Top 10 Windows 10 mini-PCs to buy in 2017
Mini-PCs are small, capable devices that can deliver the computing power of desktop PC from 2-3 years ago. Most users do not need the latest i7 processor teamed-up with 16 GB of RAM, they only need a computer capable of performing basic to medium tasks.
Compared to regular desktop PCs, mini-PCs are cheaper, they run on less power, have eye-catching design and don’t take as much space on your desk. Mini-PCs can also be customized for specific performance.
The main downside is represented by the task limitation they impose, with very few exceptions. You cannot use a mini-PC to edit videos of photos because the results will not be satisfying. Also, don’t buy a mini-PC to use it to play games, it simply does not have the computing and the graphics power to run games smoothly. If you do want a small, portable gaming device, check out¬†this mini-tower gaming PC from MSI.
Here are the best mini-PCs available on the market
This mini-PC is indeed a monster. It is powered by an¬†Intel Core i5-4570R 3.2GHz processor with 16 GB of RAM. ¬†According to users’ feedback, it boots in five seconds. The¬†Iris Pro graphics 5200 card offers vivid images and supports¬†4K resolution output. Four USB-3.0 are available for connectivity.¬†
Gigabyte’s mini-PC weighs 5 pounds/ 2.3 kilos which is more than regular mini-PCs, but the extra-weigh is actually due to the high-quality materials used to build it.
Buy the¬†Gigabyte¬†BXi5-4570R mini-PC from Amazon for¬†$418.95 down from¬†$499.00.
This device is one of the few mini-PCs powered by a 6th Gen Intel processor, more specifically Intel¬†i7 5500U with 3.0 GHz. Other CPU configurations are available, but we will describe the i7 version.¬†
It has a noise level of¬†20.1dB and the¬†two-ball Fan Heatsink feature provides better¬†CPU protection. For fast data transfer capabilities, it supports¬†Intel Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
Cubi is very small compared to its impressive computing power:¬†4.5 x 4.4 x 1.7 inches, weighing only 1.1 pounds / 0.5 kilos.¬†
Buy MSi¬†Cubi from Amazon for $479.99.
Acer Revo One mini-PC
This is definitely not your standard definition of a mini-PC. It is small, but is extremely powerful. Powered by an¬†Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz (3MB cache) processor with 8 GB of RAM, Acer Revo is indeed “a¬†world of entertainment in a mini PC”, as the manufacturer describes it. The¬†Intel HD Graphics 5500 card together with the 1TB hard-drive make it the best mini-PC to store and watch movies.¬†
Revo One also allows you to use your smartphone as a remote, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your couch.
Lenovo Thinkcenter M700
Thinkcenter M700 is one of the few mini-PCs equipped with 6th Gen Intel processors for¬†blazing-fast responsiveness. Unlike other devices, it has been tested to military specifications against high temperatures, vibrations and shocks. This mini-PC will be just fine even if your three-year old drops¬†it to the ground.¬†Lenovo’s dust shield reduces dust intake by nearly 40%.
M700 is packed with plenty of ports:¬†6 USB 3.0 ports, DP + DP, LAN, audio ports, and an optional VGA, HDMI. With all these features, you may be wondering how big it is:¬†1.36″ x 7.20″ x 7.05″ / 34.5 x 182.9 x 179 cm, weighing only¬†1.3 lbs /0.6 kg.
Buy this amazing mini-PC from¬†Lenovo for¬†$359.10.
This mini-PC comes with audacious specs for its size. ¬†It is powered by an¬†Intel 1.6 Ghz dual-core¬†i5-5250U processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 which gives you extra GHz on demand and¬†packs 16 GB of RAM – sold separately. ¬†Images are stunningly clear¬†thanks to its¬†HD Graphics 6000 card. It weighs only 2.2 lbs/1 kilo. The¬†high-speed USB 3.0 charging port allows you to connect and charge your tablet or smartphone.
Buy Intel¬†NUC5i5RYK from Amazon for¬†$409.13.
