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 Pclocater.com : 2019

 Best Mini Computers

       Reviews and Buying Guide

Of 2019

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  • Intel Celeron Processor: Quad-Core Intel Celeron J3455 Processor

 

  • 8GB RAM,120GB mSATA SSD, Besides, you can install 2.5-Inch SATA SSD(up to 2TB) to the internal expansion bay to speed up the performance.

  • Small But Powerful: 4K HD for visually home entertainment PC, HTPC, powerful enough to do all the office work, light games, digital Security and surveillance, digital signage, media center, conference room, etc.

 

  • Windows 10 OS: Pre-installed with Windows 10 Home Edition(64bit) OS

 

  • I/O Specifications: Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports,2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port,1 x Micro SD Card port,2 x HDMI port support Dual Display

 

  • Excellent Processor with Windows 10 Pro: This small GN41 mini pc equipped with advanced processor Gemini Lake N4100 and Windows 10 Pro pre-installed, which offers an excellent performance of Internet and Office applications, Media player, Monitor, Projector and TV. An ideal mini pc for users to play games, utilize apps, stream video contents etc.

  • Support Power on by Alarm and WOL: the GN41 Mini PC supports S5 RTC Wake Settings, just set it on BIOS, you could start the mini pc whenever you want, which is very intelligent.

 

  • Fanless and Silence design: Very Silent with great performance, this mini pc adopts energy efficient components and cooling elements, there is no noisy during operating and the resolution up to 4096*[email protected] and plays 4K video smoothly.

  • Intel Celeron 1007U/1037U Dual Core, 2M Cache, 22 nm Lithography CPU

 

  • 8GB DDR3L RAM, 128GB mSATA SSD(Solid State Disk), Fanless, Metal Case

 

  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics, Max Dynamic Frequency 1GHz

 

  • 2*NICs, 4*COM RS232, HDMI, VGA, 4*USB 3.0, 4*USB 2.0

  • Intel 8th Generation i7-8550U CPU, 4 Cores, 8 Threads; Kaby Lake R; 8MB Cache, Base Frequency: 1.8GHz; Max Turbo Frequency: 4.0GHz.

 

  • 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM, 256GB MSATA/NGFF M.2 SSD; Intel 300M Dual-Band 2.4/5GHz Wireless Network Card.

 

  • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, 4K: [email protected]; Full Gigabyte LAN, HDMI, DP, 4 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0+1 SD Card Reader, Audio in/output.

 

  • Fanless, Smart Design, Full Metal Case, Silent Working, High-Speed CPU & SSD

  • Intel NUC NUC8i5BEK Mini PC/HTPC With All New Parts Assembled

 

  • 8th Generation Intel Quad-Core i5-8259U 2.3GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 3.8GHz, 4MB Cache

 

  • 16GB DDR4 2400MHz, 1TB m.2 Solid State Drive

 

  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4k Support, Card Reader, Dual Monitor Capable, Security Slot

 

  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 4x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI 2.0a, 1x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

  • Intel Quad-Core i7-6770HQ 2.6GHz Up to 3.5GHz

 

  • 16GB DDR4

 

  • 256GB SSD M.2 Sata

 

  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2 Windows 10 Pro

 

  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, 1x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

  • Processor 3.50 Intel Core i7

 

  • Ram 16GB

 

  • Hard Drive 512GB

 

  • Graphics CoProcessor Intel Integrated Graphics

 

  • Wireless Type 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

  • Intel NUC NUC8i7BEH Mini PC/HTPC With All New Parts Assembled

 

  • 8th Generation Intel Quad-Core i7-8559U 2.7GHz With Turbo Boost Up to 4.5GHz, 4MB Cache

 

  • 32GB DDR4 2400MHz, 512GB Solid State Drive SATA III (You Could Add A 2nd Drive)

 

  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4k Support, Card Reader, Dual Monitor Capable, Security Slot

 

  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 4x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI 2.0a, 1x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

  • Intel NUC NUC7i7BNH Mini PC/HTPC With All New Parts Assembled

 

  • 7th Generation Intel Dual-Core i7-7567U 3.5GHz With Turbo Boost Upto 4.0GHz, 4MB Cache

 

  • 32GB DDR4 2133MHz, 256GB Solid State Drive SATA III Plus 1TB HDD

 

  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet, 4k Support, Card Reader, Dual Monitor Capable

 

  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack

  • Intel NUC NUC8i7HNK Mini PC/HTPC With All New Parts Assembled

 

  • Intel Quad-Core i7-8705G 3.1GHz With Turbo Boost Up to 4.1GHz, 8MB Cache

 

  • 32GB DDR4 2400MHz, 128GB m.2 SSD, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics

 

  • Supports Up to 6 Monitors, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x Thunderbolt 3

 

  • Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x Mini DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI

The KODLIX GN41 Mini PC is a fanless computer, which makes it very quiet but also comes with some limitations. I Would not recommend for high performance task like gaming but would make a nice computer for browsing the web, checking email and other basic tasks.

