mini PC April. Models for solving various tasks

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New models of mini-PCs have been released by manufacturers, ranging from powerful systems to more modest configurations. The Firefly Station P3 supports three 4K displays or 8K on one, with the system based on the Rockchip RK3588 ARM processor. The Geekom Mini IT12 offers a 12-core Intel Alder Lake processor with a choice of Core i5-1240P or Core i7-1260P. The MSI Cubi N ADL offers a single slot for RAM on the motherboard, while the M8S offers an inexpensive option with an Intel Processor N100 chip. The Beelink EQ12 is sold with an N100 processor and supports up to 16 GB of DDR5 RAM.

mini PC April. Models for solving various tasks

One can only envy the activities of mini-PC manufacturers – only a few weeks have passed since the publication of the last selection of such devices, and new models have already been released. As always, among them there are productive ones, but there are not too many. But this is understandable, because they solve different tasks. Details – under the cat.



Firefly Station P3


This accessory supports simultaneous operation with three 4K displays or with 8K, but only one. The system is based on the Rockchip RK3588 ARM processor. It works with such OS as Android, Ubuntu, Debian and other Linux distributions.

The dimensions are 128 x 128 x 46 mm. It is slightly larger than the same NUC Pro, but still the system turned out to be small. The developers position it as universal. You can install up to 32 GB of LPDDR4, LPDDR4x, or LPDDR5 RAM. In addition, devices with internal memory from 16 GB to 128 GB are available. There is an M.2 2280 slot for a PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD and a slot for memory cards.

Ports and connectors:

  • 1 x HDMI 2.1 (8K@60Hz)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz)
  • 1 x USB-C port (w/DisplayPort 1.4 Alt Mode)
  • 1 x HDMI input (4K @ 60 Hz)
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x microSD

The system supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. As for the processor, as mentioned above, it is a Rockchip RK3588 with four ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores, four Cortex-A55 cores and Mali-G610 MP4 graphics.

The weight of the device is 700 grams, while the chassis is aluminum.

Unfortunately, the cost of the device is still unknown. But a similar mini-PC Station P3D, with almost similar characteristics, costs about $399.

Geekom Mini IT12


Here we have a more productive system with a 12-core Intel Alder Lake processor. The manufacturer offers a choice of Core i5-1240P with a core frequency of 4.4GHz or Core i7-1260P with a core frequency of 4.7GHz. Both changes differ in the amount of RAM and memory. In the first case, it is 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD. In the second – 16 GB or 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB or 1 TB SSD.

On one side of the system there is an audio output and two USB 3.2 ports. There is another USB port on the back, but already 2.0. In addition, there are two USB 4.0 Type C ports.

The system supports Wi-Fi 6e, there is a 2.5G Ethernet port. Plus two HDMI 2.0 ports. Accordingly, two displays can be connected to them. If you need a display with a higher resolution, you need to connect it to the USB 4 port, in this case you can work with the 8-system.

A hard drive can be placed inside if needed.

The cost of the options described above is $529 and $639, respectively. The top configuration is sold at a price of $709.

MSI Cubi N ADL


And this is a more modest mini-PC in terms of configuration, with an Alder Lake-N chip. There is only one slot for RAM on the motherboard, it is r DDR4-3200. Plus an M.2 slot and a hard drive connector.

As for the cost, everything here is not bad. Yes, Amazon is selling a device with an Intel N100 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and Windows 11 Pro for $289.

List of ports and connectors:

  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DisplayPort)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0b
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

Supports mini PC and wireless communication, WiFi 5.

M8S


Last year, a pair of Chinese companies launched the M8S mini PC with two HDMI 2.0 ports, two Ethernet ports and three USB 3.0 Type-A ports. The dimensions of the system are only 88 x 88 x 39 mm with a weight of 248 grams. Back then, PCs came with Celeron N5105 processors. Now the device has been upgraded, and they began to sell them with an Intel Processor N100 chip. On AliExpress, the price of the device is only $197.

Such a processor, of course, is not a big deal, but it is quite suitable for most office tasks. Configuration may vary. The price quoted above is for systems with 8GB of LPDDR5-4800 RAM. But you can upgrade the device to 12 GB of RAM and 2 TB of internal memory. Unfortunately, “pro-upgrade” means “order a system with a large volume from the manufacturer.” The fact is that the RAM is unsoldered on the board. Well, the drive can also be replaced by the user.

The device is equipped with an audio output, a USB-C port (power only) and an LED backlight.

Beelink EQ12


Another device that is not very productive, but suitable for solving most tasks. It is sold with an N100 processor, supports up to 16 GB of DDR5 RAM, has two 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports and supports WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2.

The cost of the mini PC is $239 for a system with 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB SSD. But for an extra $20 you can get a 16GB/500GB system.

Ports and connectors:

  • 1 x USB Type-C (10 Gbps w/DisplayPort Alt with 4K/60Hz video)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
  • 2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet (Intel i225-V)
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 (4K/60Hz)
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x DC

The cooling system is active, there is only one RAM slot. And there is one M.2 2280 slot for PCIe 3.0 NVMe.

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