HP Pavilion 300-230 Mini Desktop
If we were to choose three words to describe this mini-PC, they would be: powerful, elegant, fast. The device is powered by anIntel Core i3-5005U 2.0 GHz processor, is equipped with a¬†1TB¬†5400 RPM hard drive, combined with¬†4 GB SDRAM. It has¬†5.7 x 5.7 x 2.1 inches in dimension and weighs only 1.5 pounds.¬†
HP Pavilion 300-230 mini-PC uses only¬†45 watts of power, delivers¬†a truly authentic audio experience thanks to the¬†B&O PLAY feature and is multi-display compatible. It is equipped with four USB-3.0 ports for extra connectivity.
HP Pavilion 300-240 mini-PC
If you like the¬†HP Pavilion 300-230 mini-PC, buy you think it’s too expensive, you could buy the HP Pavilion 300-240¬†for almost half the price. ¬†This more affordable mini-PC is equipped with a 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 3205U¬†processor with 2 GB SDRAM. ¬†It has a¬†32 GB hard disk and it runs Windows 10 Home.
It is¬†multi-display compatible, offers extra connectivity through its four USB-3.0 ports and has the same specs in terms of dimension and weigh as its¬†Pavilion 300-230 brother.
Buy¬†the¬†HP Pavilion 300-240 mini-PC from Amazon for $228.00 down from $249.99.
This mini-PC does not impress through its design, but has interesting specs. An¬†Intel Core i3-3227U (2M Cache, 1.90 GHz Dual core) processor fuels its computing power, together with¬†8G of RAM and a storage capacity of¬†64G SSD. ¬†The pre-installed OS is Windows 7.
Mi3227 does not support Bluetooth and it consumes a maximum of 23 watts of power. It weighs only 2.2 pounds /1.5 kilos.
Buy the¬†Kettop-Mi3227 mini-PC from Amazon for $260.
The¬†Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro
This mini-PC has been developed for professionals and¬†offers¬†solid security features including a fingerprint reader and TPM 2.0. It is¬†powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor, 2GB of memory and a 32GB eMMC drive. It‚Äôs also equipped with Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory and a battery life of four hours.
ZBOX Mini PC
This is actually a mini-stick PC that comes in two variants:¬†PI221 and¬†PI220. Both models are powered by Intel CherryTrail Atom processors, with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and are equipped with one HDMI port, one¬†card reader, one USB 3.0 port and a Wi-Fi antenna. Windows 10 is pre-installed.
The chassis is made entirely of metal¬†to cool efficiently. This mini-PC is¬†5 inches / 131mm long, small enough to slide it in your pocket.
For the time being, no information is available concerning its availability or price tag. We’ll learn more at Taiwan Computex 2016 at the beginning of June, when Zotac will introduce this mini-PC.
Update:¬†you can purchase the new ZOTAC PI220¬†from Amazon for $139.99.
Acer¬†Revo Base Mini PC
This mini-PC was announced¬†at IFA 2016 and has a¬†14¬†x¬†14cm/ 5.1 x 5.1 inch footprint and 5cm/ 2 inches in height. Revo Base Mini¬†has a flexible configuration, and can also¬†be powered by¬†Intel Core i7 processors, becoming¬†a genuine powerhouse. If you need a powerful PC for home entertainment, this is the right choice for you. The¬†Intel HD graphics on board deliver crystal-clear images for the best movie experience in¬†the comfort of your home.
Windows 10 is¬†pre-installed on the Revo Base Mini, and the 2TB HDD offers you enough storage capacity for you to download as many movies as you wish. A 256GB SSD version is also available. In terms of connectivity, this mini-PC has a display port, an HDMI port that can support¬†two screens at once, four USB 3.1 ports, and a LAN cable.
Acer¬†Revo Base Mini PC has a price tag of $475, and will be available in the first quarter of 2017.
This mini-PC was also introduced at IFA 2016, and is powered by a an Intel¬†Atom-X5 Z8300 processor. Other features include 2 GB of RAM, pre-installed Windows 10 Home, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 as well as microUSB for extra connectivity. Thanks to the passive cooling system, TrekStor W3 is noiseless, making it the perfect choice for noise-restricted environments.
TrekStor W3 has a very small footprint of¬†only¬†98 x 98 x 22,5 mm/ 3.9 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches. For the time being, no information is available regarding the release date and the price tag. We’ll update this article as soon as new information is available.
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