Kodlix U500 Mini PC Review

So today we have another Kodlix mini PC the Kodlix U500, and I am beginning to ask the question if this is the future of online streaming. Most if not all Android TV boxes are plagued by limited resources because the general public is not willing to spend a couple dollars more to invest in some good hardware. However, things are starting to change as more people are demanding better high-end hardware to stream content and perform other activities on mini devices. In this review I present to you a way to to enjoy the best of both Windows 10 operating system and Android operating system, on hardware that’s made by the best manufactures of computing hardware in the world that is Intel.

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CPU GPU specs – https://ark.intel.com/products/84695/Intel-Core-i3-5005U-Processor-3M-Cache-2-00-GHz-

Network adapter specshttps://ark.intel.com/products/89450/Intel-Dual-Band-Wireless-AC-3165

Kodlix Full test sheet

http://www.mediafire.com/file/i8lq1q6n8ongreg/U500_Introduction_Presentation_rev1.0%281%29.pdf

Android X86http://www.android-x86.org/download

Kodlix U500 Websitehttp://www.kodlix.com/1837/

U500 Hardware

This Kodlix U500 is all about its hardware. Just say the word Intel and you guaranteed to have a solid device in your hands, and in the U500 it’s no different. Not only you have premium hardware, but hardware you can upgrade also. You can upgrade the RAM and the M2 SATA internal card. You also have the option to add and additional hard-drive or SSD. See the specs below.

  • CPU – Intel Core i3-5005U Processor(3M Cache, up to 2.0GHz)
  • GPU – Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM – DDR3L 8GB 1600 SODIMM (16GB single Sodimm MAX)
  • ROM – 128GB M.2 2280 NGFF SSD (512GB M2 MAX)
  • WiFi – Dual Band 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz
  • Bluetooth – 4.2 Support
  • LAN – 1000 Mbps
  • CPU cooling fan

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U500 IO Ports

The Kodlix U500 comes with some of the best IO ports in the industry. These ports make this mini PC ideal for office presentations, electronic projects, and even to act as a home entertainment device.

  • 2 HDMI 2.0 (Dual Monitor Display)
  • 1 RJ45 LAN
  • 1 Earphone jack
  • 1 Reset button 2 USB 2.0
  • 2 USB 2.0 / 2 USB 3.0 / 1 USB Type C
  • 1 Micro SD card reader
  • 1 SATA storage expansion bay (2TB Max)

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Windows Operating System and apps

The Kodlix U500 runs on a licensed Windows 10 professional 64-bit operating system. There is no restrictions to the Windows operating system you can install any program you like and it will work unless the program requires more powerful hardware like video editing programs. In this review I installed a full version of Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and they all worked well without issues, making this PC great for doing a power point presentation. I also install my favorite Antivirus software and protected this PC from viruses, spam, and malware.

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Entertainment Features

What I enjoyed the most on this mini PC is the entertainment features. I watched Netflix in HD quality, YouTube in 8K quality, Cast my phone to it, and the gaming was really impressive for games 5GB and under, which it most small games but really exciting games from the Windows store.

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Windows Game Snapshots

I played GT Racing 2, Asphalt 9, and Modern Combat 5 and the pictures are not doing the graphics detail much justice. Take my word for it the graphics details are really good.

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Windows 10 Benchmarks

  • Antutu – 167797
  • Geekbenck 4 – 2368 single-core / 4344 multi-core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – 26,939
  • Cloud Gate – 3888
  • RAM Copy speed – 8674 MB/s
  • ROM Speed – 406 MB/s Read / 507MB/s Write
  • WiFi Speed – MAX Speed on all bands and LAN 1000Mbps

 

Personal Unofficial Android X86 Dual Boot Project

Android X86 Bios Settings

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Root Access and No Root Access

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Android X86 Benchmarks

  • Antutu – 154773
  • Geekbenck 4 – 2545 single-core / 4837 multi-core
  • Ice Storm Extreme – MAX
  • Cloud Gate – 3704
  • Slingshot Extreme – 2768
  • RAM Copy speed – 12,526 MB/s
  • ROM Speed – 491 MB/s Read / 404MB/s Write
  • WiFi Speed – MAX Speed on all bands and LAN 1000Mbps

Android Gaming Snapshots (with gamepad Key-mapping)

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Final Thoughts

For the price there are lots of things you can do on the Kodlix U500. The hardware is excellent and from Intel, the benchmark scores are really high in comparison to Android Amlogic and Rockchip boxes. On the Windows 10 OS you have Netflix in HD and 4K, YouTube up to 8K quality, and really good gaming. The storage options are really impressive on this mini PC, you can upgrade to a 512GB SSD M2 card, or a 2TB SSD hard drive. You the best IO ports in the industry, including dual HDMI display. The PC comes with a built-in laptop CPU cooling fan. For the Android X86 fans you can install the latest Android X86 r1 onto the M2 and the SATA expansion port. 

The only issue I had was that some of my 4K video samples had some difficulty playing. 

from TV Box Stop http://tvboxstop.com/windows-tv-box/kodlix-u500-intel-core-i3-windows-10-mini-pc-review/

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