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W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) Review: Mini PC with Windows 10 powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail

Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail is the most popular processor from Intel which can be found in the mini PC. On the market we have many manufacturers and many models of mini PCs equipped with the Cherry Trail processor. One of them is a mini PC called W8 Pro (model: CX-W8 Pro, WIntel Pro). Therefore, today we want to introduce you to W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC review. In this review we want to bring you the the features and impressions of using W8 Pro mini PC and answer the questions: how W8 Pro works in normal use, how copes with video playback at 4K and that we stumbled upon some problems. We invite you to read.

I want to say thanks to Well Global company (Shenzhen WellGlobal Electronic Co.,Limited) for sending us a W8 Pro mini PC to review. Persons / distributors interested W8 Pro mini PC can contact through the Well Global website or directly via e-mail: sales1(at)wellglobal.cnCX-W8 Pro (Wintel W8 Pro) is also available on Gearbest for $85.68 + free shipping.

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W8 ProW8 Pro mini PC Technical Specification:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail (quad-core, up to 1.8GHz)
  • GPU: Intel HD Gen8 Graphics
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI (1.4), 3.5mm Audio Output Earphone
  • Connectivity: 802.1 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek8723), Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Interfaces: 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI (1.4), 1x microSD card slot,1x micro USB OTG, 1x Earphone jack, DC jack
  • Other: Power button, power LED
  • Power Supply: 5V/3A
  • Dimensions: 98 x 98 x 22.3mm
  • Weight: 246g

What’s in the box?

W8 Pro mini PC

What we find in the box? The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter 5V/3A (EU)
  • Quick Start Guide
CX-W8 Pro

W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC and Accesories (Click to Enlarge)

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more W8 Pro – Wintel Pro and bundled accessories.

First impressions

W8 Pro (model CX-W8 Pro) is solidly made small mini PC (98 x 98 x 22.3mm) in housing with high-quality plastic. At the top of the housing cover a sample that we received has still mark Wintel from the previous version (CX-W8). The new cover will have the designation Wintel Pro. Below is a picture of a marketing brochure.

W8 Pro

Also at the bottom of the box are the specifications of the previous version of the CX-W8. The correct specification can be found above and on our video, when we put the correct specification.

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The specifications of the previous version of CX-W8

On the front panel Wintel Pro (W8 Pro) was placed Power button with Power LED. On one side is a two USB 2.0 port, and micro SD card slot. On the rear panel are: headset port, RJ45 Fast Ethernet port, HDMI 1.4 port, micro USB (OTG) and 5V/3A DC jack. Below the real pictures.

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At the bottom of the device there are a small rubber to prevent slipping device, and there is the model designation.

W8 Pro

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As we said at the beginning of W8 Pro is a small mini PC (98 x 98 x 22.3mm). Below pictures W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) compared to matchbox.

The W8 Pro mini PC is powered up via the power button. Booting Windows 10 Home to the “main screen” takes about 00:23.7 seconds. The CX-W8 Pro comes with Windows 10 Home. Windows is not activated, and you can not activate it, you need to buy a license. On the other hand updates can be downloaded without a problem. There’s a single 28.2GB C:/ drive that had 13.6GB free space before installing Firefox and Adobe Flash. During the tests, Windows 10 Home runs without problems, 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. I had no problem with Ethernet and WiFi connection to my router. Below some screenshots.

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In addition to the standard keyboard and mouse,I used also Xiaomi gamepad and 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 16.0 Jarvis.

kodi 16.0 jarvis

Also, to tests ran the most famous games that we tested on Android TV Boxes – Beach Buggy Racing and Jetpack Joyride. Games work without a problem, handling through a standard keyboard and mouse as well. On the other hand I was not able to play using Xiaomi gamepad – the problem with drivers. Detection Xaomi gameped and pairing via Bluetooth without a problem, but I had to visit many forums to find a solution on Xiaomi Gamepad compatibility with Windows 10. Despite the use of several solutions I could not play Beach Buggy with Xiaomi gamepd (like solve the problem let you know).

zidoo x1 gamesOperating system and components

As I wrote earlier, W8 Pro mini PC runs on Windows 10 Home, the system is is not activated and you can not activate it, you need to purchase licenses. CX-W8 Pro 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 exactly the components used and their specification (Information taken from the AIDA64 app and Intel HD Graphics Control Panel). HWiNFO64 detects Atom x5-Z8300 processor and its Gen8 GPU correctly. Below screenchots.

