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GULEEK i8 is a tiny Windows 8.1 PC with built-in battery

by Mark Tyson on 29 December 2014, 12:50

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If you are in the market for a cheap Windows PC, the GULEEK i8 compact desktop computer might be worth considering. It sports a 15.1 x 8.2 x 1.1cm chassis plus a built-in battery, which is usually absent from these pocket-sized, screen-less, low-power PCs.

Running Windows 8.1, the made-in-China GULEEK i8 features a set of specs which seems to be poached from the world of entry level Windows tablets. It is powered by an Intel Bay Trail Z3735F quad-core CPU clocked up to 1.8GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage supplemented by a microSD card slot.

As mentioned, it comes with a 3,000mAh battery, something not usually found with PCs in general, even such 'pocket sized' devices. This could be handy if you want to move it from place to place without shutting down between locations. Other features include 2 full-sized USB 2.0 ports, a micro USB port for charging, a micro HDMI port and a headphone jack. Network connectivity-wise, the system supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The fanless system can be purchased from DealExtreme, and the site highlights that an Android app could be used to remotely login to the GULEEK i8 to allow users to interact with the Windows apps on your big screen via an Android phone, for example. Furthermore, a dedicated Android app will let you use your phone as a remote control for the computer in order to manage media playback or other apps without the need of any keyboard or mouse accessories. Buyers receive an HDMI cable and power adaptor for their country.

CNXSoft reports (via Liliputing) that there is a system similar to the above but with 32GB built-in storage and a 7,000mAh battery called the Vensmile iPC002, listed on Amazon, however it is not available to order right now.

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So it's… basically a tablet without a screen?
Really nice and useful little gadget. People go on and on about how much they hate Windows 8 with it's touch oriented controls and new start screen etc - but they always seem to forget how much work MS put in to making Win 8 run reliably and smoothly on what we consider to be lower end devices.

That, compared with vast improvements with low powered chips has completely changed my perspective on what you *need* for a computing system. I would wager that the vast majority of people buying computers these days would be perfectly happy with a baytrail and 2gb of ram. With such a system you can play a huge number of games, run all of the office apps, browse the web/facebook/twitter/skype etc and much much more, all for pennies in comparison to what most people buy today.

It's why I think products like the HP Stream will actually do really well despite the limited specifications on paper - it will do what the vast majority of people need to do, without the expense or fuss.

I'd rather buy one of these from a known/trusted brand rather than a cheap China knock off (there are some on the way supposedly) and until then my little 8.1 tab does the job (for less!), but I can see uses for this kind of gadget..ironically more in an IT business sort of setup where you can carry one of these around to the hosting centre and plug in to the KVM rather than taking in a full laptop/laplet. Interesting device category!

Get a reliable one designed for all in one use and you finally have a windows embedded type system without having to mess about with the licencing side of windows embedded. I like the idea of a (more expensive) raspberry pi device where i can run full .net instead of messing about with python and other newfangled stacks!
Even I like the idea of this, my existing setups have more muscle than I will ever need, I could see myself using this as a media/file server, tuck it away somewhere and let it do its thing, only logging into it when i need to.
@Spud1: For a specs maniac your response might not make a lot of sense, but you're right, a PC for most people is about what it does and how well it does it instead of the ‘more power’ attitude that so many IT literate enthusiasts seem to live by.
I think this is pretty cool but I'm not sure I see the point of it having a battery really. You'll still need to plug it into a screen and that'll need power.