From your home theater PC to a wireless internet router, there is a wide range of devices that can be powered by a mini PC.
When something is small, you’re likely to use it a lot more often, but making one isn’t an easy task – there are a number of parts to the equation. These are just some of the main components you’ll need to consider:
For the mini PC to perform well, you’ll need a CPU that can keep up with its demands. Intel’s Atom processor provides the punch, though some users might prefer a newer processor like the Core m3 or Core i3, which would likely offer more power and speed. However, if you’re concerned about power consumption, the atom-powered solutions are good choices.
When it comes to memory, 8 GB is a popular choice, but 4 GB offers a better balance of price and performance, making the model shown below a good mid-range option. However, 16 GB might be better, depending on how you plan to use the PC.
Storage is an important component of any computer, so it’s important you pick a model with as much room as possible. A 500GB drive, for example, will likely be more than adequate for storing all your data.
How do choose a mini PC?
While price is one of the main considerations when choosing a mini PC, there are a number of factors to consider. These are the main areas that are likely to make or break a mini PC:
Compute performance: With a GEEKOM mini PC, you’ll be using all the components, such as the CPU and RAM, in order to perform tasks like watching a video. While 4GB or 8GB of RAM might be enough for most day-to-day tasks, if you intend to install apps and play games, you’ll want more than that.
You’ll use every component on a small PC, including the CPU and RAM, to carry out tasks like watching videos. While 4GB or 8GB of RAM may be plenty for the majority of daily work, you’ll need more if you want to install apps and play games. A small PC needs lots of connections so that it can connect to things like a display or a gaming console. Due to this, a wired or wireless adaptor will likely be required in order to connect to an older home TV. Finding a device with a lot of USB ports is also a smart idea so you can attach USB sticks, printers, and other accessories to the PC.
A tiny PC requires numerous ports.