CHUWI LarkBox X is an affordable mini PC based on a 15W AMD Ryzen 7 3700U mobile processor coupled with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB NVMe SSD, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 4K video output, and more.
Contrary to the earlier Celeron-based LarkBox and LarkBox Pro palm-sized mini PCs, the LarkBox X comes with a larger form factor providing additional ports and possibly better cooling for the more performant AMD processor.
- SoC – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U quad-core/eight-thread processor @ 2.30GHz / 4.0GHz (Turbo) with Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics; 15W TDP
- System Memory – 8GB DDR4, dual channels via 2x 260-pin DDR4 SO-DIMMs (upgradeable up to 32GB RAM)
- Storage – 256GB NVMe M.2 2280 SSD (PCIe 3.0) upgradable up to 2TB
- Video Output
- 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4Kp60
- 1x DisplayPort up to 4Kp60
- 1x USB Type -C up to 4Kp30 with DisplayPort Alt. mode
- Three independent displays support
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio via video output ports
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet (Note the description also mentions 2500 Mbps after “Gigabit Ethernet”, but it’s not clear whether at least one of the ports support 2.5Gbps Ethernet)
- WiFi 5 up to 867Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2 via Intel AC7265 M.2 module
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB Type-C port
- Misc – Power button
- Power Supply – DC port
- Dimensions – 12.7x 12.7 x 4.9 cm
- Weight – 460 grams
LarkBox X ships with Windows 10 Home, but the company also says the mini PC supports Windows 11, Linux, Ubuntu, also pointing to OpenWrt/DD-WRT to make use of the two Ethernet ports.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700U was launched in Q1 2019 for laptops, but it still performs faster than recent low-power processors such as the 10W Pentium Silver N6005 (Jasper Lake), but not quite as fast as a 15W Intel Core i7-1160G7 (Tiger Lake) processor based on Passmark results.
LarkBox X is currently sold for $399 on Amazon after ticking the box to select a $100 discount coupon.
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.