Gone are the days when computers took up an entire desk or were so big that you had to keep them on the floor and kick them from time to time. Xulu XR1 Pro is the ideal representative of a new generation of personal computers. Small, efficient and with an enviable connection – the kid in the neighboring images.
Launched as the smallest PC with AMD Ryzen 7 processor, the XULU XR1 is a compact desktop that can be used in a wide variety of scenarios and tasks. You can connect it to your TV and create an entertainment hub that’s far more capable than any high-end Smart TV, or you can put it on your desk connected to a large monitor with a mouse and keyboard to get your work done. And when you want to relax, you turn on a 4K movie, watch your favorite YouTube podcast, or watch a new series that’s hitting Netflix. It delivers the performance you want and, most importantly, it can be slipped into your bag if you want to take it with you on vacation, from the office to home, or vice versa. This is an amazing gadget.
XULU XR1 Pro REVIEW – Specifications
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the XULU XR1 is available in a wide variety of configurations, but no matter which version you choose, it’s worth remembering that there won’t be any visual differences. Moreover, you can upgrade the LPDDR4-3200 RAM up to 64 GB and storage media such as SSD at any time.
In addition to these features, you will enjoy a mini PC with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with 8 cores and 16 threads (task threads). The version I tested came bundled with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Connectivity options include, in addition to three USB 3.0 ports, three more USB 2.0 ports and USB Type C. The latter also functions as a 4K video output in addition to two HDMI 2.1 ports and Gigabit Ethernet. Finally, you can effortlessly connect up to three monitors with native 4K resolution using three ports. I used it in tandem with a Philips 31E1C5600 34-inch ultra-wide monitor with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels.
Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2 with an Intel chipset are not missing. Although the XULU XR1 Pro is incredibly small, it also hides two microphones in addition to the headphone jack. Power is supplied from a 12 volt transformer.
As for the processor, in my case it was an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U clocked at 1.9 GHz with an operating frequency of up to 4.4 GHz in Max Boost. With a TDP of 15W and a 7nm manufacturing process, it doesn’t use much power either. For reference, this AMD Zen 3 architecture chipset also includes an 8-core 2000MHz AMD Radeon Graphics chipset.
All this means that it is also suitable for entertainment or 4K gaming without incredible graphics claims. He is good in everything, despite his size. An important note is that performance is also aided by a fairly powerful fan, which you can constantly control the speed of on the front screen without making too much noise. On the same screen you can see the exact time and internal temperature. In my intensive tests, the cooler didn’t jump 65%, and in the extreme temperature conditions in the attic where my office is located, I don’t think I saw temperatures above 70 degrees Celsius on the screen during the tests.
XULU XR1 Pro REVIEW – experience and performance
From the moment I plugged it in and connected it to my monitor with the included HDMI 2.1 cable, everything went smoothly. It downloaded Windows 11 in just a few seconds, connected it to my home Wi-Fi network, and did all the updates. I manually downloaded the drivers for the video card and network card from the AMD and Intel sites, just to make sure I have the latest versions installed and that my performance will not be degraded in any way.
For testing, I used my usual tests, but also ran them under normal usage conditions. For example, in CrystalDiskMark, Samsung’s internal SSD showed a read speed of 855.96 MB/s and a write speed of 1051.67 MB/s. In the latest GeekBench 6 processor test, the Single Core score was 1863, and it jumped to 7305 in the multi-core test. In the video card test in the same benchmark, we scored 16,251 points.
Cinebench R23 is another very good benchmark for any type of processor, plus it works on both Mac and Windows. This gave me a score of 6353 points in multi-core mode and 1286 points in single-core mode with a multiplier value of 4.94x. Last but not least, I used the latest version of PCMark 10 with a final score of 5898, broken down into Essentials 10675, Productivity 9433 and Digital Content Creation 5588.
Once again, I insist that the ventilation system of the XULU XR1 Pro Mini PC has never been excessively noisy. It did not freeze, I did not notice any performance fluctuations, the temperature did not rise above 65-70 degrees Celsius. During normal use for web browsing or file management, the average temperature hovered around 55 degrees.
In addition, I watched 4K clips from YouTube and Netflix without any problems. I’ve played some of my all-time favorite strategy games, like Desperados 3 and Command & Conquer Remastered, and again, I didn’t experience any issues, and temperatures or noise levels didn’t fluctuate much. It is a pleasure to use, and every time I looked at it, I was amazed at the size. Also, although there is an illuminated XULU logo on the side, it is not distracting at night. The front panel with data on temperature, cooler and time is also not so bright as to interfere.
The build quality also seems to be very good. It doesn’t seem to scratch easily and dissipates internal heat very well through all the vents in the case. It’s a simple, efficient, and user-friendly computer that’s perfect for the office, but more than decent when it comes to entertainment.
The XULU XR1 is easy to recommend whether you go for the Lite, Pro, or Max edition, with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 2TB of internal storage. The purchase process is carried out through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform using this address. Prices are in Hong Kong dollars, but each configuration is also described in US dollars. In the case of the configuration I tested with AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, 32 GB DDR4 and 1 TB SSD, the purchase price is approximately 386 euros or 1900 lei. As a finish, without affecting the price, you can choose green, like mine, or blue, red, black, grey, silver and orange.
The basic configuration with 8GB DDR4 and 256SSD, which you can later upgrade from the comfort of your home, costs 284 euros or 1400 lei. The version with 64 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD costs 549 euros or 2,700 lei.
In terms of delivery, delivery to Romania took about two weeks from the date of confirmation of shipment. The parcel was very well packaged and although it arrived at the Romanian post office, I had a tracking number and there were no problems. Surprisingly, I even received an SMS with a request to go pick up the package.
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