The Khadas Mind is a pocket-sized computer with an Intel Raptor Lake-P processor, LPDDR5-5200 memory, and support for up to 4TB of storage via two M.2 2230 slots (one with PCIe 4.0 speeds, and another with PCIe 3.0).
But what makes the tiny computer unusual is that it’s designed to work with docking accessories that let you transform the Khadas Mind into a laptop, a full-function desktop, or even a gaming or workstation-class system thanks to a graphics dock. After unveiling the Khadas Mind in July, the company has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the system with Super Early Bird pricing starting at $599.
The starting price reserves Khadas Mind “Standard” edition with an Intel Core i5-1340P processor and 16GB of RAM, but there’s also a $799 “Premium” model with a Core i7-1360P chip and 32GB of memory. Those prices are marked down from suggested $799 and $1,099 retail prices, respectively, and both models are expected to begin shipping in October, 2023.
But if all you were looking for was a mini PC with those specs, there are any number of other options available. What makes the Khadas Mind unusual are its combination of a slim, portable design and its extensibility.
The computer itself measures 146 x 105 x 20mm (5.7″ x 4.1″ x 0.7″) and weighs 450 grams (about 1 pound), making it easy to carry with you on the go. It’s also designed with portability in mind, thanks to a 5.55 Wh standby battery inside the case. While that’s not enough to run the computer on battery power for any serious amount of time, it does let you grab the Khadas Mind and carry it to another location without worrying about shutting the computer down first.
Khadas says the battery provides up to 5 hours of standby time and that the Mind automatically wakes from sleep when it’s plugged into a power source again. The system comes with a compact 65W USB-C GaN power adapter.
As for extensibility, that comes via a PCIe 5.0 (32GT/s) interface that lets you quickly attach the Khadas Mind to an optional laptop dock, desktop dock, or eGPU dock.
You don’t need any of those accessories for basic use though. The Khadas Mind also has a USB 3.2 Gen 2 type-C port, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port built into the base unit itself. But adding a dock can bring support for things like additional displays or wired networking connections.
Wireless capabilities include support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. The Khadas Mind ships with Windows 11 Home software. And the company says the system can support up to four 4K/60Hz displays or a single 8K/30Hz display… but since there are a limited number of ports on the base computer itself, you may need an add-on dock or a USB-C hub if you want to connect more than three screens.
As for accessories, the small Mind Dock has two HDMI 2.0 ports, a 2.5 GbE Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio jack, an SD card reader, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and a USB-C port for power. There are also built-in speakers.
The Mind Dock has a retail price of $179, but it’s going for $129 during crowdfunding. Khadas it should ship in October, at the same time as the Khadas Mind base system itself, and Kickstarter backers also have the option of buying a Khadas Mind + dock bundle.
Folks looking to add some extra graphics horsepower to the mini PC can also opt for a Khadas Mind Graphics dock. It’s a substantially larger add-on that has the same set of ports, but which also houses an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti discrete GPU and built-in speakers.
Khadas says the Mind Graphics dock will ship in June, 2024 and have a retail price of $999, but it’s available to Kickstarter backers for $699.
The company has also indicated that it’s working on additional accessories, including the Mind xPlay a portable display + keyboard that basically turns the little computer into a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop, a Mind Talk, which is said to be “a device that is designed especially for VoIP meetings” and which features a microphone away, and a Mind Studio 32 inch multi-touch display.
Neither of those are available as Kickstarter rewards though, and the company hasn’t shared many details about those add-ons yet.
There’s always some risk involved in backing a crowdfunding campaign, but Khadas is a company that’s been around for a while, and which has a track record of delivering products to customers.
While it’s probably better known for single-board computers than consumer-friendly PCs, Khadas has already delivered fully functional prototypes of the Khadas Mind and Dock to reviewers including Tech Tablets and CNX Software.
This article was first published July 22, 2023 and most recently updated August 27, 2023.
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