Gemini II 14.1" | PCSPECIALIST

Gemini II 14.1"

Oussebon

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Moderator
https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/gemini-II/

The spec is pretty much completely fixed, so here it is:


Chassis & Display
Gemini Series: Aluminium Chassis: 14.1" Full HD IPS LED (1920 x 1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Celeron® Dual Core Processor N4000 (2 x 1.10GHz, 2.60GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
4GB LPDDR4 2400MHz LOW PROFILE SOLDERED
Graphics Card
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS (CPU Dependant) - 1.7GB Max DDR4 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
1[SUP]st[/SUP] M.2 SSD Drive
32GB Hard Drive Onboard (eMMC)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated Micro-SD Memory Card Reader
AC Adaptor
1 x 24W AC Adaptor
Battery
Gemini Series Lithium Ion Battery (5000mAh)
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power Cable
Sound Card
2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
USB/Thunderbolt Options
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
GEMINI SERIES UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KK4-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 4 to 6 working days
Quantity
1

Price £237.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure : https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/gemini-ii/RrrX0m2N5b/


Had this been available a year ago I would have bought it as it's exactly what I was looking for. PC capable of running Windows programs, mostly for use with browsers, that is light, thin, metal, and inexpensive.

The alternatives from ~£200-300 were all total junk. There was a big-brand, low-budget option where a reviewer said one of the keys already was coming off on their sample, and the one I saw in a store had literally the same issue. While cheap new-brand items online had even worse quality and durability problems as I found out, leading me to return 2 different models. Will be interested to see reviews on this model.

Only criticism of the spec is the 32gb memory rather than 64gb, as Windows can insist it doesn't have space to perform upgrades on that, even when the drive is pretty much empty. One has to get the media creation tool to perform an upgrade / clean install. I can see PCS tech support getting calls on this quite a bit...

It might have been nice to see a Pentium N4200 or similar but perhaps other chassis trying to squeeze that in had to compromise too much on either price or the build quality of the rest of the system.
 
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deaglecat

New member
https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/gemini-II/

The spec is pretty much completely fixed, so here it is:


Chassis & Display
Gemini Series: Aluminium Chassis: 14.1" Full HD IPS LED (1920 x 1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Celeron® Dual Core Processor N4000 (2 x 1.10GHz, 2.60GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
4GB LPDDR4 2400MHz LOW PROFILE SOLDERED
Graphics Card
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS (CPU Dependant) - 1.7GB Max DDR4 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
1[SUP]st[/SUP] M.2 SSD Drive
32GB Hard Drive Onboard (eMMC)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated Micro-SD Memory Card Reader
AC Adaptor
1 x 24W AC Adaptor
Battery
Gemini Series Lithium Ion Battery (5000mAh)
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power Cable
Sound Card
2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
USB/Thunderbolt Options
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
GEMINI SERIES UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 10 Home 64 Bit - inc. Single Licence [KK4-00001]
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
Windows 10 Multi-Language Recovery Image - Unlimited Downloads from Online Account
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
BullGuard™ Internet Security - Free 90 Day License inc. Gamer Mode
Browser
Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 4 to 6 working days
Quantity
1

Price £237.00 including VAT and Delivery

Unique URL to re-configure : https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/saved-configurations/gemini-ii/RrrX0m2N5b/


Had this been available a year ago I would have bought it as it's exactly what I was looking for. PC capable of running Windows programs, mostly for use with browsers, that is light, thin, metal, and inexpensive.

The alternatives from ~£200-300 were all total junk. There was a big-brand, low-budget option where a reviewer said one of the keys already was coming off on their sample, and the one I saw in a store had literally the same issue. While cheap new-brand items online had even worse quality and durability problems as I found out, leading me to return 2 different models. Will be interested to see reviews on this model.

Only criticism of the spec is the 32gb memory rather than 64gb, as Windows can insist it doesn't have space to perform upgrades on that, even when the drive is pretty much empty. One has to get the media creation tool to perform an upgrade / clean install. I can see PCS tech support getting calls on this quite a bit...

It might have been nice to see a Pentium N4200 or similar but perhaps other chassis trying to squeeze that in had to compromise too much on either price or the build quality of the rest of the system.



Chassis & Display
Gemini Series: Aluminium Chassis: 14.1" Full HD IPS LED (1920 x 1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Celeron® Dual Core Processor N4000 (2 x 1.10GHz, 2.60GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM)
4GB LPDDR4 2400MHz LOW PROFILE SOLDERED
Graphics Card
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS (CPU Dependant) - 1.7GB Max DDR4 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
1st M.2 SSD Drive
32GB Hard Drive Onboard (eMMC)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated Micro-SD Memory Card Reader
AC Adaptor
1 x 24W AC Adaptor
Battery
Gemini Series Lithium Ion Battery (5000mAh)
Power Cable
1 x 1 Metre Cloverleaf UK Power Cable
Sound Card
2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
USB/Thunderbolt Options
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
GEMINI SERIES UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Windows Recovery Media
NO RECOVERY MEDIA REQUIRED
Office Software
FREE 30 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 365 (Operating System Required)
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Browser
Google Chrome™
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 1MP HD WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 3 to 5 working days
Quantity
1

Price £223.00 including VAT and Delivery


So... will this work with Linux (solus or ubuntu ideally). Anybody running a gemini II with linux ?

Ta

Deag
 

Oussebon

Moderator
Moderator
I doubt anyone owns one yet as it seems to be a pretty new offering by PCS. If you ask them what chassis it's based on perhaps you can find out sooner than waiting for someone to buy it and experiment.

Edit: I only just noticed that ordering without the OS only reduces the price by £14.
 

deaglecat

New member
I doubt anyone owns one yet as it seems to be a pretty new offering by PCS. If you ask them what chassis it's based on perhaps you can find out sooner than waiting for someone to buy it and experiment.

Edit: I only just noticed that ordering without the OS only reduces the price by £14.

Still £14 not going to microsoft - a (small) round of beers... :)
 

Oussebon

Moderator
Moderator
True, I was just thinking for those who might be considering a licence for dual-booting or whatever.
 

Gabs

New member
Edit: I only just noticed that ordering without the OS only reduces the price by £14.
I've noticed this too, but if you add a second (bigger) m.2 drive, the difference between windows and no windows becomes a lot more significant.
E.g. with a 512 GB drive, it's £338 with win10 but only £259 otherwise. The latter seems really good value....... if linux actually works properly on this machine!
 

Tony1044

Spamtastic
My limited exposure to machines with eMMC storage is that it's very slow in day-to-day use. Plus 32GB for modern Windows OSes is very constraining. I think an additional SSD would be pretty much a must-have
 
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