Mini PCs are cheaper than larger computers, and are ideal for simple computing tasks. Some of these devices lack onboard storage, but cloud services and web storage options can help you cope. Typically, a mini PC costs less than a grand, and is a great option if you only plan to use it for e-mails and other simple tasks. However, if you intend to use your mini PC for anything more complex, it may be wise to purchase a more expensive computer.
Geekom Mini IT8
The Geekom Mini IT8 is a small, portable PC that has a solid bottom and rubber feet. It has two ports on the side and a VESA mount on the bottom, so you can place your monitor and power source on it. The computer comes with more ports than most laptops, so you’ll have plenty of options before switching it on. It comes with a decent number of ports, including USB Type-C and Type-A, and it has a power switch and a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack.
Asus Chromebox 4
The Asus Chromebox 4 mini PC is an excellent choice for people who want the power of a traditional laptop without the price tag. It has powerful DDR4 memory and a powerful processor that deliver smooth and energy-efficient performance. Its 1.4-inch screen makes it ideal for watching movies and playing games, and it supports all the latest mobile and mini PC apps. It’s also a great option for those who want to enjoy the latest games, and access their favorite online stores with ease.
Asus NUC 12 Extreme
Asus has released its new NUC 12 Extreme mini PC, also known as the Dragon Canyon, which is essentially an upgrade from last year’s model. It retains most of the internal layout and chassis of its predecessor but uses Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake platform, which is leaps and bounds more powerful than its predecessor’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake silicon. As such, we expect the NUC 12 Extreme to deliver excellent performance for its price.
The ASUS PN50 mini PC is an ultracompact computer that delivers powerful performance for a wide range of applications. Its powerful processing capabilities and small form factor mean it’s ready to tackle even the most demanding workloads. Plus, it occupies a tiny space on your desk. It’s perfect for applications where a conventional PC won’t fit, such as digital signage or home theater setups.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M70q Tiny
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M70q Gen 2 desktop PC is part of the tiny series and is an ideal choice for anyone looking for a small, compact desktop PC. It’s energy efficient, expandable, configurable, and has an impressive list of other features to offer. You can choose from a variety of configurations and configuration options, and the ThinkCentre M70q is available in various colors and sizes.
The ASUS NUC5i3RYH is an i3 mini PC with a smaller casing and a Core i3 processor. In our tests, it produced 34.9 dB of idle noise, and 36 dB under load. Both models have a similar design and weight, but the NUC5i3RYH is slimmer and lighter. The Core i3 mini PC can be used for both office and video use, and both make good impressions with their excellent performance. The only downfall is the glossy lid, which can show dust, fingerprints, and scratches.
In the PCMark 8 Home benchmark, the i3 NUC falls firmly in the middle of all tested systems. This includes HP’s Spectre 13 and Lenovo’s ThinkPad S5 Yoga 15. It achieves a narrower edge in this benchmark than the NUC5i3RYK and i3RYH, which have the same CPU. The Celeron N2820 variant, on the other hand, achieves just 40% of the i3’s performance.