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Performance tests and benchmarks

Video playback by Kodi 16.0 Jarvis runs smoothly and stable. W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC without problem seems plays movies with the resolution of 480p,720p and1080p(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 was played without anyproblems. I was able to play back media from both my USB flash drive and USB-powered 2.5″ HDD without any issues. The tested W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC plays video files in 4K (also 60fps) without any major problems (Big Plus!).  Unfortunately, playback video in 4K on Youtube was not stable, and did not work smoothly. Format 1080p work correctly.

Typical 1080p KODI
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
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4K Video
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
Cinemartin H265/HEVC OK
Tears of steel – 60fps OK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps OK
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H.265/VP9 Video
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps OK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080p OK

 

CX-W8 Pro mini PC Benchmarks

The W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC scored  on  GeekBech 3: Single Core score – 732 and Multi Core score – 2090. Below some of screenshots.  The mini PC also scored 7030 on Ice Storm 1.2 (Graphics Score-9054, Physics Score- 3945)

Below the results of the PC Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark 3.0.4 and CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2

Below the results of the PC Benchmark.

Conclusions

W8 ProThe W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC is worth interest. First of all, it is a small pocket-sized mini PC, which is the heart of Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor  supports UHD [email protected] HW decoding, multiple formats including H.265 10-bit, H.264, AVS+ and also FHD 1080p @60fps HW encoding, H.264. Plays typical video content in 1080p and copes well with the video in 4K (also with 60fps). The W8 Pro mini PC runs on Windows 10 Home quickly and stable, so that you can be a fully enjoy Windows 10 you should buy the full license cost in addition to about $30, therefore for about $120, we have the mini PC with activated Windows 10. Once again I want to say thanks to Well Global company for sending us a CX-W8 Pro sample. So if you are looking for a portable mini PC with asmall dimensions, stable working and having Windows 10 this W8 Pro mini PC is for you. W8 Pro well suited to home and small business. We recommend W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC.

W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC

$85.68
W8 Pro (CX-W8 Pro) mini PC
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Performance

9.0/10

Usability

9.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Design

9.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Fast & Stable work
  • Good 4K video playback
  • Good performance
  • Small size
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Can not activate Windows
  • Not smooth video 4K on Youtube

  • ziocozzo

    4k @60hz via HDMI 1.4???

    • ast_team

      No, the resolution via HDMI 1.4 to a maximum of 4k @24hz, but the video sample with 4K 60fps is playing very well.

    • Hakan EROGLU

      Intel HD Graphics 8th Gen has HDMI 1.4 and the maximum resolution for output is 1920×1080 pixels.

  • ekihd

    Hello, I have a 2560 x 1440 /60hz Display, is this resolution supported?

    • ast_team

      I think not, but I can not confirm on 100% (there is only HDMI 1.4)

    • Hakan EROGLU

      It is not supported! Max. resolution is 1080p.

  • pioppone

    good review 🙂

    the case is really small, the temperature is ok? no trottling ??

    • ast_team

      The device heats up as most of the market for this type of devices (passive cooling). But during testing and use there were no problems with stability.

  • Ponpon

    Hi everyone
    It’s possible to boot on a linux usb key or install linux ??

  • Alvin Si

    Can you give more details on the H.265 10-bit performance? The Z8300 AFAIK does not support 10-bit decoding so surprised to see it listed here. You can use test files from here – http://jell.yfish.us/

    • ast_team

      Unfortunately, the Z8300 does not support video 10-Bit H.265, video playback does not work or work very, very not smooth.

  • ast_team

    OK, how do tests I’ll let you know

  • VoDaCZ

    This PC box is trully crap… I bought one from aliexpress… Its look like a pre-sample, because in devices u can see the camera and others, what this PC never seen it… In the bios is huge mess look like it universal for meny other devices… But huge problem are drivers… Because EFi accept just 64bit Windows only, and drivers just exist for 32bit windows only… When u reinstalled for new registered windows, u are in deep shit… And many drivers in preinstalled windows doesnt working well like HDMI audio and Analog Audio drivers… Test working well, but u hearing anything… Dont be stupid like me and never bought this crap… Maybe after half year, when somebody make better EFI and 32bit support…

    • Anith kumar

      absolutely true.. still searching 64 bit drivers..

      • Tomasz Zieliński

        Yes, You right there is no 65bit drivers, the only hope is to find some one who not reinstall windows 10 and ask him to make a dump of drivers with http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm. 🙁 im trying to find that person but no luck Anith maybe You have a better news ?

