So last night I was catching up on all the videos from folks I subscribe to and I ran across a video from Alex (RedSkull) on the MeLe PCG02 mini-PC. This is one interesting little device and I will be attaching that video to this article.
So after watching the video and checking out the specs I began to think how could this thing be used? Then I began to think, since it is an Intel Apollo Lake N3450 based device, how would it stack up to say a Zotac Ci327. Obviously size is a factor but so is the ability to expand RAM and storage and temperatures.
So let us get right to where to find these devices and then the specs. The MeLe PCG02 can be found on Geekbuying right now for $179. You can find the Zotac Ci327 over at Newegg at this link for $149.
Both devices run the Intel N3450 processor and Intel 500 graphics. That is where the similarities pretty much end. The MeLe comes with Win10 home installed and activated and an eMMC 32 GB drive. You can of course add a microSD card for storage expansion. You are also limited to the 4 GB RAM on-board. The Zotac is a bare bones kit and you will need to get a Sata 3 SSD drive and some RAM. You will also need a Win 10 license which can be quite inexpensive.
However, with the Zotac you will end up with faster reads and writes and be able to select your storage and RAM options. You can put in up to 8 GB of RAM.
The MeLe may have some heat issues depending on how you use it, although as I point out in the video, you can buy some of those little stick on rubber bumpers to the bottom to increase airflow below the PC. The Zotac has ventilation on all sides and has small rubber feet already and heat will not be an issue in 99.99% of all use cases.
Cost wise the MeLe PCG02 will be the overall winner. For ports and cooling and a little more horsepower the Zotac will be the winner. This will all depend on your use scenario.
So let us go right to those videos, first is my comparison and recommendation followed by Redskull’s hands on review of the MeLe PCG02. Make sure to like and subscribe to both channels!
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