intel N4100 CPU and 8GB of RAM - the same internals as its non-Pro UBook. It also has a small solid-state drive, which may just be there to make sure its Windows 10 OS runs as fast as possible. However, it also has a bay for SATA drives of up to 2TB in capacity.

Alternatively, it also supports microSD cards that can hold up to 128GB of your content. It also has 4 USB type A ports, 2 of which are 3.0 and 2 2.0. There are also HDMI 2.0 (which supports up to 4K video at 60fps), VGA and Ethernet ports - as well as 1 USB type C port. It is available on Amazon from now and costs US$199.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-27 (Update: 2020-02- 4)