 

It does stream 4k videos smoothly and is a nice mid-grade computer that doesn't take up much space. 

 

For more information on the Kodlix GN41 

 

The  ACEPC AK2 Mini PC comes with a Solid-State Drive,  An SSD would give you better performance, draw less power and conduct less heat than a mechanical hard drive. It comes with 120GB and is expandable to 2TBs. It comes with 8GB of Ram.  Comes equipped with 4k HD for home entertainment, runs great on a Plex server.

 

This is an impressive and fast little machine.   I would recommend this PC if you're looking for 4K home entertainment at a great price.

 

For more information on the Accept Ak2 Mini Pc 

The Kingdel Windows 10 Industrial PC is also a fanless model, so it is silent. The Kingdel Industrial PC handles media streaming nicely. It comes with a 128Gb SSD drive and 8GBs of Ram.

 

It has a super fast boot up speed and would make a great computer for those looking for a small, quiet and fast mid-grade computer. 

 

For more information on the Kingdel Industrial PC 

The Kingdel NC860 Fanless Mini PC is another fanless PC that makes zero noise. It is great for a home theater and streaming.  It drives a 4K display effortlessly. It stays cool under a normal load.

 

This Mini Computer has an Intel 8th Generation i7 processor,  16GB ram and 256 SSD for an impressively fast system. It can likely handle most high-end processing tasks.

 

For more information on the Kingdel NC860 Mini PC 

The Intel NUC NUC8i5BEK Mini PC has an I5 8th generation processor, 16GB Ram, expandable to 32 GBs,  plus a whopping 1TB SSD. The processor has a turbo boost of up 3.8 GHz.

 

This is a solid and very fast little beast of a PC.  This  PC and can handle most games pretty well.  Another great system for streaming 4K and for home theater. Can likely handle most high-end processing tasks.

 

For more information on the NUC8i5BEK Mini PC 

 

The Intel NUC NUC6i7KYK Mini PC, weighing in at only 1.5 lbs is super fast and compact.  It runs off an Intel 7, 6th generation processor has turbo boost up to 3.5 GHz, Comes armed with 4 cores, making it great for multitasking. It has 16 GB Ram, which is expandable to 32GBs. It comes with a 256 GB SSD.  

 

Can stream 4K seamlessly. Another great little PC with a powerful punch, awesome for entertainment or other high-end processing tasks.  

 

For more information on the NUC6i7KYK Mini PC

The Intel NUC 7 Enthusiast comes equipped with 4K for ultra HD, can handle up to three 4k monitors at a time.   It has a 3.5 Intel Core I7 7567U  processor, 16GB of Ram and a 512 GB SSD.  

 

Weighing only 2.5lbs and around 4 inches,  it is compact yet powerful and sturdy.  This mini computer comes equipped with a fan and could handle most games and tasks that you throw at it.

 

For more information on the Intel NUC 7 Enthusiast 

The Intel NUC NUC8i7BEH Mini PC comes with an Intel Quad Core I7 8th generation,  2.7  with turbo boost up to 4.5 GHz processor. It comes with 32 GB Ram and a 512 GB SSD drive, with the option to add a second drive.

 

Comes equipped for 4K streaming.  Despite not being fanless, it said to run quietly. The specs on this mini PC are top of the line and I have no doubt this mini computer could hand most games and high processing tasks if not all. 

 

For more information on the NUC8i7BEH Mini PC

The Intel NUC NUC7i7BNH Mini PC comes with 32GBs of ram, I7-7567U up to 4.0GHz processor, 256 GB SSD plus 1TB HDD.  Supports 4K streaming.

 

It can handle high-end processing, like video editing. Can run most games seamlessly.  Very responsive and fast to boot up.  Awesome little computer all around. 

 

For more information on the NUC7i7BNH Mini PC

 

The Intel NUC NUC8I7HNK Mini PC has a Core i7 8th generation processor with speeds up to 4.1GHz, 32GB Ram and 128GB SSD.

 

This mini PC supports up to 6 displays. Weighs 3lbs, but is a powerhouse.

 

This little PC handles games and other high-end processing tasks with no problem.  It's dedicated AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics are powerful enough to run VR applications and play graphically demanding games with ease. 

 

For more information on the  NUC8I7HNK Mini PC

The MSI Trident X Plus 9SF-054US  is a high-end gaming computer. It comes an Intel Core i0-9900k Processor 8 cores 3.6-5.0 GHz.  32GB Ram, 512GB SSD plus 2TB HDD. It has a groundbreaking graphics card.  NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti Ventus 11G OC graphics .

