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Star Cloud PCG61 Intel Celeron “Braswell” Ubuntu 16.04 / Windows 10 Pro Mini PC Features Up to 8GB RAM

MeLE showcased their PCG61U mini PC powered by an Intel Celeron N3150 processor and running Ubuntu last April at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. The company has now launched Star Cloud PCG61 on Aliexpress where it sells for $149 and up with either Windows or Ubuntu.

Star_Cloud_PCG61Star Cloud PCG61 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Braswell Celeron N3150 quad core processor @ 1.60/2.08 GHz with 12 EU Gen8 Graphics(6W TDP)
  • System Memory – None, 4 or 8GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 0, 64 or 128 GB mSATA SSD (upgradeable up to 256GB), micro SD card up to 512GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 & VGA
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm microphone and earphone jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n & 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington security lock, reset BIOS button,  mini PCIe slot (likely already used by wireless module)
  • Power – 12V DC input
  • Dimensions & weight – N/A (Aluminum case with “patented fanless cooling design”)

That’s the first time I see a “Reset BIOS” button, and considering problems people had with Wintel Pro CX-W8, it might be worthwhile feature to have in case you have “bricked” your computer with wrong BIOS settings.

Ubuntu-16.04_Braswell_mini_PCThe fanless mini PC can be bought pre-loaded with Ubuntu 16.04, Windows 10 Pro, or without any operating systems as it is sold in four configurations:

  • Barebone without memory nor storage – $149
  • Ubuntu 16.04 with 4GB RAM, 64 GB SSD – $199
  • Windows 10 Pro with 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD – $299
  • Windows 10 Pro with 8GB RAM, 128 GB SSD – $349

All prices include shipping by registered air mail. It’s pretty clear Windows 10 Pro is properly licensed considering the price difference with the Ubuntu version for the same hardware.HDMI_VGA_Mini_PCVia AndroidPC.es

  1. Andrius
    July 28th, 2016 at 19:11 | #1

    It would be nice to see it reviewed. How does it look disassembled? What is its performance?

  2. July 28th, 2016 at 19:39 | #2

    @Andrius
    I’ll try to get the Ubuntu version for review.
    You can see the thermal design in the Aliexpress link.
    Provided cooling is working properly, performance should be similar to MINIX NGC-1 @ http://www.cnx-software.com/2016/02/11/minix-ngc-1-review-and-benchmarks-with-windows-10-home/

  3. Fossxplorer
    July 28th, 2016 at 19:59 | #3

    I see one SATA on http://goo.gl/dy0y1J
    Is it something else then?

  4. GanjaBear
    July 29th, 2016 at 01:02 | #4
  5. July 29th, 2016 at 09:01 | #5

    @GanjaBear
    Beelink GT1 is an interesting device, but I don’t see them a competitor as they mostly address different needs.

  6. July 30th, 2016 at 15:00 | #6

    @Fossxplorer
    There’s a SATA connector on the mainboard, but not like in that diagram, as it’s a SATA connector for 2.5″ drives.
    They have not mentioned it in the specs because there’s no space for a drive in the case, but people could potentially use a SATA cable, and I’ve been told it would work.

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