Chinese CPU maker Rockchip appears to have gone a long way to all but sewing up the mini PC market that it’s a cause of considerable surprise when we stumble upon a mini PC that doesn’t use a Rockchip CPU – like this US633 from Chinese brand U-SEEK.
It’s a HDMI plug-style model all but identical to Kimdecent’s T21 from late-2012, powered by a Nufront’s NS115 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU clocking in at 1.6GHz. It’s accompanied by 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. That storage is expandable via the MicroSD card slot, good for cards up to 32GB.
There’s only a single Type-A USB host port – the second microUSB option is for power only. As for networking, the US633 comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi as standard, but the company says Bluetooth is ‘optional’ so you’d want to check with any retailer before you buy about whether its included or not.
We’ve seen this one selling for as little as $47 including shipping on Aliexpress but at that price, we’re not sure but we’re thinking you won’t get Bluetooth.
Nufront doesn’t have the profile of Rockchip or Allwinner but a report on cnx-software.com suggests the dual-core NS115 delivers performance levels that are roughly between Amlogic’s AML8726-MX and Rockchip’s RK3066. Since it’s not a commonly used chip, finding custom ROMs for this one will likely be difficult. While it looks identical to the Kimdecent T21, there’s no guarantee ROMs for that device would work here. It’s not uncommon for different Wi-Fi chips to be used, in which case, any non-genuine ROM could reduce your Wi-Fi functionality to rubble.
|Processor||Nufront NS115 dual-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP|
|Operating system||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Bluetooth||4.0 (optional, TBC)|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||1.3/1.4|
|Dimensions||89 x 27 x 10mm|
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