Less words, more miniPC: Ninkear JK01

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Long away
not everyone needs high-powered and productive computers. Many users
A computer is needed to work with office applications, surf the Internet and
performing simple computational tasks. Buy for these purposes bulky
corps? You can buy a laptop, but for many, this is not an option, you want
desktop computer. In this case, small devices will come to the rescue,
which, for the most part, are designed specifically for office tasks.
These devices are called miniPCs.
A fairly good miniPC representative is the Ninkear JK01. Actually, it is to him
this article is dedicated to.

Specifications Ninkear JK01

  • SoC Configuration: Intel Celeron N5095
    Jasper Lake @ 2.0 GHz / 2.9 GHz;

  • Audio Video:
    1x 3.5mm line-out, 1x 3.5mm line-in, 1x HDMI 2.0 port, DisplayPort, VGA port;

  • Operational
    memory: support for two SO-DIMM slots for DDR4 RAM, up to a total of 16 GB;

  • storage
    data: support M.2 slot
    2280 for NVMe
    and SATA slot
    SSD,
    2.5 inch SATA HDD, microSD card slot;

  • Network
    Features: Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
    port via (RTL8111F), dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth (Intel Wireless-AC 3165 chip);

  • Ports:
    4x USB ports
    3.0, 2x
    USB port
    2.0;

  • hardware
    monitoring: system temperature, processor temperature, voltage;

  • BIOS: AMI UEFI BIOS, 8 MB;

  • Nutrition:
    12 V / 2.5 A;

  • Dimensional
    dimensions: 136x125x52 mm.

Packing and scope of delivery

Mini PC
Ninkear
JK01
comes in a relatively small, uninformative box made of durable
white cardboard. On the box there was a place for the inscription MiniPC and a sticker where the volume is marked
memory 8 GB / 128 GB. No information about the manufacturer and model of the device on
the box is not located.

Inside
The box contains a tray made of soft material, inside of which our Ninkear JK01 is inserted. On the side is a small
cardboard box with delivery set.

We will say so, the delivery set
nice, it includes:

  • Mini PC
    Ninkear
    JK01;

  • Cable
    HDMI;

  • network
    power adapter;

  • Fastening
    on the back wall with a set of screws;

  • Brief
    user manual in English.

Design and appearance

Frame
MiniPC
Ninkear
JK01 manufactured
matte gray plastic. On the hull, on every surface,
a sufficiently large number of perforated holes are located, designed to
ensure reliable air circulation inside the device and removal of excess heat.

On
the top surface is a sign that vaguely resembles a symbol from the movie
«Transformers». An integral part of this symbol is three RGB ribbons.

On
the bottom surface found a place for a sticker with brief information about the device,
four rubber feet to securely fix the device on a horizontal
surfaces. Also on the bottom surface there are a number of holes for ventilation and
two blocks of holes for internal speakers.

On
On the front surface there is a mechanical on / off button for MiniPC, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a memory card reader
microSD format,
two classic 3.5 mm jacks Aux and Mic.

Side
surfaces are identical. They have perforated holes.

On
the rear surface has an Ethernet port
(RJ45), two
porting USB
3.0, VGA connectors,
HDMI, Display-port and network connector
cable.

Mini PC
Ninkear
JK01 has
fairly compact overall dimensions: 136x125x52 mm and a small weight, only 530 grams.

hardware component and
software

Per
the operation of the device meets the quad-core introduced in the first half of 2021,
10nm Intel Celeron N5095 quad-thread processor
process technology, with a clock frequency of cores from 2.0 GHz to 2.9 GHz. This model
The processor is equipped with 4MB L3 cache and has a TDP of 15W. Per
graphics meets the integrated chipset Intel UHD Graphics clock frequency
graphics rendering which is in the range from 450 MHz to 750 MHz. My
Model equipped with 8GB DDR4 RAM and M.2 SSD
128 GB. Other configurations can be selected if desired: 0 GB / 0 GB, 8
GB / 256 GB, 8 GB / 512 GB or 16 GB / 512 GB. I just want to draw your attention
that the user has the opportunity to expand the volume of built-in and operational
memory.

