Logic Supply CL100 Fanless Braswell NUC PC

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Logic Supply CL100 Fanless Braswell NUC PC

June 5, 2016 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Logic Supply CL100
Fanless NUC PC
Manufacturer
Price
US$343 (base)
US$525 (as configured)

The latest silent mini PC from Logic Supply is another NUC-based system, this time powered by Braswell, Intel's most recent generation of entry-level mobile processors which are manufactured using a 14 nm fabrication process. Visually, the CL100 is noticeably pared down compared to older models. Its proportions are more balanced and its dimensions a lot closer to that of the various consumer NUC offerings on the market.

The casing is still aluminum-clad over the entire body and the contours are smoother/rounder, giving it a friendlier appearance. The orange front panel is gone though the color is retained in the wraparound power buttons. Incidentally, these buttons are shallow and too easy to engage; they were accidentally activated multiple times during testing. The first thing on the to do list after installing an operating system is to reconfigure the power button to do nothing after the machine is switched on.


The CL100, up and running.

Previous fanless Logic Supply units had deep ridged fins the exterior that made their purpose obvious, to increase the heat dissipation area. That the enclosure is essentially a big heatsink is less obvious with the CL100. Well-defined fins have been replaced with shallow grooves that look as if a rake had been lightly dragged across the surface as the aluminum was setting. Its 11.7 x 3.7 x 11.2 cm dimensions gives it a volume of just 0.48 Liters, about half that of the last Logic Supply NUC we examined, the Bay Trail powered ML100G-10. Considering that the Intel Celeron N3150 processor inside is rated for a mere 6W, the reduction in cooling area shouldn't be an issue.


Front.


Back.

The CL100 has a reasonable set of external connectivity options. The front is home to a dual-purpose audio jack, one USB 2.0 connector, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, and a CIR sensor, while wireless antenna hookups flank the sides toward the rear. At the back, you'll find the DC power jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and a a gigabit RJ45 connector sandwiched between the display outputs (two HDMI plus one DisplayPort). "Triple-independent display, 4K media playback" is touted on the Logic Supply's configuration page as one of its key features.


Power adapter.

The CL100 ships with 12V 3A power adapter that features swappable multiple AC prongs, while their older systems included a bulkier 60W+ brick.

Relevant Specifications: Logic Supply CL100
(from the product web page)
SKU CL100
Hardware Line Industrial Line
Front I/O 1 USB 2.0 port
1 USB Type C port
1 Audio jack; Speaker/Mic-in
Rear I/O 2 HDMI ports
1 DisplayPort
1 Gb LAN port
2 USB 3.0 ports
1 DC input jack (12 V)
Processor Intel Celeron N3150
Processor Speed 1.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.08 GHz
Processor Socket Onboard (BGA)
Processor Generation Braswell
Processor Cores 4
Chipset Shared with CPU
Graphics/GPU Intel HD Graphics
Memory DDR3L SO-DIMM (non-ECC)
Memory Capacity 16 GB
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Memory Slot 2
Expansion Type
PCIe Mini Card (half-height)
Storage Options mSATA
LAN Controller Realtek RT8111G
Input Voltage 12 V
Operating Temperature Range 0°C ~ 40°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 116.75 x 36.7 x 112 mm
4.6" x 1.44" x 4.4"
Case Type Compact
Customizable
Fanless
Case Material Cast Aluminum
Steel
Port Punchouts 2x Antenna Holes
Mounting DIN-mount
Wall-mount
Included Accessories Rubber feet
Expected Life Cycle 5 years
Certifications & Ratings CE
FCC
RoHS
Warranty 2 year limited warranty on parts and services

According to the specifications, the CL100 supports two DDR3L SODIMMs, a single mSATA drive, and sports a PCI-E mini slot which is occupied by a dual-band Atheros wireless card with Bluetooth functionality. The system can be configured on Logic Supply's website with up to 16GB of RAM total and a Transcend or Samsung mSATA SSD with capacities ranging from 32GB to 512GB. Our sample is close to maxed out with the full 16GB of memory and a Transcend MSA370 256GB SSD, for a total of US$525.

The unit has four threaded VESA-mounting holes on the underside, but did not ship with a mount to allow their use.Given all previous LS units could be mounted on the back of a monitor, perhaps a suitable frame or adapter is soon to come.



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