Mini PCs are novelty devices that just a few years ago were completely unknown. Only the development of better chipsets, continuous increase in performance and computing power and introduction of new versions of Android and Windows operating systems allowed growth of this interesting computers. Mini PCs have now the same capabilities as desktops and laptops and you can use it to browse the web, communicate through social media, work, watch movies, listen to music or play games. Just plug keyboard, mouse and display into USB and HDMI ports and you’re ready to go! Read our reviews of 7 different Mini PCs and see how can you use them daily.
Why do you need Mini PC?
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- Mini PC are as functional as a standard desktop computer, but they are portable. Most models are so small, that you can fit it in your pocket. They are great when you travel, because you can always have your computer with you and you don’t need to carry large laptop bag with heavy power adapter.
- Mini PCs have lots of capabilities, and can double as TV Box, Android game console, multifunctional home controller or other specialized tool. With access to plethora of Windows and Android apps, you can adapt your device to any task.
- Mini PCs are inexpensive and costs only a fraction of desktop or laptop price. Prices start from $100 or even lower and that is just 1/5 or even 1/10 cost of new computer with decent specs. Inexpensive and useful solution if you are looking for affordable computer!
That’s not exactly mini PC
Best and most affordable Mini PCs
VOYO Smart Mini PC
VOYO Smart is neat little computer with two operating systems that can be switched during boot up: Windows 8.1. and Android. It has quite fast quadcore Intel Baytrail processor with 2 GB RAM. Internal memory is 64 GB, but can be easily extended by additional 128 GB through TF card slot or even more, if you plug in external hard drive. There are 3 USB ports available, so you can connect mouse, keyboard and another device at the same time. Even though VOYO Smart isn’t equipped with Windows 10, manufacturer assures us, that in the near future upgrade to latest Windows will be possible through firmware upgrade. Buy it if you intend to install and use wide variety of apps available on 2 operating systems and want to enjoy decent computing power.
VOYO V1 VMac Mini PC
And if you need more computing power for more demanding software, try VOYO V1 VMac Mini PC. This computer has one of the fastest CPUs among reviewed here and is powered by quadcore Apollo Lake N3450. It can handle complex tasks and its performance was improved by 50 percent, compared to the previous model. Another cool feature is dual SSD hard disk expansion interface, allowing expansion to real hard drive, not only USB dongle. Computing power allows for newest OS, and so it has Windows 10 preinstalled. It is slightly larger than other Mini PCs, with full metal case, available in golden or blue, but it’s still portable and weights about 0,4 kg. Fast computer capable of any serious task.
GOLE GOLE Mini PC
This computer with funny name is advertised as “The World’s Smallest PC” and in a way, that’s not an overstatement, because besides powerful features and two operating systems, it has 5 inch display. At its heart lies quadcore Intel Atom X5-Z8350 1,84 GHz and 4GB RAM, which allows for working on Windows 10 and Android 5.1 at the same device. Granted, 720 x 1280 5-inch touchscreen display isn’t large or great, however it relieves you from necessity of having additional monitor. Naturally, you can plug in any other, preferably much larger display, through HDMI port. 2600mAh battery is sufficient for about 2 hours of work or video playback. Thanks to integrated display, this is indeed most portable and smallest computer that you can get.
Z83S TV USB Stick Mini PC
This computer should not be called ‘Mini PC’, but rather ‘Tiny PC’, because it fits in USB stick cover! That doesn’t mean it has limited capabilities: it has Windows 10 which boots in less than 30 seconds, Intel Atom X5-Z8350 quad-core CPU and Intel HD Graphics 400. Plug it in to any display device and you’ll get computer that can act as a workstation, TV Box, video game console or whatever else you want, especially that HDMI and OTG cables are included in the package. Customer reviews for this gadget are also great, with full 5.0 rating. Convenient and reliable computer.
CHUWI is known for an affordable and best bang for the buck smartphones and their Mini PC is also inexpensive and powerful at the same time. It has Android 5.1 + Window 10 Dual OS and its Intel Atom x5-Z8350 and 4GB RAM ensures, that regardless of operating system that you choose, work will proceed smoothly and without any hiccups. 64 GB is decent size for internal memory and if you want, you can easily expand it through 128 GB Micro-SD Card. Another cool feature is included air mouse, which is kind of remote controller which works very well if you intend to use it as a TV Box. Inexpensive (about $120) Mini PC for everyone.
Vensmile IPC002 Plus
Vensmile IPC002 Plus uses popular Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 processor that you can find in many tablets, so you can count on its proven reliability. 2GB RAM is less than more expensive models, but it still works well for office uses and it has Windows 10, so you can install many apps. It has ultra slim metal body which looks very nice on any desk. For less than $120 it is interesting option for anyone looking for reliable Windows 10 Mini PC.
K8 Mini PC USB 3.0 with Foldable Keyboard
Foldable purse-sized Mini PC. Isn’t this cool? It’s not just a fancy toy, though. 64-bit Windows 10 on quadcore Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 2.0 GHz and 4GB RAM guarantee that every task will go smooth and easy with this setup. There is also integrated touchpad that works very well, so you don’t need external mouse. Keyboard is waterproof, however it doesn’t have any certificate, so better don’t use it under shower. Portable and powerful, this device contains touchpad and keyboard, so it is handy and straightforward to use. Highly recommended!
Do you have your favorite Mini PC or maybe you prefer to use standard tablets? Let us know in comments below!