Chuwi HiGame Mini PC (NUC) Review – Powerful PC in a 6" Box

Lisa Gade reviews the Chuwi HiGame, a Windows 10 PC with the footprint of a Mac Mini but with much more horsepower. It has a metal casing, and is available with Intel G series CPUs with AMD RX Vega M GL and GH graphics. These are quad core Intel 8th gen CPUs with 65 watt TDP and graphics performance strong enough for Adobe Premiere and moderate gaming. The 2.76 lb / 1.3 kg PC has a wide selection of ports including Thunderbolt 3, 2 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Ethernet and 5 USB-A ports. It’s available with a 128 or 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM (32GB max), a 2.5” HDD bay, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It competes with Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC.


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39 thoughts on “Chuwi HiGame Mini PC (NUC) Review – Powerful PC in a 6" Box

  1. in a one to one comparison against a 15W TDP ultrabook that you have to take to the office some days, and work from home other days, it is a better value if you're already doing stationary work in various locations. you can still put it in a backpack and toss it in the car or carry on the train, and your entire user environment stays put with your hardware profile and yourself as a person. the math works if you're comparing a $2k mobile workstation to a $1600 NUC with better thermals.

    The problem is you can just cheap out on the mobile workstation and live with weaker results MOST of the time, or you can get 2 full sized desktops plus a TB3 removable hard drive and leave the desktops in each working location and haul the hard drive around. for every solution these small form factors solve there are already workarounds, and on-demand cloud resources will make them even more niche in the future.

  2. Cool but too expensive! Strictly for people who is tight on space. Beelink's counterpart is way cheaper for the same config:

  3. This is not really necessary, however can you install macos on it because am sure that on the website there is a dude using it with a triple monitor with macOS so I am just curious?

  4. can this pc do heavy adobe illustrator & photoshop productivity work? and will it run smoothly with editing in adobe after effects with vfx & motion graphics?

  5. I have an HP Spectre 360 13" with i7-8550 16GB, Windows 10 pro that I bought off HP outlet for $1000 – It doubles as my desktop. Great screen, fast, not for gamers, so to answer your question, IMO it is a very small market because gamers will build their own (although the system will be a little larger) with faster components and more memory for about the same $$. I updated an old Dell 780 SFF for my grandson with an SSD and a 1050ti for less than $450. Who has the better gaming unit for the $$.

  6. Cool idea in theory. A little on the larger side compared to the Intel version I think and still very expensive. I think if you are looking to play games I would buy an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 and a heap of grames for the same price, or get both as still have change for a few.

  7. A few years ago, I used to have a 6lb 45w i7 Lenovo y570 at home that could handle just about every productivity or art task I threw at it. Then, on the go or for travel, I used a Surface 3 that could maybe handle about half of that laptop's workload. If this came out a year ago AND was closer to $5-600, then this would've replaced that heavy laptop that died on me. Instead I consolidated to a Spectre x360 and sold the Surface 3 instead. The nice part about having 2 devices was that if the Surface was lost or stolen, I wouldn't freak out. I've had a couple near heart attacks when I thought my Spectre was lost or stolen. That said, although I understand the need for this sort of device, I do feel the price needs to come down.

  8. This is an answer to a question very few people will ask. I am interested as this could be the do it all PC for me. But a Grand!? That is not even close. $500.00 is do-able, and then yeah I could take it a bit more seriously. Thermals are about right, but that is not so great either. I would just buy my own tower and make it into my own system for the same or less money. Even upgrade that over time. This mini is limited in scope for what I can do later. The noise would drive me nuts as this would have been great in the studio for tracking or a music server. Cool review though.

  9. I'm kind of surprised that modern PC's are still so large. I know they don't necessarily need to be small but you'd think the influence of laptops and phones would have driven minaturisation. They're having trouble getting people to upgrade these days surely it'd be another way to make people feel like their existing computer is old hat and in need of replacement.

  10. OK, a bit tongue in cheek here, but maybe it's for a crowd similar to the Mac Mini fans, but who lack any sense of design or style ? 😉

    So seriously, maybe someone who wants Windows, but isn't much of a gear head and doesn't want a big, honkin' box taking up desk space ? (but it'd have to come down in price hundreds of dollars).

  11. Most businesses are tending towards notebooks with standard operating environments. For the home user I could see this being useful as a living room multimedia NUC but the Intel 4×4 NUC's are a lot more compact and quiet. I don't see this device fitting easily into either of these environments.

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