Mini PC’s aren’t exactly new. Businesses like to use them because of their small form factor. They take up less real estate on what might be a smaller desktop. Gaming mini PC’s usually catch my attention pretty quickly due to the fact that I don’t have a lot of room in my house for a full-size desktop gaming PC. I’m actually one of the 37 people that bought an Alienware Alpha. You know, the thing Alienware released because they were tired of waiting on Steam OS to be ready? Enter the Chuwi HiGame. The HiGame isn’t quite live on Indiegogo at the time of this writing. Let’s take a look at what we do know though.
Chuwi HiGame Specs
The full specs aren’t quite known yet. Chuwi promised to open the Indiegogo campaign on May 29th. Those of us that signed up for updates were treated to an email basically stating ‘we need 2 more weeks’. Here is what we have according to what is currently on Indiegogo:
- 8th-Gen Intel Core i5/i7
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD (2.5″ and M.2)
- Radeon RX Vega M GPU
There’s not a lot of info, but what is there is worth getting excited about. I have to start with the Processor and GPU. This is going to be the collaboration between Intel and AMD to produce a processor and GPU on a single chip. The performance on these is a little off the charts considering how small it is. Another thing I noticed is the fact that there is space for both a 2.5″ SSD and an M.2 drive. Chances are you’ll get the former to keep costs down a bit. Chuwi makes it clear your RAM and Storage is “Upgrade friendly”.
This is your basic ‘business in the front, party in the back’ type scenario. On the front, we’re looking at a power button and a single Thunderbolt 3 (external GPU?). Make your way to the party and you’ll see; headphone and mic jacks, 5 USB 3.0 ports, 2 DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 HDMI ports, and the power port. This is a pretty impressive array of ports, although I think I would rather see the headphone and mic jacks combined into one.
Intel makes an absolutely gorgeous like this:
…Although it is a bit on the pricey side. If Chuwi can impress on the specs we don’t know, while keeping the price down they may have a winner on their hands. One thing to keep in mind, is that Intel has a proven track record. Chuwi? Not so much. I for one will be keeping my eye on this, I would love to see price and final specs.
What about you? Has Chuwi been able to make you drool enough to back their project? Let us know in the comments if you’ll be getting one!