 

 It is powerful, compact and sleek, not as tiny as the others, weighs 14lbs but it makes up in power. This small gaming PC weighs about half the size of a standard Desktop Computer. It has a stylish glass panel with RGB case lighting. It has a dual fan design to keep things cool.  This is an awesome computer that can handle everything. 

 

For more information on the MSI Trident X Plus   

 

  • 6GB DDR+64GB ROM --ACEPC AK1 built-in Intel Celeron J3455 processor at 1.50Ghz up to 2.3Ghz in Turbo mode and Intel HD Graphics, Pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit) and loaded with 6GB RAM, 64GB Flash Memory, set up is effortless.

 

  • Dual Display --Equipped with dual output display ports (2*HDMI port). 4K Ultra HD video playback, delight in producing stunning visuals.

 

  • Multifunctional Wireless Support -- 2.4G+5G Dual Band WiFi, Ethernet Gigabit 1000MB/s LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, very convenient to connect other devices to the mini desktop computers.

 

  • Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports,2 x USB 3.0 ports,2 x HDMI port,1 x Gigabit Ethernet port,1 x Micro SD Card port,1x Headphone Microphone Port.

The ACEPC AK1 has a fast startup and good performance.  It can stream 4k videos online with no problem.  It is surprisingly powerful and could handle what most mid-range laptops can.

 It only comes with a  64GB hard drive which would be the bare minimum that I would go with, but if you don't plan on storing a lot of pictures, videos, etc on your PC, then it should plenty.

 

 It is very budget friendly so If you need a computer for emailing, web surfing, document processing, or 4k streaming this could be the computer for you, however for high-end processing tasks like video editing and gaming you might want to go with something else. 

 

For more information on the ACEPC AK1 Mini PC 

 

Because Mini PCs can be used for so many different things, they come in a variety of options. There is a lot to consider when choosing a Mini PC, the Processor,  Ram, and Storage needs are a few. If you plan on using it as your primary PC,  I’d recommend sticking to an i3-, i5- or i7-based model (lower cost units use Intel’s older Pentium or Celeron processors). If you plan on doing more processor intensive tasks, such as video editing or even gaming, going with an i7-based model would be optimal. If you will primarily use it to browse the web an i3- or i5-based unit will work just fine. Generally Speaking the more Ram you have the faster your PC will run, depending on what program you are using. If you do a lot of multi-tasking I would recommend at least 8GBs of Ram. Many Mini PCs go up to 32GBs of Ram, I would expect better performance the higher you go. Lastly, depending on your needs you will need to choose between a  Hard Disk Drive and a Solid State Drive ( some come equipped with both). An HDD usually carries more space and is generally less expensive. With an SSD you will have a much faster boot up time and all around performance but likely less storage space depending on how much you want to spend. If you're looking for a real speedy little computer, without breaking the bank, I would go with an i5 or i7, 12- 16GB with a  Solid State Drive.

Recommendations On Choosing A Mini PC

I've listed below, a variety of 12 of the best Mini PCs available.  Ranging from mid-range to higher end little PCs.  I have only listed those with the highest ratings, found on the Web.  If you're looking to save some money and still get a great deal, you can check out my reviews on Refurbished Mini PCs.

  • Type: small form Factor PC With Mini-ITX MB | Operating System: Win 10 Pro

 

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-9900k Processor 8 Cores 3.6-5.0 GHz 16M Cache

 

  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2080Ti Ventus 11G OC w/true-to-life Ray Tracing Technology

 

  • Memory: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz (16GB x 2), 2 x U-DIMM DDR4 2400MHz, Max 32GB | Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (512GB x1) + 2TB 5400Rpm (2.5") HDD

 

  • Special Features: real-time Ray tracing | Tempered Glass Side panel | RGB Case Lighting | dedicated cooling Chambers for GPU, CPU, and PSU | overclocking CPU

Benefits of owning a Mini Computer

If  you're in the market for a desktop computer, you may want to consider a Mini Desktop Computer, 

Mini Computers or Mini PCs consume low power compared to a full-size desktop and take up much less space. 

 

They are small enough, that you can attach them to the back of a monitor or television, this can be a big advantage for those with limited space. Their small size also makes them portable, measuring roughly 4 inches and weighing around 2 pounds.

 

Mini Desktop PCs are generally quieter than large Desktops and are less prone to error due to dirt and dust. Some Desktop Mini PCs are made fanless, which makes them truly silent.

 

Some Mini Computers are capable of being used as a home theater with 4k output, you can even attach the unit to the back of your tv and use it as a huge computer, or stream 4k video.

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