Five mini PC barebones and complete systems in the test


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In order to display the broadest possible selection of the range of mini-PCs, from the powerful multi-core model in a slightly larger housing to the ultra-mini with noiseless passive cooling for 200 euros, we brought five devices to the test laboratory. We limited ourselves to mini-PCs with combination processors from Intel and AMD. Despite a long lead time, some were only recently available. To work smoothly, they should have at least four cores and support 16 GB of RAM.

From Asus come the optically almost identical, but internally very differently equipped mini-PCs PN41 and PN51, from the German company EEPD comes the EM Pro Mini with eight-core Ryzen and extended temperature range, Gigabyte uses Intel’s current Tiger Lake CPUs and in the Brix Thunderbolt 4 and Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Mini 5 comes with proven Comet Lake technology in a designer housing.

Two PCs reached us as complete systems with Windows 10: the EM Pro Mini and Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Mini 5. The three other PCs – two Asus and the Gigabyte Brix – are barebones with a soldered-on processor. RAM and SSD, like the operating system, have to be organized and installed by yourself.

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