Mini-PC

MinisForum has been making some interesting moves in the last few months with their computing platforms, ranging from the DMAF5 based on the Ryzen 3000H-series SoCs to the Ice Lake-based DeskMini X35G. In early August, they reached out to us to pitch their first mini-PC sporting a discrete GPU - the EliteMini H31G. Intrigued by their claims of being able to cram a 65W CPU and a 75W GPU in a chassis measuring approximately 15cm x 15cm x 6cm, we accepted their offer of a review unit to put through our standard mini-PC benchmarking process. The sample arrived last week, but we have a few thoughts to share. The EliteMini H31G is a compact mini-PC smaller than other dGPU-equipped mini-PCs we have reviewed before like...

ASRock Industrial's 4x4-BOX UCFF PC Series Goes Premium with Ryzen 4000U Renoir APUs

ASRock Industrial has been at the forefront of AMD-based UCFF PCs, being one of the first to bring out systems based on the Ryzen Embedded APUs in mid-2019. In...

36 by Ganesh T S on 9/8/2020

ASUS PN50 Mini-PC, with Ryzen Mobile 4000 APUs, Coming September

AMD launched its Ryzen Mobile 4000 ‘Renoir’ processors in January, and one of our questions was around the appetite for AMD to push mini-PC designs. Processors that have both...

66 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/3/2020

Intel NUC10i7FNH Frost Canyon Review: Hexa-Core NUC Delivers a Mixed Bag

Small form-factor (SFF) PCs and gaming systems have represented the bulk of the growing segment in the PC market over the last few years. Intel's NUC line-up has enjoyed...

86 by Ganesh T S on 3/2/2020

CES 2020: ZOTAC Announces ZBOX Edge MI643 Powered By Intel Comet Lake

All told, ZOTAC has launched several ZBOX SFF PCs at this year's CES. Typical for the company's wide reach, they're gearing up to release a range of boxes at...

6 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/9/2020

CES 2020: ZOTAC Edge CI341, A SFF PC With 6 W Passively Cooled Intel Gemini Lake CPU

With CES 2020 expected to be dominated with announcements of new mobile processors from both Intel and AMD, ZOTAC has taken things in a slightly different direction, preparing a...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/8/2020

Shuttle XPC slim DH370 mini-PC Review: A Compact Digital Signage Powerhouse

Small form-factor (SFF) machines have predominantly used 5W - 45W TDP processors. The introduction of the mini-STX form-factor standardized a compact form factor for systems with processors having a...

35 by Ganesh T S on 5/6/2019

The ASRock DeskMini A300 Review: An Affordable DIY AMD Ryzen mini-PC

Small form-factor (SFF) machines have emerged as a major growth segment in the desktop PC market. Performance per watt is an important metric for such systems, and Intel has...

89 by Ganesh T S on 4/26/2019

The ASRock DeskMini 310 Mini-PC Review: A Cost-Effective Mini-STX Platform

Small form-factor PCs and gaming systems have emerged as bright spots in the mature PC market over the last decade or so. Intel's NUC form-factor introduction was the turning...

49 by Ganesh T S on 3/15/2019

ZOTAC’s Streaming Mini-PC, the MI553B, with Integrated AVerMedia Capture Card

With the advent of streaming video games online being a core market for computer hardware manufacturers, a new initiative was announced at TwitchCon 2018 to develop smaller form factor...

7 by Ian Cutress on 1/22/2019

Shuttle XPC Slim DH370 Barebones PC: Coffee Lake with Three 4K Display Outputs

Shuttle has introduced its new ultra-compact personal computer, the XPC Slim DH370. The new desktop PC barebones is aimed primarily at multi-display special-purpose applications and can drive up to...

15 by Anton Shilov on 11/27/2018

Shuttle Announces 1.3-Liter XPC Slim DH310: A Barebones PC for Coffee Lake CPUs

Shuttle has formally introduced its new entry-level ultra-compact form-factor PC, the XPC Slim DH310, a barebones PC for Intel’s Coffee Lake processors with up to six cores. The systems...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/8/2018

ASRock DeskMini Z370 GTX1060 Review: A Compact Coffee Lake Gaming PC

Small form-factor machines have emerged as a very significant chunk of the PC market. Building on the success of the UCFF NUCs, Intel introduced the mini-STX platform in 2015...

24 by Ganesh T S on 6/12/2018

Chuwi Announces The HiGame Mini-PC With Kaby Lake G

Although we’ve mostly covered Chuwi’s laptop and tablet ventures to date, the company has just announced the HiGame mini-PC, and it’s worth a look. Chuwi is stepping out of...

25 by Brett Howse on 4/9/2018

The Intel NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) Review: Kaby Lake-G Benchmarked

Intel has enjoyed great success with its NUC line of ultra-compact and small form-factor (UCFF & SFF) PCs. While the UCFF form-factor managed to provide enough horsepower for office...

126 by Ganesh T S on 3/29/2018

Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EK71080 Compact Gaming PC Review

Gaming systems and small form-factor (SFF) PCs have turned out to be growth segments in a desktop PC market that has been subject to severe challenges recently. Many vendors...

17 by Ganesh T S on 3/28/2018

Chuwi at CES 2018: KBL-G Mini PC, Gemini Lake 2-in-1, And More

LAS VEGAS, NV – This year at CES, Chuwi is showing off a couple of new devices that they have in the pipeline. These are not yet ready for...

9 by Brett Howse on 1/11/2018

ASUS at CES 2018: New Mini PCs, PB40 and PN40, Chromebox 3 and Tinker Board S

LAS VEGAS, NV — ASUS today has announced its latest small form factor products with its PB40 and PN40 adding to its existing VivoMini and ROG GR8 II selections...

11 by Joe Shields on 1/8/2018

Ockel Sirius A is Nearing Primetime: Smartphone-Sized PC with 6-inch 1080p Display

Last year, at IFA 2016, I stumbled across the Ockel Sirius project. In its infancy, the device was seemingly straight forward: put a full PC into a smartphone sized...

65 by Ian Cutress on 9/4/2017

ASUS VivoPC X Console Now Available: Core i5, GeForce GTX 1060 for $799

Word comes that ASUS has begun selling its VivoPC X console-like small form-factor PC in the U.S. As announced back in January, the system features a quad-core processor and...

40 by Anton Shilov on 4/24/2017

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