K8 Mini PC Review: Mini PC with an Integrated Flexible QWERTY Keyboard and Touchpad
Today we want to introduce you to K8 Mini PC review. The K8 Mini PC that you know is not only a mini PC, but the combination of mini PC with touchpad and flexible, foldable keyboard. This is a very ingenious solution 3-in-1, which is mobile and can certainly be used not only at home but also on a trip or in the office. K8 Mini PC is equipped with the popular Cherry Trail chip from Intel, namely the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail. Ensure you are curious as K8 Mini PC coped during testing. We do not want to give away too much, but we can tell you that it is really good 🙂 In this review we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using K8 Mini PC with Foldable Keyboard & Touchpad and answer the questions: how K8 Mini PC works in normal use, how copes with video playback (also in 4K) and that we stumbled upon some problems. We invite you to read. Together we follow the standard stages of our review. We invite you to read.
I want to say thanks to Gearbest store for sending us a K8 Mini PC with Foldable Keyboard & Touchpad to review. Now K8 Mini PC is available on Gearbest at Flash Sale for $146.99 + free shipping (nice!).
K8 Mini PC with Flexible Keyboard & Touchpad specifications:
- CPU – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz
- GPU – Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP)
- Memory – 4 GB DDR3L
- Storage – 64 GB eMMC flash (option for 32GB) + micro SD slot up to 128GB
- Touch Panel – 10 point capacitive touch panel
- Keyboard – 87-key flexible QWERTY keyboard
- Video Output – HDMI and VGA ports
- Audio I/O – HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack, built-in microphone
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 with external antenna
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB 3.0 port
- Misc – Power button; reset pinhole; power, standby LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V/3A
- Dimensions – 385 x 120 x 15 mm
What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:
- K8 Mini PC with Keyboard & Touchpad
- HDMI cable
- Power adapter 5V/3A (EU)
- Leather case
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more K8 Mini PC and bundled accessories.
First impressions, settings, overview of features
After opening the box with a mini PC, K8 Mini PC can be found in a leather carrying case (or similar to leather). It is a pity that the manufacturer did not do much case to hide the power adapter, then it would be all in one leather carrying case – K8 Mini PC + power supply.
K8 Mini PC with an integrated silicone keyboard is well made device with attention to detail and quality. Flexible silicone QWERTY keyboard has 87 keys and visually resembles a typical keyboard. On the right side of the whole unit is the heart of this unusual combination – mini PC.
When looking at mini PC can find the left side of the flexible keyboard an external wifi antenna. On one of the sides of the device you will find: HDMI port, VGA port and DC 5V/3A jack.
On the right side (looking at the keyboard) we find: USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0 port, Headphone out jack, micro SD card slot, Restore hole, Power button.
One more side (bottom), another reset hole?
At the the top cover of mini PC is a 10 point capacitive touch panel and status LEDs (worked, power, lock).
At the bottom of the device there are holes for the discharge of hot air.
The keyboard is flexible and foldable, it is also waterproof. After rolling silicone keyboard, the whole is the size of a mini PC. Below are some pictures.
The following comparison K8 Mini PC / Keyboard PC with wireless Logitech keyboard.
To use K8 Mini PC Keyboard you have to get used to. The touchpad is similar to a laptop and has many combinations of gestures, e.g. Double-click the touchpad, simulate the right mouse button, that pop-up menu.
The K8 Mini PC is powered up via the power button. Booting Windows 10 Home to the login window takes about 00:23.9 seconds. The K8 Mini PC comes with Windows 10 Home (activated). Updating the device downloads easily and correctly. Below are some screenshots.
There’s a single 57.6 GB C:/ drive that had 47.3 GB free space before installing Firefox and Adobe Flash. During the tests, Windows 10 Home runs without problems and stable. Installed Windows 10 has the most current drivers, but also you can check if there are new driver updates via the Intel Driver Update Utility. Below also screenshot of disk management, you can see all the disk partitions.
When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has UEFI 2.4. Below are a few screenshots.
The K8 Mini PC (except HDMI) has VGA connector. This allows you to connect an additional screen and dual display. Gen8 Intel HD Graphics GPU handles this without a problem.
Overall, there were no problems with the Wifi connection to Internet, but sometimes Wifi worked not stable. Below, several tests can be seen, the differences in connections. Also, interestingly is a streaming video on youtube by Chrome does not work smoothly and heavily used processor. Streaming video on youtube by Internet Explorer runs properly without delay. We also managed to play youtube videos without any problem in 4K. Below are a few screenshots.
K8 Mini PC runs at a resolution of FHD 1920×1080. For testing, we used also Gamepad GameSir G3s, and Xiaomi gamepad and also remote control app – Intel Remote Keyboard Host App. Intel has prepared a really great application, which allows using a smartphone (as in TV Boxes with Android OS) can be remotely (via WiFi) to use the mini PC. To perform test video was installed the latest stable version Kodi 16.1 Jarvis.
