MeLE PCG02 Pro mini PC stick supports M.2 NVMe or SATA SSD

MeLE PCG02 Pro is a mini PC stick / PC-on-a-stick powered by either an Intel Celeron J4125 Gemini Lake processor or a more recent Celeron N5105 Jasper Lake processor, with support for M.2 NVMe/SSD storage, but only for the Gemini Lake model.

The computer is also equipped with 8GB LPDDR4 memory, 128GB to 512GB eMMC flash, two HDMI 2.0 ports capable of driving two independent displays, a Gigabit Ethernet port, WiFi 5 or 6 connectivity, and more.

 

MeLE PCG02 Pro mini PC Stick

MeLE PCG02 Pro specifications:

  • SoC (one or the other)
    • Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core Gemini Lake Refresh processor @ 2.0 / 2.7 GHz (Boost) with 12EU Intel UHD 600 graphics @ 250 / 750 MHz; 10W TDP
    • Intel Celeron N5105 quad-core Jasper Lake processor @ 2.0 / 2.9 GHz (Boost) with 24EU Intel UHD 605 graphics @ 450 / 800 MHz; 10W TDP
  • System Memory & Storage
    • MeLE PCG02 Pro (J4125)
      • 8GB LPDDR4-2133 (single-channel)
      • 128GB to 512GB eMMC flash
      • MicroSD card slot
      • Support for M.2 NVMe (PCIe 2.0 x2) or SATA SSD
    • MeLE PCG02 Pro (N5105)
      • 8GB LPDDR4-2933 (single-channel)
      • 128GB to 512GB eMMC flash
      • MicroSD card slot
      • Does NOT support M.2 NVMe or SATA SSD
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4K @ 60 Hz
  • Audio Output – 3.5mm earphone jack, digital audio output via HDMI
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via Realtek RTL8111H with support for PXE and Wake-on-LAN (WoL)
    • Wireless
      • MeLE PCG02 Pro (J4125) – WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2
      • MeLE PCG02 Pro (N5105) – WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
  • USB – 2x USB 3.2 ports (5 Gbps), 1x USB 3.2 Type-C port (5 Gbps)
  • Misc – Power button, Kensington lock slot, reset CMOS pinhole, auto power on support in BIOS
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A via USB Type-C port, support for USB PD 3.0
  • Dimensions – 146 x 61 x 20mm
  • Weight – 182 grams

MeLE PCG02 Pro specifications

Both mini PC ships with Windows 11 Pro, but MeLE says it also supports Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Debian. The CPU performance of the Celeron N5105 is 32% higher than the Celeron J4125, and graphics should be significantly faster with twice the number of execution units and a higher GPU operating frequency.

It’s quite odd that the Jasper Lake model does not support the SSD because the processor can certainly handle this. So I can only think that the CPU is either too big or thick, or there were extra heat dissipation issues despite both the J4125 and N5105 both having a 10W TDP, and the cooling solution takes more space for the Celeron N5105 CPU.

Mini PC Stick M2 NVMe SATA SSD

MeLE tested the PCG02 Pro (J4125) with several SATA and NVMe SSD models from Samsung, Western Digital, Kingston, and others, and most worked except the XPG AGMMIXS11L NVMe SSD that I never heard of but looks popular on Amazon.

MeLE initially launched the MeLE PCG02 PC stick with an Ethernet port in 2015, at a time when most Arm or Intel HDMI/PC sticks were only offered with WiFi and/or Bluetooth connectivity, so it was kind of unique at the time. The company kept on launching new models over the years following new Intel processors with Apollo Lake and Gemini Lake variants and some changes to the form factor. They also tried their luck with the MeLE PCG02U, an orange stick pre-loaded with Ubuntu, but the demand for Linux PC sticks was not high enough, so it was only a short experiment.  MeLE PCG02 Pro is just the latest member of the family and the first without an HDMI male port, so I’m not sure we should still call it a stick anymore… You can still mount it to the back of your TV or monitor with the included VESA mount and short HDMI cable.

MeLE PCG02 Pro (J4125) is sold on Amazon for $199.99 and up with a $30 coupon, 8GB RAM, and 128GB eMMC flash, while the PCG02 Pro (N5105) starts at $219.99 in the same configuration.

Via Liliputing

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Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

@Upgrade pi-top [3]
Is this a stick PC? 😂

malimali
malimali
2 months ago

A giant stick PC. 😀

Upgrade pi-top [3]
Upgrade pi-top [3]
2 months ago

Haha I suppose technically yes but just not a TV stick? (I’m assuming to be called the latter it would need the male HDMI port 😂 )

Willy
2 months ago

Their machines are great, but they still have this shitty 12V-only PSU over USB-C that’s waiting for someone to plug the connector into an innocent machine to turn it into fumes. We have two of the 5105 ones here and I had to put some “warning 12V” stickers on the cables due to this, and am still not confident this will not eventually happen 🙁

Willy
2 months ago

Well, if this specific model now supports USB-PD, maybe they just copy-pasted the specs from the previous ones but provided a USB-PD PSU. Or maybe they continue to ship the same PSUs. I didn’t measure the voltage out of our PSU, but it’s clearly written “12V” on both the adapter and the PC so I don’t count too much on something different. I will eventually do.

tkaiser
tkaiser
2 months ago

> I didn’t measure the voltage out of our PSU

Your Rock 5B could tell 😉

(and those 12V-USB-C power bricks could be a good choice to power SBC like Rock 5B anyway)

Willy
2 months ago

That’s a good point but I really don’t like having 12V-only power bricks lying around with a connector that can be mistaken for a real USB-C one. I also have my USB power meter that supports up to 24 or so volts and which could tell me without taking risks on a board 😉

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