Unboxing the Gole1 Mini PC /tablet - one of the most interesting devices to arrive for a review
Gole gained quite some attention a few months ago when they announced their device Gole F1 (or Gole1, as it was named on the IGG campaign).
I used the word "device" and not "Mini PC", as I usually use because it's very tricky to categorize Gole1. It has a screen (and a small one at that), but it's not a phone nor a tiny tablet, it has all the ports (HDMI, Ethernet, etc) we usually see on the Mini PC's we test here but it's not really a Mini PC... then what is it?
Our Gole F1 review will try to answer that question. But until then, let's start with an unboxing.
Thanks to our friends at Gearbest I got to be one of the ~3000 people that will play with a Gole1 device this fall, most of them from the successful IndieGogo campaign.
If you want to play with it also you can now order it from GearBest - and make sure you test the GBGF4 coupon, to get a better price.
We'll skip the specs, as you can find them in our previous article, and go straight to the unboxing.
Gole Gole1 unboxing
Gole F1 comes with a classic (by now) minimalistic box, that has just "Gole1" and the words "Designed by Gole" on top, text that get replaced with the slogan "Enjoy work, Enjoy life" on the sides. A little info we get from the bottom, which has the company's full name and address and a sticker with the product serial number and product version (4G+64G in my case).
What's inside the box?
Inside the box we find the product itself, nicely tucked in, and a small HDMI cable and the power adapter.
There's also the "Quick Guide", which briefly explains the buttons and how to switch between the two operating systems.
The device itself is a nice combination between plastic and aluminum, with the 5'' screen gaining the most attention on first use.
Below the screen there are three button zones, from left to right: volume (+/-), the "home button" (branded with the Windows logo) and the power button and, of course, there are also the small speakers.
If on first use when you press the button nothing happens, just don't panic! Simply connect the power adapter and let it charge for a few minutes, the battery is most likely depleted.
The left side has the USB ports (1 x Micro USB, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0) and the SD card slot.
There are no ports on the right side.
On the back we have the external wi-fi antenna, the headphones jack, another 2 USB 2.0 ports and the Ethernet port (marked as "WAN").
The device has no fans, so it runs in perfect silence, there are ventilation holes on the bottom that help with the heat dissipation.
So there it is, one of the most interesting devices of the year. We'll be playing with the device for a while before we publish our Gole1 review, so please check on twitter for updates.
As usual, if you want anything specific tested, just leave a message.
Meet Gole F1, the Mini PC with a built-in 5 inch screen