5 excellent devices for different occasions

5 excellent devices for different occasions

January 1 is coming soon, which means it’s time to think about a gift for yourself, a colleague, a family member, a friend… Well, you yourself know who to give it to. In general, a mini-PC is a good option for a gift. And in December 2023, various manufacturers presented good variants of devices. We will talk about them today.

Morphine M6

A small device with dimensions of only 155 x 80 x 19 mm. Its size is about the size of an average smartphone. But this is a full-fledged PC that can be used as a desktop.

The device is based on Intel N100 or N200 processors, these are inexpensive chips with relative performance. The operating frequency of the first core is up to 3.4 GHz, the second core is up to 3.7 GHz. Here are the prices of mini PCs with different configurations:

  • $192 for Intel N100/16GB RAM and no SSD, or 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD
  • $196 for Intel N200/16GB RAM and no SSD
  • $229 for Intel N200/8GB RAM and no SSD

By the way, the RAM is unsoldered on the board, so it will not be possible to upgrade the RAM. But you can install two SSDs at once thanks to M.2 2280 sockets.

Here is the list of ports and connectors:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x USB Type-C (for data or video)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Type-A
  • 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x USB Type-C (for Power Only)

They are all located on one side of the case, which is quite convenient.


And this is an inexpensive mini-PC with support for the operation of three displays at once. Based on N100 processor with 16 GB LPDDR5-4800. The price of the device is $209 for the configuration with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD.

The baby has an M.2 2280 slot and a connector for SATA drives. Plus, there is a microSD slot. As for ports and connectors, the device has HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.2 Type-C ports. In addition, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The cooling system is active, but the developers assure that this device is very quiet. A wireless communication module with WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1 support is also installed inside.

Topton FU02

Here we have a more productive device with a passive cooling system. There is plenty to cool, as the Ryzen 5000U and Ryzen 700U processors are installed inside. The most productive configuration with an AMD Ryzen 7 7730U chip costs $299.

Graphics are integrated, it’s Radeon Vega 8. The starting price mentioned above is the cost of the device without memory, RAM and wireless module. Those who have all these components can save money. In addition, the manufacturer also sells a device with 64 GB of RAM, 2 TB SSD, WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.2 wireless communication module.

Here is the list of ports and connectors:

  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

A good device that can be used to solve the widest range of tasks.

ASRock 4×4 BOX 8040

Well, here is a device that can be used to solve tasks involving AI, since the processor here is Ryzen 7 8840U or Ryzen 5 8640U. These chips have Zen 4 cores, RDNA 3 graphics plus NPU 16 TOPS.

The devices support up to 96 GB of RAM, two PCIe Gen 4×4 SSDs, a wireless memory module with WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. In addition, simultaneous operation with four 4K/60Hz displays is supported.

Ports and connectors:

• 2 x USB4 Type-C (with DisplayPort 1.4a Alt Mode)
• 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
• 2 x HDMI 1.4b
• 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
• 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
• 1 x 3.5mm audio

The cooling system is active, but according to the developer, the mini PC is quite quiet. How much such a device costs, unfortunately, is not yet known, the developer has not yet presented the price.

ASRock 4×4 BOX-7040U

This mini PC is based on a Ryzen 7040U chip with Zen 4 cores and RDNA 3 graphics. A fairly powerful system without RAM and memory costs $480. The processor in this case is 7640U. You can buy a more productive model with a 7840U chip. Its price is already $570.

The size of both versions is 118 x 110 x 48 mm. It supports up to 64 GB of RAM, there is a memory module with WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2. You can connect 4 displays to a mini PC at once. Here is the list of ports and connectors:

  • 2 x HDMI 1.4b
  • 2 x USB4 (w/DisplayPort 1.4a Alt Mode)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet (RTL8125BG)
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8111EPV)
  • 1 x 3.5 mm audio

Any of the systems mentioned above can be used to solve office tasks. There are also mini PCs capable of handling heavier content — they can be used for video processing, used to solve AI tasks, etc. The cost of any of the models is relatively small, so that both the company and the ordinary user can afford one of these systems, the good thing is that they are all sold on AliExpress and other resources.

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