We tested K8 Mini PC how copes with the games. We launched a few simple games that we are testing with Android TV Boxes such as: Beach Buggy Racing and Jetpack Joyride, Asphalt 8: Airborne. Games work without a problem, handling through a flexible keyboard and gamepad as well (only) with Gamepad GameSir G3s, with Xiaomi gamepad the problem with drivers. Detection Xaomi gameped and pairing via Bluetooth without a problem.
Operating system and components
As I wrote earlier, K8 Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Home, the system is activated. K8 Mini PC is equipped with a well known Intel processor – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail (quad-core, @ 1.44GHz up to 1.8GHz) and Intel HD Gen8 Graphics GPU. On the following screens you can see components used (Information taken from the PerformanceTest 9.0 Evaluation Version ). HWiNFO64 detects Atom x5-Z8300 processor and its Gen8 GPU correctly. Below screenchots.
On screenshots in addition to the components and their properties, you can see the test results. Not hard to discern CPU temperature. The device heats up quite strongly, although this does not affect the operation. The touchpad is slightly warm, but the bottom of the device is quite hot. But as we wrote, if you do not hold K8 Mini PC on your lap, use will not be problematic 🙂
Performance tests and benchmarks
Video playback by Kodi 16.1 Jarvis runs smoothly and stable. MPC-HC runs smoothly and stable. K8 Mini PC with an Integrated Flexible QWERTY Keyboard and Touchpad without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and 1080p (24fps, 30fps,60fps) and also 4K (60fps) with various codecs video such as H.264, H.265, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB and audio – DTS and AC3. Dolby Digital 5.1 worked fine via HDMI. Also I tested several video formats – AVI, MKV, MP4 (typical formats in which it holds the majority of films) and also videos wasplayed without anyproblems. I was able to play back media from both my USB flash drives without any issues. The tested K8 Mini PC plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) without any major problems (Big Plus!). Also, as mentioned earlier, video playback on youtube in 4K working properly. Unfortunately, the sample VP9 4K do not work smoothly and there are artifacts. Format 1080p work correctly.
|MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps||OK|
|MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps||OK|
|H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps||OK|
|VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25Mbps||OK|
|VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs||OK|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||OK|
|Honey Bees – 96fps||OK|
|Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps||OK|
|Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0||OK|
|Tears of steel – 60fps||OK|
|HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400Mbps||Not smooth (without sound)|
|LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116Mbps||OK|
|Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8Mbps||Not smooth|
|Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||Not smooth|
|Demo Samsung 2014 TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||OK|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||OK|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv||Not smooth, artifacts|
K8 Mini PC Benchmarks
The K8 Mini PC scored 57084 on AnTuTu Benchmark v6.0.5 UWP Beta5, on GeekBech 4.0.3 scored: Single Core score – 649 and Multi Core score – 1984. K8 mini PC also scored 9276 on Ice Storm 1.2 (Graphics Score – 8822, Physics Score – 11314), and scored 717 on Sky Drive v1.0 (Graphics Score – 665, Physics Score – 1334, Combined Score – 650).
K8 Mini PC has the internal memory benchmarks: Read 71.73 MB/s – Write 28.14 MB/s. RAM copy speed was 23.54 MB/s. Below also the results of the CrystalDiskMark 3.0.4 and CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0
The K8 Mini PC is an interesting, and at the same time an unusual combination. This combination of mini PC with a flexible keyboard and touchpad instead of a standard mouse. This combination of 3-in-1 allows you to easily take with you on a journey, to the office or the hotel is own mini PC without additional accessories (except power supply). Also in the home K8 Mini PC will not take you a lot of space on your desk. In addition, K8 Mini PC with Flexible Keyboard & Touchpad is equipped with the Cherry Trail processor also has an additional VGA port for dual display. Plays typical video content in 1080p and copes well with the video in 4K (also with 60fps). Although the device (mini PC) quite strongly heats up from the bottom, it works smoothly. Indeed, a big advantage of the device are its capabilities in relation to its size when folded. The use of a flexible keyboard with integrated mini PC and touchpad on the top cover, it’s a great idea. To all this, keep in mind that the K8 Mini PC is a full legal mini PC with Windows 10. Therefore, if you do not have requirements for high performance and looking for a mini PC with windows 10 for daily use (basic activities like surfing the Internet, email, writing documents, watching movies (including streaming), playing games and other entertainment), which easily can fit in a jacket (taking into account that you do not have to take extra keyboard and mouse :)) the K8 Mini PC is for you. We recommend K8 Mini PC with an Integrated Flexible QWERTY Keyboard and Touchpad.