Khadas Mind Raptor Lake portable mini PC supports desktop dock, laptop dock, and external GPU dock

Khadas Mind “portable workstation” is an ultrathin mini PC powered by an Intel Core i7-1360P 12-core Raptor Lake processor, with 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, and a “Mind Link” connector with a PCIe 5.0 interface designed for docking to a desktop dock, a laptop shell, an external GPU for gaming, and so on.

The mini PC itself has a limited number of ports with two USB-C ports, an HDMI 2.0 video output, and two USB 3.0 ports, but that’s sufficient when traveling, and the Mind Dock can add extra ports at home for multiple display setups and 2.5GbE networking, while the Mind xPlay battery-powered portable display can convert it into a 2-in-1 laptop, and the Mind Graphics eGPU into a high-end gaming station.

Khadas Mind dockable mini PC
Khadas Mind connected to the Mind xPlay (top), Mind Graphics (left), and Mind Dock (right)

Khadas Mind specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Core i7-1360P 12-core/16-core Raptor Lake processor with 4 performance cores @ up to 5.0 GHz, 8 efficiency cores @ up to 3.7 GHz, 18MB cache, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics up to 1.5 GHz; PBP: 28W.
  • System Memory – 32GB LPDDR5 @ 5200Mbps
  • Storage
    • M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 2230 SSD with up to 5,150 MB/s sequential read speed, up to 4,900 MB/s sequential write speed
    • M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 2230 SSD socket.
  • Video Output
    • HDMI 2.0 video output up to 4Kp60
    • 2x USB-C ports with DisplayPort Alt. mode up to 8Kp30 or 5Kp72
    • 4Kp60 HDMI expansion through Mind Link
    • Up to four 4Kp60 independent displays with the Mind Dock
  • Audio – Digital audio output via HDMI and/or DisplayPort (USB-C)
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.3
  • USB
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DP output, PD charging
    • 1x USB 2.0 Type-C port with DP output, PD charging
  • Expansion – Patented Mind Link with PCIe 5.0 interface up to 32GT/s
  • Misc – Power button and LED
  • Power Supply – 65W USB-C power adapter
  • Battery – Built-in 5.55 Wh Lithium-Polymer battery good for up to 5 hours in sleep mode, as it is designed for standby so you can carry it around to switch from one dock to another without turning off the device
  • Dimensions – 146 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight – 450 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 10C to 35C; storage: -20℃ – 45℃
  • Relative humidity –  5% to 90% non-condensing

Khadas Mind Front Khadas Mind HDMI USB

It’s a little odd that none of the USB-C ports are USB4/Thunderbolt ports unless the required interfaces are used by the Mind Link connector… The computer ships with Windows 11 Home with Office 365, Microsoft Edge, and the Mind App. Khadas offers a one-year warranty for the entire machine, two years for core components (motherboard, CPU, memory, hard disk, power adapter), and one year for the batteries. You can check out Khadas’ policies for details about the warranty.

The Khadas Mind is designed for portability with enough ports to connect a display, a USB keyboard, a USB mouse, and some expansion, and even the GaN USB-C power adapter looks to have been designed to be small. That’s the content of the Khadas Mind package I received.

Khadas Mind Unboxing
So you can just take the mini PC, power adapter, and USB-C cable, plus a keyboard and mouse, and you’re good to use it on the go, for example in a hotel with WiFi and a TV having a spare HDMI input port. For international travelers, I wish it would have come with exchangeable US, EU, UK, and AU plug adapters, but I got a US-type adapter, so you may have to carry a separate travel plug as well.

Khadas 65W USB-C PD adapter

At least it’s a proper 65W USB-C PD adapter with 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, and 20V/3.25A, and not some dodgy 12V-only USB-C adapter that comes with some other mini PCs.

The number of ports of the Khadas Mind may not be enough at home however, where you may have 2.5 Gbps Ethernet and multiple display setups, and that’s why Khadas made the Mind Dock to add extra ports through the Mind Link connector.

Khadas Mind Dock Khadas Dock 2.5GbE HDMI USB

Khadas Mind Dock specifications:

  • Storage – SD card reader
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4Kp60
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, digital audio output via HDMI
  • Networking – 2.5GbE RJ45 port
  • USB – 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) Type-A ports
  • Misc – Rotary encoder with click button
  • Power Supply – USB PD with USB-C port

Khadas Mind Dock specifications

I haven’t tested the Khadas Mind with the Mind Dock in detail just yet, but I went through the Windows setup wizard (which has gone even more annoying than previously), and it could boot properly, even after my little teardown (see below). I was especially curious about the rotary encoder and found out it’s used to control the volume when rotating the knob and to mute/unmute audio when pressing the knob.

Khadas Mind Khadas Mind Dock Windows 11

Khadas is also working on the Mind xPlay battery-powered portable display/laptop shell, and the Mind Graphics external NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060M GPU box for gaming and 3D graphics applications both using the Mind Link connector.

Khadas Mind teardown and some interesting findings

The Khadas Mind is not designed to be opened, but we can still try to have a look inside. There are four “star” screws located under the edge of the two rubber pads. One has a warranty-voiding sticker (see bottom right), so that’s one more reason for end-users not to open it.

Khadas Mind Teardown

The bottom cover comes out fairly easily, and the motherboard looks like a piece of art with tiny components, a neatly arranged WiFi antenna cable, and overall design.

