I’ve seen some strange and/or innovative mini PCs over the years, and Vensmile K8 certainly gets into the top products of that category. That’s basically a mini PC powered by an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, but with the top cover acting as a touch panel, and the device is also connected to flexible QWERTY keyboard.
Vensmile K8 flexible keyboard PC specifications:
- SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP)
- System Memory – 4 GB DDR3L (option for 2GB)
- Storage – 64 GB eMMC flash (option for 32GB) + micro SD slot up to 32GB
- Touch Panel – 10 point capacitive touch panel
- Keyboard – 87-key flexible QWERTY keyboard
- Video Output – HDMI and VGA ports
- Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port
- Misc – Power button; reset pinhole; power, standby and keyboard (numlock?) LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V/3A
- Dimensions – 385 x 120 x 15 mm
The obvious advantage is that it’s highly portable compared to other solutions, as when it’s folded, it looks as big as a wallet, but I’m still not convinced this form factor will become popular. The device ships pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and the power supply, a HDMI cable, and a user’s manual in English are included in the package.
Current price will probably put many people off, as Vensmile K8 is sold for $284 including shipping for the version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage [Update: It’s also listed for pre-order on GeekBuying for $199.99 with shipping scheduled in 12 days]. You’ll find a few more pictures on Alibaba. If you want a foldable keyboard PC with similar specs, PiPo KB2 / Vensmile K1 should be more affordable at around $100, except I have not seen either for sale yet, despite an expected May 2016 release…
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
If the build quality is good and strong, it is a great product for travellers, no matter what the price will be!
Is there any chance to be able to mirror the display on a tablet, via bluetooth?
Chinavasion have it for $189.99, but it seems to be the 32GB version.
I wonder how heating will go in this unit? The touch panel might get very hot if there isn’t proper cooling.
Power Supply – 5V/3A
It is enough ?
Yes, it should be, even with one USB 3.0 drive connected. Most other Windows 10 Cherry Trail mini PCs are also using 10 to 15W power supplies.
Most people I see, in meeting etc are using tablet with keyboads and roll up keyboard are on eBay. Then is power supply built in or separate and you need cables to connect, location might already have that. if there is market it is a small one ?
Possibly useful post for this device with details about gestures to use with touchpad in Windows 10 -> http://blog.geekbuying.com/index.php/2016/10/14/touch-panel-gesture-recognition-supported-by-windows-10/
Really weird product but cool nonetheless. The 4/64GB version at Geekbuying doesn’t look too bad.
$157.99 on GearBest with coupon: CPK8