The Chinese company Alfawise now offers a compact mini PC named Alfawise T1 at a reasonable price, which should be particularly suitable for playing multimedia content and should also provide enough power for all everyday applications. What’s more, the Alfawise T1 includes a quad-core Intel Gemini Lake N4100 chip, which is more than enough to run Windows 10 without problems.
The Intel Gemini Lake processors are a low-cost processor for entry-level notebooks, 2-in-1 tablets and compact desktops. They are marked with the names Celeron and Pentium Silver, consume between 6 and 10 watts of power, and come in dual-core and quad-core versions. Gemini Lake is the successor to the Intel Apollo Lake chips that have powered these devices over the last year or so, and those chips are successors to the Intel Atom chip line that was virtually discontinued a while ago.
Alfawise T1: Package and accessories
The box in which the Alfawise T1 Mini PC is shipped measures 17.2cm long x 14.5cm wide and 9.2cm thick and weighs around 1.25kg. Inside it, in addition to the device, we find a series of useful accessories for the correct and optimal functioning of the Mini PC: power cable, 80mm HDMI cable plus another equal but only 20mm. It also includes a support and two user manuals, of which one of them brings us a series of instructions to activate the system effectively.
The Alfawise T1 mini PC measures only 16 x 13.45 x 3.2 cm and weighs only 407 grams. It has, in the front, with a USB port type C, two USB 3.0, a Micro SDXC card reader and the start button of the machine. There is also a small LED indicator and a small hole that houses a microphone integrated in the motherboard. The latter will be used to control voice control applications such as Cortana. On the back, we discovered a Kensington Lock anti-theft port along with the reset switch, a 12-volt power input, a VGA port and an HDMI output. The Ethernet connector, the two additional USB 3.0 ports and the 3.5 mm headphone jack with microphone complete the device.
If the case looks familiar, it is almost identical to the Beelink S1 Mini PC powered by Intel Celeron N3450, which was launched recently. The dimensions are the same, the ports, buttons and expansion options are distributed in the same way. Only the logo, the color tone and the image on the top cover are different. We do not know for sure if, in any way, Alfawise and Beelink are related or if they simply buy their cases and components from the same supplier. Anyway, it’s always nice to see another low-cost, low-power PC for people looking to build a home theater, a home server, a digital signage system or another device where size and price are more important than performance.
In addition to all the above, its design is ideal to be placed behind a monitor, wall or on a piece of furniture through the VESA support that is included. In this way the discomfort of not knowing how and where to place it is avoided. So you can easily assemble a work station or compact entertainment.
The Alfawise T1 mini PC comes with an Intel Celeron N4100 chip. The Gemini-Lake x86 quad-core processor is capable of reaching 2.40GHz in turbo mode and includes an Intel UHD Graphics GPU with 12EU and a maximum speed of 700mhz which is capable of playing 4K @60fps video. The main memory has a size of 4GB of DDR4 RAM , while the storage memory eMMC 5.0 is 64 GB. On the other hand, we have an Intel 3165 chip that provides us with Wifi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0. The adoption of all the above plus its Intel HD 600 graphic circuit will allow the solution to offer a video output capable of delivering an Ultra HD signal.
Among the details of the specifications that we like most about this mini PC we highlight its storage options since we have, on the one hand, its internal SATA bay for 2.5-inch drives located at the bottom and, on the other hand, an internal connector M.2 where we can connect another SSD with this interface.
This Mini PC is ideal for those looking for a familiar interface to use on a large screen TV. Setting it up is as easy as any TV Box and if you have any difficulty doing so, it’s just a matter of following the instructions in the manual. It also ships with a clean version of Windows 10 OS 64-bit. The device not only serves as a media center in your living room, but can also perform some lightweight productivity tasks. Of course, remember that its biggest attraction is the ability to project content up to 4K and 60fps.
The big favorite in this Mini PC is Cortana, the Microsoft AI that will be your best assistant. Thanks to it you can set reminders, recognize natural voice without the need to enter the keyboard and answer questions using information from the Bing search engine. Cortana is currently available in English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, depending on the software platform and the region in which it is used.
Alfawise T1 Specifications
|OS:||Windows 10, Linux|
|Processor:||Intel GEMINI LAKE Celeron N4100|
|GPU:||Intel HD Graphics 600|
|External storage:||Memory card or 2T SSD|
|Decoder format:||H.264, H.265, HD MPEG4|
|Video format:||AVI, DAT, ISO, MKV, MP4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM, WMV|
|Audio format:||AAC, APE, FLAC, MP3, OGG, RM, WAV|
|Image format:||GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG|
|5.1 surround audio output:||Do not|
|Wifi:||Yes. 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 5G|
|Bluetooth:||Yes. Version 4.0|
|Interfaces:||Slot for memory card, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3.5mm, Ethernet, USB Type C, VGA, DC-in, Microphone|
|HDMI:||Yes. Version 2.0|
|RJ45 port speed||1000M|
|Power supply||Charging adapter|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT|
|Dimensions of the product:||16.00 x 13.45 x 3.20 cm|
|Dimensions of the package:||17.20 x 14.50 x 9.20 cm|
|It includes:||Alfawise T1 Mini PC, charging adapter, two HDMI cables (80mm and 20mm), user manual in English, support.|
Where to buy Alfawise T1
If we have aroused your interest in the Alfawise T1 Mini PC and are thinking, what is the price of this product and where can I buy it? Well, we have the excellent news that it is available in the Gearbest.com online store for a cost of $219.99. To make your shopping experience easier and faster, below we leave the direct links to the product pages. And if you want to know another similar device, we recommend the Mecool M8S Pro.