Khadas Mind Intel Core i7-1360p motherboard

We can find a small WD PC SN740 NVMe SSD with 1TB capacity and an Intel AX211D2W wireless module with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity through internal two antennas. A spare M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 2230 SSD socket can also be found on the board as per the specifications, but I first thought to myself what a waste! since there’s no mounting thread… But after reading the documentation, I found out this socket is accessible from the outside by pressing on the right side of the plastic cover underneath the Khadas Mind mini PC.

Khadas Mind secondary NVMe SSD

The Mind Link connector is Khadas branded so it must really be a custom part.

Khadas Mind Link connector

During the teardown, we can also notice four magnets some of which are marked with “N”, plus one in the middle for the M.2 SSD cover. The magnets are used to ensure a good connection to the dock, and they seemed quite powerful to me, so I tried to use the Khadas Mind as an expensive fridge magnet, and it worked!!!

Mini PC with magnets

This could potentially enable some innovative mounting options, but with the weight of cables, I’m not sure I would trust it for this kind of higher-end device.

It’s really nice to see some innovation in the mini PC space, and I like what the Khadas Mind has to offer. We’ll find out how it performs in the second part of the review with Windows 11, and I also intend to test it with Ubuntu 22.04 sometime next month. Khadas has yet to announce pricing, but the Mind portable workstation does not look like a low-cost device at all with high-end specs and good build quality. For reference, it uses the same Intel Core i7-1360P processor as found in the Intel NUC 13 Pro “Arena Canyon” that sells for $919 on Amazon in the same 32GB/1TB configuration.

The Khadas Mind is now available on Kickstarter for $599 and up.

Continue reading:

  1. Khadas Mind Review – An ultra-thin Core i7-1360P mini PC tested with Windows 11
  2. Khadas Mind Premium review – Part 3: Ubuntu 22.04 tested on an Intel Core i7-1360P mini PC
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Tim
Tim
9 months ago

In these days of big monitors, I can see the appeal of this over a laptop. It’s certainly a niche, but will work for some.

tkaiser
tkaiser
9 months ago

> In these days of big monitors, I can see the appeal of this over a laptop

Me not since using laptops as main computer attached to big monitors for over two decades. Within the last decade the big office monitor became also some sort of a ‘Dock’ (Ethernet and USB hub integrated, connection via Thunderbolt or nowadays USB4).

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
9 months ago

Can dock and gpu be combined?

Strange i find that for an ordinary dock they wouldn’t use TB3 or USB4, as pcie5 seems to consume alot of power and dissipates alot of heat.

Also the dock seems not to have a lot of BW taking the USB 3 gen 1 ports into account, so TB should be enough by far…

A pity on the box itself there is only one proper USB-C port the second is just to attach a screen with DP/PD

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
9 months ago

Still sounds like a great toy with some room for improvements

tkaiser
tkaiser
9 months ago

> as pcie5 seems to consume alot of power and dissipates alot of heat

Why/how should PCIe Gen5 been used here? The GPU is only capable of Gen4 x8 and the Dock will work sufficiently at Gen2 speeds (curious whether they slapped something like a VL805 into the Dock providing the USB3 ports or the ‘vendor lock-in’ connector also carries a few SuperSpeed data lines).

Let’s hope Jean-Luc takes Device Manager screenshots that show width/speed of the Dock contents in his Windows review.

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
9 months ago

I don’t know more than what’s mentioned in the article: “a “Mind Link” connector with a PCIe 5.0 interface”

Maybe single lane pcie5? But why? Just was thinking about this while reading: https://www.golem.de/news/stromfresser-warum-pci-express-5-0-ssds-so-heiss-werden-2307-176026.html

In any case looks like the marketing department was in charge…

tkaiser
tkaiser
9 months ago

> Maybe single lane pcie5?

This would be a bit silly since then the GPU box would only negotiate Gen4 x1 (and the x8 limitation of the RTX 4060M is already widely criticized). So I would expect (at least) 8 lanes at the speed the other side of the connector is capable of so if this proprietary Khadas connector gets any adoption maybe in the future Gen5 capable peripherals will be made available.

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
9 months ago

Let’s hope you are right!

Would be a good way adding all sorts of more or less useful peripherals, including the mandatory NAS extension…

Gouwa
9 months ago

Yep, the Mind Link connector supports up to 8-lane PCIe 5.0 and 32Gbps per lane.

But just a note that as the cpu models (1340P/1360P) that we equipped on Mind 2023 only supports 4x PCIe 4.0, so the total bandwidth is 64Gbps as maximum.

Future Mind should be able to supports 256Gbps bandwidth in maximum.

tkaiser
tkaiser
9 months ago

Ah, that’s interesting. I wasn’t aware of PCIe Gen5 being only available on Raptor Lake CPUs with 6 or more performance cores 🙂

Will you document your connector and maybe elaborate on why you didn’t adopt/use Thunderbolt/USB4 in either Mind or the Dock?

Gouwa
9 months ago

Both USB-C ports featured with DP display and supports resolutions up to 8K60 🙂

persondb
persondb
9 months ago

> 1x USB 2.0 Type-C port with DP output, PD charging

I don’t think you can get Display Port output with only USB 2.0

itchy n scratchy
itchy n scratchy
9 months ago

You need all the lanes of USB 3 but you don’t have to connect a USB host to it, you just need a means to negotiate the alternate function to make use of the high-speed lanes

Tuff Pro
Tuff Pro
9 months ago

Ok this is really cool. This will be way too expensive to get in my country, but having the laptop and the GPU dock would be great to have a machine for work and console at the same time

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