People nowadays tend to choose a flexible product that allows them to use it easily and doesn’t take up much space. A mini PC is an innovation to overcome large-sized PC issues where it is heavy and hard to move. Even though it is much smaller than a regular PC, a mini PC can still support daily activities, has wide software support, and is also equipped with many useful ports and connections.
Most mini PCs comes in various shape and specifications. You may need a powerful one if you routinely use heavy software such as graphics design and video editing. But you can also choose the less powerful device if you only need basic office software such as typing and emails.
Here are some mini PC that runs on Windows.
#1 GEEKOM Mini IT8 Intel i5-8279U Mini Desktop Computer
Classified as Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) series, this GEEKOM product is not sold as a bare-bone product (as the NUC usually does). It is powered by the Intel Coffee Lake i5-8279U processor, preinstalled with Windows 11 Pro, and supports Linux operating system. This mini machine comes with 16GB dual-channel DDR4 memory and can be upgraded to 32GB. You can expand the storage using M.2 SATA or the Nvme SSD up to 1TB.
Geekom provides an HDMI 2.0 port supporting a 4K ultra high definition (4096 x 2304) display, which allows you to enjoy web surfing, video streaming, and video games. A built-in cooling fan helps cool down the hardware and reduce the heat generated. WiFi 5 connectivity is available to improve wireless network performance and maintain a stable and reliable connection to accompany your daily routine.
#2 Geek+ Intel NUC 11 Enthusiast Kit NUC11PHKi7C
Powered with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, you will get 2.8 GHz – 4.7 GHz turbo speed, 4 core, 8 thread, and 12MB cache. Overall, it has enough horsepower to run the latest video games. The dimension of this product is just 5.7 inches (14.4 cm) front to back, 8.75 inches (22.2 cm) wide, and 1.6 inches (4 cm) in height. You can place it on a vertical stand to save more desk space.
This NUC series comprises Intel Optane Memory H10 (32 GB caching and 512 GB storage) solid-state storage and 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4-2666 RAM. The Intel NUC11PHKi7C allows you to install two storage drives, either SATA or PCIe NVMe. As a preinstalled PC, you will get a Windows 10 Home 64-bit operation system and 28W Intel Iris Xe Graphics up to 1.3 GHz. Some ports are available: HDMI 2.0b, Intel 2.5Gb (i225-LM) Ethernet port, Intel WiFi 6E AX411, and Bluetooth 5.2 with internal antennas.
#3 Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n is a compact, fanless, silent mini PC that is perfect for basic office and media streaming. You will be interested in its quiet sound when you have to work for a long period. It features an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8365U Processor with vPro (1.60 GHz, up to 4.10 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 6 MB Cache).
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system is installed in this computer and supported with 8 GB DDR4 2666MHz (Soldered) RAM. Lenovo picks the 512 GB PCIe SSD integrated with UHD graphics for the storage system. It has a weight of 5.14 pounds (2.3 kg) of weight, and 5 x 11 x20 inches (12.7 x 27.9 x 50.8 cm) of dimension.
#4 Intel NUC 9 Pro
As another NUC series from intel, this mini PC is equipped with powerful and upgradeable hardware. It has a size of 13.62 x 11.06 x 6.26 inches (34.5 x 28 x 15.9 cm) and 3 pounds (1.36 kg) of weight. The Intel NUC 9 pro is still powered by the Intel Core i7-9850H 9th generation processor and Intel UHD Graphics 630.
This mini PC is already installed with Windows 10 Home version. It is suitable for multimedia, personal, business usage, and casual gaming. Moreover, it comes with a total of 11 USB ports which is a significant number for a mini PC. It also has 2x thunderbolt ports. Ethernet, WiFi 6 AX200, and Bluetooth connection.
#5 Intel NUC11TNKI5
Comes with the 11th generation of Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, this mini PC has 2.4 GHz speed with 28 W of rated power. This processor has a specification of 4 cores, 8 threads, and 8MB L3 cache. Designed for business, the new Intel NUC11TNKI5 model offers some RAM and storage variants: 8 or 16 GB RAM combined with 256, 512, or 1000 GB SSD. You can also pick the bare-bone variant, where no SSD and RAM are installed if you prefer to customize it on your own.
This Windows 10 Pro PC is supported by Intel Iris Xe Graphics, Dual-channel DDR4 SODIMM slots, and SSD slots. You will get two HDMI 2.0 ports, two thunderbolt ports (including DP 1.4a and USB 4.0), and Ethernet for communication access. It can save your desk space since it comes with small dimensions (4.61 x 4.41 x 1.46 inches / 11.7 x 11.2 x 3.7 cm) and 3.26 pounds (1.4 kg) of weight. Overall, this is a powerful enough machine for its price and size. But this is may not suitable when you want to play highly demanding games.
#6 Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra
Comes with an elegant and stylish design, this Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra brings some powerful hardware to your desktop. Its design helps minimize its footprint on your desk. Even with limited internal, this PC is equipped with the Intel i5 8-8265U 8th generation processor.
Additionally, it can be geared with up to 64 GB of DDR3 RAM, a USB 2.0 port, and a USB 3.0 port and comes in 19.1 x 11.5 x 7.8 inches (48.5 x 29.2 x 19.8 cm) dimension. Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra achieved the Climate Pledge Friendly in Amazon certification, which means that this product support and commits to helping preserve the environment.
#7 Kamrui Mini PC
Designed for multimedia, personal, and business usage, the mini PC is powered with Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 (2MB cache, up to 2.3Ghz), which is faster than the Intel Atom or Celeron processor. There are three product variants: 4GB+64GB/Intel Celeron J3455, 8GB+128GB/Intel Celeron J3455, and 8GB+256GB/Intel Celeron J3455.
Kamrui Mini PC has a dimension of about 5.04 x 5.04 x 2.05 Inches (12.8 x 12.8 x 5.2 cm). It is an upgradable mini PC since it has an expansion slot to add mSATA and 2.5″ SSD or HDD (up to 2TB). For the monitor connection, it is equipped with two HDMI ports allowing you to pair it with a dual monitor setup easily. It features Windows 10 as the operating system, Ethernet, WiFi Built-in, Bluetooth, and USB ports to support your daily connectivity.