Mele PCG35 HD3Q Fanless Mini PC Released with M.2 and 2.5-inch SSDs Supports
With the PCG35 HD3Q, the manufacturer Mele is launching a new, passively cooled mini PC based on an Intel chip. The installation of a standard hard drive is also provided, as is the installation of an M.2 SSD. Using the Intel Celeron N5105 quad-core chip, based on the Jasper Lake architecture. The new Mele PCG35 HD3Q also adds support for WiFi 6 and comes pre-installed with the genuine Windows 11 Pro operating system.
Intel's Celeron N5105 processor is a 4-core 4-thread processor with a TDP of 10W. The base frequency and turbo frequency are 2.0GHz and 2.9 GHz respectively. The Intel UHD integrated graphics has 24 execution units, and the base frequency/turbo frequency is The speed is 450MHz / 800MHz, which is a great improvement compared to the previous generation Gemini Lake, reaching the performance of the 8th generation low-voltage version of the i3.
Mele PCG35 HD3Q measures 7.8″ x 5.8″ x 1.7″ (198*147*43mm). In addition to the pre-installed eMMc storage, it also supports the installation of a M.2 2280 solid state drive with a maximum of 2TB, and a 2.5 with a maximum of 4TB. In addition, the fuselage is also equipped with an SD card slot, which can support SDHC memory cards up to 1TB. It is a pity that the memory sticks are welded on the motherboard and cannot be replaced. Many small hosts of the same size are Support for replacing memory sticks.
The device thus benefits from an Intel UHD circuit with 24 EUs clocked from 450 to 800 MHz with good video decoding possibilities. The four single-threaded cores also operate from 2 to 2.9 GHz. Both chips maintain the same level of cache memory with 4 MB of L3 as well as an equivalent TDP of 10 watts. MeLE didn't have too much trouble switching from the old to the new processor. A movement that has allowed the brand to work on a common chip for its last two machines since its brand new Quieter3Q embeds the same processor. We imagine that for the manufacturer, the cost of developing the two solutions in parallel had to be reduced.
The MeLE PCG35 HD3Q is always devoid of any ventilation with totally passive dissipation. However, it is very limited. The chassis is indeed entirely made of ABS plastic and the fins visible on the top of the case are only decorative. An aluminum plate covers the processor well to absorb the watts it gives off, but it is itself in contact with the ABS of the case, which only offers it enough to accumulate heat and not dissipate it effectively... progression" in relief that we guess above in its rounded shape is supposed to let the air circulate. This is obviously much less effective than simple fins.
This is a solution that is generally criticized because it is not very efficient in absolute terms… MeLE keeps it because it is generally sufficient given the uses that are made with this type of machine. It would nevertheless be desirable for the brand to think in the future of taking advantage of a larger heatsink by choosing a metal chassis top with real fins to increase the air exchange surface and not this minimal solution.
Storage is entrusted to an M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe slot as well as a 2.5″ SATA slot for a second storage unit. An eMMC module is embedded by default on the motherboard and we can count on a MicroSDXC card reader to extend storage capacities if necessary. The manufacturer still offers 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. If the Celeron would not necessarily benefit from more RAM in absolute terms, the possibility of mounting its own memory would undoubtedly have been a plus.
This Mele PCG35 HD3Q Fanless Mini PC is also equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet interface and supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, two USB 3.0 interfaces, two USB 2.0 interfaces, a 3.5mm audio interface, a Type-C interface, and two HDMI 2.0 interfaces , and a VGA port that supports up to two 4K monitors and one 1080p monitor.
At present, this mini-host has been sold on the Meiya platform, and the official offers a 40-dollar coupon. The prices after the coupons for several configurations are:
- 8GB RAM / 128GB eMMC: $240 (1,605 yuan)
- 8GB RAM / 256GB eMMC: $260 (1,739 yuan)
- 8GB RAM / 512GB (256GB eMMC + 256GB SSD): $340 (2,274 yuan)
Judging from the price in the European and American markets, it is really not attractive to domestic users. After all, the almost-configured zero-cut EQ59 (N5095, 8GB, 256GB SSD) is priced at only 995 yuan, and the latter also includes the genuine Windows 11 Professional Edition. , and also supports the upgrade of memory sticks. The Mele brand has no official sales channels in China, so PCG35 HD3Q is likely not to be launched on domestic e-commerce platforms.