From
boxes Ninkear JK01
comes preinstalled with the latest Windows 11 64-bit operating system,
which, in my opinion, is not the best solution, because. low power
it will be quite difficult for the device to work with the operating system,
designed for powerful configurations.

Per
wireless interfaces are answered by the dual-band Intel Wireless-AC 3165 adapter, capable of operating in
WiFi range
2.4GHz and 5.0GHz,
the maximum data transfer rate of which reaches 433 Mb / s. Also given
the chip is equipped with a Bluetooth module
4.2.

Cooling
system provides a fairly quiet fan, with milking F6 heat pipes. Maximum
fan impeller rotation speed, as per application
manufacturer, capable of reaching 4500 rpm.

Remarkably,
that the device supports up to three displays at the same time, connected
via built-in VGA ports,
HDMI, Display port.

The interior of the MiniPC Ninkear JK01 looks like this:

Testing

Before
In total, I carried out control over the fairness of the declared technical
characteristics. This was done using specialized applications.

Further
was the performance of the device in synthetic tests.

Quite
expected test results were quite low. As a matter of fact,
Nobody expected more from this SoC configuration.

High-speed
The characteristics of the solid state drive were tested using the popular
CrystalDiskMark 8 test.

Further,
for more objective performance information, Ninkear JK01 MiniPC was installed and running
some of the most common and popular games.

WorldOfTanks

Performance
device in this game, at the lowest graphics settings was on
level 63-75 FPS.
Not much, but still playable.

Counter-Strike: GO

Here
things were much worse. I would say that in the case of this game we
got a step by step strategy.

Actually,
I don’t see any point in testing in games. MiniPC Ninkear JK01 — performance oriented
other tasks.

FROM
there were no difficulties with video playback, however, after installation
codecs. The device does a pretty good job of playing content,
recorded in 4K.

AT
during miniPC testing
was connected to a WiFi network. The body of the device is located on
soft surface. All tests took several hours.
as a result, the body of the Ninkear JK01
heated up. The degree of heating of the body surfaces was carried out using
thermal imager. With the results of measurements, I propose to familiarize yourself with the images below.

AT
In general, the degree of heating is at an acceptable level. Embedded system
cooling does the job quite well.

Checkpoint
network equipment capability was tested with iperf. Wireless modules tested
in close proximity to the router. The measurement results are as follows.

Ethernet:

  • Download: 785 Mbps;

  • Upload: 651 Mbps;

WiFi 2.4GHz:

  • Download: 58.4 Mbps;

  • Upload: 53.1 Mbps;

WiFi 5.0GHz:

  • Download: 401 Mbps;

  • Upload: 296 Mbps;

By
test results, we can say that the performance of network
interfaces is at a relatively low level, and as a result, this
miniPC
hardly suitable for
organization of local servers or something like that.

During testing, an annoying jamb came to light — one of the USB ports turned out to be inoperative. Looks like it needs to be repaired.

Advantages

  • Build quality and performance;

  • Compact
    dimensions;

  • A large number of different ports;

  • Possibility
    installation of additional memory modules;

  • Possibility
    installation of additional drives;

  • Windows
    11 out of the box;

  • Price.

You can find out the current price by link.

disadvantages

  • At
    connecting an external SSD
    M.2 multiple
    once notifications appeared that there was not enough power from the USB port, you need to connect the charger
    device;

  • Absence
    USB port
    Type C;

  • One of the USB ports on my device was not working.

Conclusion

Summing up
to sum up, I first of all want to draw your attention to the fact that the evaluation of this device
carried out according to its cost. It is important to understand that for such a cost
it is impossible to find a high performance system. With regard to the MiniPC Ninkear JK01, we can say that this
The device fully met expectations. MiniPC Ninkear JK01 is a good solution for office
work and surfing the Internet, and, if we talk about surfing, you should
remember that by opening a large number of tabs, we will definitely encounter
slowdowns, in connection with which you should not abuse etam too much.
A large number of different ports allow you to work comfortably at your PC without
taking care of the need to purchase hubs, etc. In general, the device leaves
positive impressions, considering its cost.

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