        • Anith kumar

          Still Bluetooth not working, I bought HDMI to VGA adapter with 3.5 audio jack out .. to connect my monitor through VGA and audio out for normal speakers.. My HP monitor easily organised it..

    • Tomasz Zieliński

      Not true, everything working fine on preinstalled windows, when I typing this I just now listening HDaudio over hdmi from Dezzer app.

  • Mihail

    hello, who can help me. I broke bios. who can do a dump of the BIOS

  • Martin R.

    I have opened the device
    to see whether it’s possible to tune up the heat problem. It’s
    very tricky: There is a 2mm grey Thermal Pad between the cpu and the
    heat spreader. On the board, many other chips and components around
    are a little bit higher than the processor. So you need a distance of
    at least 2mm or the other components will collide with the heat
    spreader. That’s why you won’t be able to fill the gap with
    thermal paste. In fact, originally there is one chip that lies so
    high, that it already collides with the heat spreader and thus the
    whole head spreader hasn’t the same distance to the board at all
    areas! And as it is not a cpu but a chipset heat spreader, it is only
    connected with two pins to the board. I had to abrade some material
    from the bottom of the heat spreader in order to have it lieing
    evenly on the board. So I see two solutions:

    Using a better 1,5 – 2mm
    thermal pad with higher conductivity or abrade the whole bottom of
    the head spreader except the middle so that the highest point is
    where the cpu is and then: using thermal paste :-O

    Has anyone else some
    ideas?

  • Izzy

    How did you activate Windows 10???? it seems an impossible task

    • ast_team

      You can not activate Windows because it is already activated (a specially prepared version of the manufacturer / activated by the manufacturer). If you want to have a real Windows and activate it you need to buy original license or work on a pre-installed.

      • Izzy

        Unfortunately you aren’t right. It keeps asking for activation all the time, you can’t customize it without activating

      • Tomasz Zieliński

        I reinstall it and now i have a problem with drivers 🙁 , ast_team can You dump it using a double driver software ? PLS

  • Izzy

    Unfortunately you aren’t right. I can’t customize it since it’s asking constantly for activation

    • Tony Bullone

      Yes you can. The important is to arrive in the classic user interface setting, and not the new one.

  • Tony Bullone

    Where is possible download the driver? I want to format the device and delete the restore file, too.

    • Tomasz Zieliński

      Tony You can dump the drivers with http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm it will take just a moment, i already reinstall windows and i do not do this 🙁 so if You dump Yours i will be very very appreciated if You share Your dump.

  • Zhang许仙

    hi , Can have access bios ? can boot on usb key ? can install Linux ?

    • ast_team

      Hi, There is access to the bios, you can set the boot from USB, someone install Ubuntu, but does not work well

      • Zhang许仙

        thank you for the answer

  • Tomasz Zieliński

    I reinstall windows, to Windows 10 64bit, but i can’t find a drivers for BT and WiFI, can some on who dump me the drivers with http://www.boozet.org/dd.htm ? i will be thanks full, it will take just a moment.

    • mitsarasss

      Do you still need the drivers?

      • Tomasz Zieliński

        Nope, but thanks

    • Jose Angelo Tajores Taboada

      can you show me how to reinstall windows 10?, can you provide me steps and link?, thank you so much..
      i have problem on my wintel pro, it only boot up to BIOS area only i can’t even see windows logo on it after that it will restart so on and so fort..

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2d03497918b2ee454ff5d5f32cf83c8f9879f5562342bc11992459bdcb2970f.jpg

      • Tomasz Zieliński

        Make bootable USB and simply reinstall
        https://www.microsoft.com/pl-pl/software-download/windows10

        Remember that windows delivered with Wintel is illegal and when You reinstall You will have to buy a licence.
        After reinstall You will need a system drivers for Wintel also,i You want i can upload it for You somewhere but not now because i have it on a different drive and it take a while.

  • Zsolt Stogica

    I switched on my new Wintel Pro mini PC, and there is no sound neither on my TV via HDMI cable nor on my headphone via bluetooth. Can sy help me to solve these problems?

  • Salami

    hi all

  • Salami

    hi all

  • Salami
  • Doron Amzaleg

    hi’ can i install windows 7 on this box?

    • Jose Angelo Tajores Taboada

      hi doron, did you figured it out on installing windows 7 on it?, is there a support driver?,