AcePC AK1 Mini PC review from the well-known tech media, TechRadar

TechRadar has recently made a review of AcePC AK1 Mini PC. In their opinion, the AcePC AK1 is clearly a clone of the HP Elite Slice, but unlike HP’s product, there don’t seem to be any plans to add more modules, which removes the very reason why the AK1 exists in the first place.

TechRadar says, “It’s difficult not to think of Acer and HP when you come across the AcePC AK1. The latter borrows some ideas from the likes of the HP Elite Slice and the Acer Revo Build M1. The visual similarities with the former are particularly striking, but there are some big differences, especially when it comes to pricing.”

The AK1 is bigger than expected, especially on the z-axis, with a 56mm thickness.

That’s partly due to AcePC’s odd decision to add what HP calls a ‘slice’, a detachable unit that adds some specific functionality to the base unit.

On HP’s version, that can take the form of a wireless phone charger, VESA plates, an optical reader or a Bang & Olufsen-powered HP Audio module (just note that we’re not a big fan of the whole modular PC concept).

AcePC AK1 Mini PC

In the case of the AK1, there’s only one available module, and that’s a 2.5-inch external hard drive bay that connects to the main unit using a USB Type-C connector. At the time of writing, there are no plans – at least on AcePC’s website – to bring more modules out.

AcePC AK1 Mini PC

Which brings us to the first major design problem. There’s no real good reason to have an external hard drive shoehorned in like so, at least not for most users.

The drive is likely to be bottlenecked by the USB bandwidth, and eliminating this HDD module would have saved both on the bill of materials, complexity of design, and cut down the size of the PC. Instead, a device like the Vorke V1 might be a better alternative if you’re looking for a host that can accommodate a 2.5-inch HDD.

Like HP’s Slice, the AK1 uses a very distinctive copper-colored heat exhaust. There are four full-size USB ports (two USB 3.0 models), two USB Type-C connectors (one of which is located underneath the PC), a proprietary power port, a full-size HDMI connector, a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, an audio input and a microSD card slot.

AcePC AK1 Mini PC

The hard disk expansion module can be removed easily by unlocking it and then pulling. Adding the hard drive requires you to remove two screws and plug in your SATA hard drive. Note that there’s no VESA mount option.

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