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XIDU PhilMac Review: Mini PC for Entertainment and Work

We had the opportunity to test the XIDU PhilMac Mini PC, so today we can show you the XIDU PhilMac review.

As you know, XIDU PhilMac is the first Mini PC in XIDU’s brand portfolio. Most devices are laptops. PhilMac Mini PC has a coherent design with other XIDU’s products, is aesthetically pleasing, and stylistic refers to the design of Apple.

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How the first Mini PC from XIDU works and whether it is worth buying XIDU PhilMac, you will find out in our review.

Should XIDU expand its portfolio with more Mini PCs, we can tell you right now that yes, it should. In contrast, the XIDU brand should start building more efficient devices, and why? Check out our XIDU PhilMac review.

Availability and price

I want to say thanks to the XIDU brand (Shenzhen Baohuazhong Technology Co., Ltd. company) for sending us a XIDU PhilMac to review.

XIDU PhilMac Mini PC now is available for $199.99 at Official stores: 

Product Details

XIDU PhilMac Review

XIDU PhilMac Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Celeron J4115 “Gemini Lake” Quad-core (up to 2.5 GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 128GB eMMC
  • Expanded memory: 128GB SD Card ( the SD card not included)
  • WiFi: 2.4G+5.0G Dual WiFi 802.11ac
  • Ethernet: 1000Mbps LAN
  • Bluetooth: BT4.2
  • Ports: 1 x Power Button 1 x DC-in Port 3 x Standard USB 3.0 Port 1 x HDMI Port 1 x VGA Port 1 x RJ45 (1000Mbps network connection) 1 x Headphone microphone jack 1 x SD card slot 1 x Reset jack
  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 2.3 cm
  • Weight: 322 g

The box included:

  • XIDU PhilMac Mini PC
  • Power Adapter with EU plug
  • User Manual
XIDU PhilMac Review

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more XIDU PhilMac Mini PC and bundled accessories.

XIDU PhilMac Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features

The XIDU PhilMac is a well-made Mini PC, with great attention to detail. The PhilMac design makes a great impression. This is one of the nicer Mini PCs that we’ve tested. As we mentioned at the beginning, the aesthetic design and color of the aluminum casing refer to other XIDU’s products and Apple style.

There is the XIDU logo on the top of the aluminum housing. There is a Power LED indicator on the front panel. On the right side there is an SD card slot, and 2x USB 3.0, and a Power button. There is a VGA port on the other side. On the back we find DC in, USB 3.0 port, HDMI port, 3.5mm Headset Jack, Reset hole. There are also openings on the sides of the case for better ventilation. It is worth mentioning that PhilMac has been equipped with a fan (active cooling), which is a big plus. The fan noise is not bothersome and you get used to it quickly. Pictures below.

PhilMac Mini PC Overview

XIDU PhilMac Mini PC comes with Windows 10 Home (activated).  The device downloads Microsoft Updates easily and correctly. There’s a single 114.04GB C:/ drive. During the tests, Windows 10 Home runs without problems and stable

Mini PC runs at a resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (but if you connect a 4K monitor you get a resolution up to 4K 60fps). Philmac supports dual display via VGA port. Intel HD Graphics 600 GPU handles this without any problem. There were no problems with the Wifi and Ethernet connection to the Internet (Ethernet: Download 942.34Mbps, Upload 300.52Mbps, WiFi: Download 238.74Mbps, Upload 273.99Mbps). We launched a few games such as Beach Buggy Racing, Asphalt 9: Legends, and Moder Combat 5: eSports FPS. XIDU PhilMac is not a gaming PC, but it allows for entertainment.

When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has BIOS Version UEFI 2.7; PI 1.6, core version 5.13. To perform video tests we installed also a Kodi 18.8 “Leia”. Below you will find many screenshots, we encourage you to browse.

Operating system and components: XIDU PhilMac review

As we wrote earlierPhilMac Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Home Editionthe system is activatedMini PC is equipped with an Intel Celeron J4115Gemini Lake” Quad-core (up to 2.5 GHz) and Intel® UHD Graphics 600 (up to 750 MHz). On the following screens, you can see components used (information is taken from the PerformanceTest 9.0, CPU-Z, and HWiNFO64). HWiNFO64 detects Intel Celeron J4115 as Intel Atom 1800 processor and its HD Graphics 600 GPU Gemini lake. Below screenshots.

Video Tests

Video playback by Kodi 18.8 runs often not smooth. A liquidity problem for large files with 10-bit HEVC. The following table of video samples tested.

Typical 1080pKodi 18.8
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6MbpsOK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6MbpsOK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2MbpsOK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25MbpsOK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8MbsOK
Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90MbpsOK
4K Video 
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps OK
Honey Bees – 96fpsOK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10MbpsOK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVCOK
Tears of steel – 60fpsOK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400MbpsNot smooth
LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116MbpsOK
Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8MbpsOK
Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsOK
Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51MbpsOK
H.265/VP9 Video 
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsOK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080pOK
VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmvOK

We also tested playback via Youtube 4K on three browsers: ChromeFirefox, and Internet Explorer. On all browsers, Youtube video playback in 4K (2160p) resolution was smooth. PhilMac supports also Netflix HD via Netflix app from Microsoft store.

XIDU PhilMac Benchmarks

Below you will find screenshots of the tests carried out.

XIDU PhilMac Review: Conclusions

XIDU PhilMac Review

XIDU PhilMac is a beautifully made Mini PC that you can easily take with you to the office, on a trip, or put on your home desk (it looks very aesthetic). Unfortunately, its performance is not impressive. However, for browsing the Internet, games that do not require performance, video streaming, playing 4K video, working with documents, the XIDU PhilMac is sufficient. If you are looking for a universal Mini PC for entertainment and work, the XIDU PhilMac should satisfy you.

XIDU PhilMac

$199.99
8.2

PERFORMANCE

7.0/10

USABILITY

8.0/10

FEATURES

8.3/10

DESIGN

9.5/10

VALUE

8.2/10

Pros

  • Windows is activated
  • Fast WiFi
  • Good video playback via Kodi, Youtube, Netflix HD
  • Stable work, Built-in fan
  • Aesthetic design

Cons

  • Performance could be better
  • HDMI cable not included
  • No bracket or VESA support for mounting on the back of the monitor

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