by | January 27, 2015 | Mini PC, Reviews

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Mele PCG03 was announced at the Hong Kong fair on October 2014, the Fanless mini PC is now available for purchase directly from Mele’s offical sales channels on Amazon, eBay and Aliexpress for 149USD including shipping.

We have finally received our PCG03 test unit and bellow are unboxing photos and a quick video.

Mele PCG03 Specifications

  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing NTE (32-bit)
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F (quad-core, 1.33 GHz), Burst freq up to 1.83 GHz
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3L 1333MHz
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC, expantable via SD/SDHC
  • LAN: 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • Connectivity: 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Video Out: HDMI 1.4, VGA
  • Audio Out: HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB: 3 x USB 2.0
  • Other: Power button, power LED, Kensington security lock
  • Power Supply: 12V/1A
  • Dimensions: 150 x 120 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 360 grams

As seen in the first photo the PCG03 comes with power adapter only, no other accessories.

 


Quick Mele PCG03 unboxing video for those who prefer.

 

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The box is made of plastic with a metal bottom plate where the main board is attached. Front of device we have a small blue LED power light and an unused button next to it.

 

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On left side of device we find a USB host port, SD card slot and the power button.

 

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At the back we find the Kingston security lock, power input, VGA port, HDMI port LAN port, two USB 2.0 ports, headphone jack and the WiFi antenna.

 

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The device is fairly easy to open, just remove four screws from the bottom plate….

 

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… and two screws from the back of device, the plastic cover can now be removed.

 

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PCG03 is using a modular design where the system module can be removed and easily replaced. This design allows future hardware upgrades and easier service repairs, Mele can also quickly upgrade to newer Intel solutions and models by saving cost on new designs.

 

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To unplug the system module two tiny screws have to be removed, the module is then removed by pressing two metal bits, similar to RAM slots.
The baseboard have an opening where the CPU is touching a thermal pad placed on top a metallic plate which allows more efficient cooling.

 

 

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The system module is the heart of the device. From top we find four Samsung K4B4G1646Q-HYKO DDR3 chips and one KLMBG4GEAC-B031 32GB eMMC chip, in the center is the Intel Atom Z3735F CPU and AXP288 power IC.

 

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Closeup of AXP288 power IC.

 

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The power adapter is rated at 12V/1A.

 

Booting Windows 8.1 on PCG03.

 

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First time you boot the PCG03 you will go through a standard Windows 8.1 setup. Once booted you have a clean desktop with minimal set of Microsoft apps, no crap ware here.

 

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Metro view.

 

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Only the essential drivers are installed. The supported resolution on the PCG03 is 1024 x 768 to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).

 

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The remaining on-board storage is 28.7GB, with Windows 8.1 taking up 16.7GB.

 

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PCG03 is running genuine and activated Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit version.

 

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Windows 8.1 Device manager in on PCG03.

 

 

8 Responses to “Unboxing Mele PCG03 Windows 8.1 Fanless mini PC”

  1. Naz

    Hey thanks for this unboxing and overview as well as an inside look. Judging from the interior view, do you think the the PCG03 has a better cooling system than the PIPO X7 and the Minix Z64? Just trying to get a better view of where these three devices stack up in terms of cooling.

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    • Tom Cn

      I have only the PCG03 on hand, Pipo X7 review by Issac will be posted in in few days so we may find out more about the cooling and internals.

      Z64 just started to ship out so no independent review yet, but judging from the Geekbyuing tear down video:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Dz3z3rLEQ#t=156

      The PCG03 has in my opinion the best solution for cooling from these 3 devices.

      Reply
  2. Donny Yeo

    Is there a jumper on the board to set it to automatically power on?

    Like on the Minix Neo X7.

    So, I just switch on the mains AC outlet, and it will start booting up without the need to press the power button on the PCG03. Can?

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  3. Toni86

    I am very excited for the test, when its good i can replace my Tronsmart Androd TV Box.

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  4. Phil Freeman

    I’d love to see how Kodi handles files that seem to ramp up the CPU usage and heat output on other similar boxes such as the X7.

    Reply

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