The Tronsmart Ara X5 is a tiny desktop computer with an Intel Atom x5-8300 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 10 software.
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Geekbuying shipped me a demo unit, which I’m just starting to test. But so far it seems at least as powerful as most of the Windows mini PCs with Intel Bay Trail chips I’ve tested, and possibly a tad faster, as demonstrated by some initial benchmark tests.
Theoretically the new model should also have better graphics performance, thanks to its next-gen Intel HD integrated graphics.
Oh, and I can verify that my demo unit featured an activated Windows 10 license. That’s not always a given when you’re buying cheap Windows devices that are shipped from China.
The Ara X5 is a pretty compact device that looks more like a media player than a PC. but it has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, 10/100 Ethernet, and microSD card slots, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and support for dual-band 802.11ac WiFi.
The computer measures about 4.7″ x 4.5″ x 1.1″ and weighs just under half a pound. It’s a fanless system and the top of the computer can get a little warm during heavy usage, but the bottom stays relatively cool.