Best Mini PC of 2022

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Today, we will take a look at the five best Mini PCs that you can get your hands on this year:

Mini PC also referred to a thin client that can be integrated with your choice of monitors and peripherals such as a webcam and more. At the same time, a mini pc can stay hidden out of sight either under the desk or behind a monitor. Despite their small size, Mini PCs are as functional and compatible with software as traditional PCs.

1. Morefine S500+ 5900HX- Best AMD Mini PC

Most powerful Morefine Mini PC

The Morefine S500+ 5900HX strikes the right balance between performance and value. You can find a cheaper computer with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage but it won’t offer anywhere near the same performance level.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor is one of the latest and most powerful CPUs in mini-PC. With 4 cores and 4 threads, it ensures seamless multitasking and lag-free switching while you work. Upgradable RAM and SSD can enhance the speed of opening, software loading, and file loading. The AMD Radeon™ / Vega 2100 MHz GPU with 8 Compute Units provides serious graphics processing power to easily handle the demands of complex design software, UHD video editing and playback, or light gaming.

Based on advanced thermal modeling and simulation followed by real-world testing, we designed a professional-grade, pure copper heatsink equipped with dual heat pipes, and we selected high-thermal-conductivity (12W/mK) thermal compound to efficiently cool the system while preserving the small size.

The S500+ provides a large array of connectivity and expandability options both inside and out. There are 6 “regular” USB ports (type-A), including two USB 3.2 Gen. 2 ports and four USB 2.0 ports to connect hard drives, scanners, cell phones, keyboards, and countless other peripherals.

S500+ With three video output interfaces—HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, and USB type-C—you can drive three independent 4K 60Hz displays for extreme productivity. With the help of other adapters (not included), it’s even possible to connect more than three displays to improve your work efficiency, or you could use the HDMI 2.0 output with a 120Hz display.

2. Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny M720Q - Best for Corporate Office

With its M720Q, Lenovo screams professional from every angle. This unit has a small footprint and can be used horizontally or vertically and measures an impressive 7 inches by 1.35 inches. It has rub pads to prevent it from sliding on the desk and a stand can be used to position it vertically. It can also be mounted behind a monitor if you purchase the optional but inexpensive vesa mounting bracket. This sturdy metal enclosure houses a 6 cores Intel® Core™ i5-9400T Processor that can reach 3.4 GHz. The Mini pc uses a desktop grade processor instead of a lower power mobile one and the graphics are handled by an Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics card. The large air vents at the back keep the CPU and the system cool without creating a lot of noise. 

There are a wide range of CPU, RAM and Storage configurations available of this

model with the highest end version currently being an Intel® Core™ i7-8700T with a

1TB SSD and 32G RAM for 2.5 times the price of its mid-level configuration.  With one screw removed at the back, you can slide the top in front to access the inside. After that's out of the way you'll see the empty 2.5 inch storage bay where you'll be able to add a solid SSD or HDD. The bottom panel reveals two ram slots using SATA memory along with the SSD connected via M.2 Expansion Slot. 

Since it is a business device it comes with many perks it managers will love, like the lenovo vantage software that allows them to do everything from perform hardware scans to update

software and check warranty status. Security is another strength that makes it suitable for business environments. Its smart usb protection allows network administrators to control what usb devices can be allowed to connect to its USB ports.

3.Dell OptiPlex 3090 Micro - Best for Small Office

Dell has been in the business of Mini PC for years since launching its OptiPlex Series many years ago. The company has developed it into a full size Small Form Factor PC. On the micro offerings, the OptiPlex 3090 micro came out in late 2021 replacing the 3080 a year ago. With the main differences being its ability to support six to four Gigabyte of memory on its two memory slots and all of its USB ports are 3.2 Gen 1. This unit is designed to sit vertically next to a monitor leaving the front USB port and power button within easy reach.

With microphone and headphones ports, it makes a great video conferencing tool. Windows 10 comes preloaded but there is an option to have windows 11 pro installed. The processor included is a 10th Generation 6 cores Intel® Core™ i5 10500T processor with speeds up to 2.30 GHz. So it's perfect for office applications. The Intel UHD Graphics 630 shared graphics works well for watching HD videos, working in office applications and editing graphics. Video ports on the back allow you to hook up two monitors at up to 4K resolution.

The cooler makes little noise despite the power of the CPU.

There is a 2.5 inch storage slot for a SATA based HDD or SSD inside as well as two M.2 based slots. One holds the bundled PCI SSD and another holds the Wi-Fi and bluetooth card. On the front there is one USB 3.2 port and on the back are four USB 3.2 ports. All capable of speeds of up to five Gigabyte per second along with two video outputs and an RJ45 Gigabit ethernet port. There is a Kensington lock slot for securing the device to a desk, and if you order directly from Dell, there is an option to add an additional video port which can either be VGA port DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI port. The system can be fine tuned if ordered directly from Dell with options ranging from a quad core Intel i3 to an 8 core Intel i7, more RAM or replacing the SSD with an FIPS certified Self-Encrypting Drive.

Dell offers a wired keyboard as part of the base price when ordering directly from the company. An outstanding value for money is made even better by the firm's trademark three-year warranty.

4. Apple Mac Mini M1-Best Business Mini PC

The latest version may look unchanged from its predecessors but there's a revolution hiding inside. The Apple M1 processor, Apple's first big step away from using Intel processors in Macs.  The new chip offers a surprising amount of power taking on more expensive Intel

core i3 and core i5 systems, and coming out the victor paired with Apple's macOS Big Sur and Rosetta 2. It will run pretty much anything you need it to as long as it's not Windows. It's not a perfect desktop. A smaller port selection and support for only two displays is a real letdown but the overall value you get in the Mac Mini is more than we ever expected for the new more affordable price.

5. Zotac Zbox CI329 - Best Budget

Depending on how much money you want to spend on a mini pc. Sometimes it's best to build your own because you can use components you might already have such as an old laptop's hdd or ssd or buying soda memory online for a good price.

Cases and motherboards are difficult to match in this form factor so some companies offer just the bare case with the motherboard but Zotac offers you this model with the processor already installed. So you only need to add RAM and Storage.

This firm has been a pioneer in the Mini PC market with the first mini pc created in 2008 and the Zbox series a year later. It's not surprising that they are now offering this ready to assemble kit that can be described as just adding ram and a disk. 

It has a small square form factor with enough ports to meet the demands of even the most demanding users and you can connect it to old or new monitors alike powered by an Intel Celeron N4100 CPU. With passive cooling the system is totally silent and suitable for media playback, web browsing and office work. The intel uhd600 graphics delivers 4k output with h.265 and h.264 video decoding so it is a perfect choice for becoming your little

media center or homework center. In addition to the power button it has a SDHC Card Reader, one Type A and one Type C USB 3.0 port and a Hard Drive and SSD activity LED. This case also has two RJ-45 Ethernet Ports for wired networking. It comes with monitor ports with all three popular standards as HDMI 2.0 display port and VGA port a vesa mount is also included. If you want to mount this unit to the back of a monitor as soon as you have purchased the necessary memory and storage you are able to open up this tool-less design and install the required DDR4 Memory and 2.5 inch SATA HDD or SSD effortlessly. Some users found they had to enter the Bios screen to enable legacy booting and to enable the sound to avoid setup and configuration headaches. The dual-band 802.11 ac Wi-Fi with a quality external antenna along with its dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports make it also well suited to be a router or edge firewall if you have the knowledge and expertise to set it up, this product is for techies only but highly recommended.

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