Within its limits this is a good mini computer, but its performance limits are very real.
How much performance can you get in a computer smaller than a large paperback book for under $200? I benchmarked this mini-pc to find out!
But before I get in to that let me begin by noting that for its intended purpose--light office work, watching YouTube, writing e-mails etc.--this mini-pc performs perfectly well and is quite stable.
I should also say that everything (WiFi, HDMI, USB, etc.) works great out of the box and it does have a full version of Windows 10 that runs smoothly. The box itself is cute and feels well made.
I always begin testing a PC with 30-minutes of Prime95 (a stress testing program) to check for long-term stability and to test its cooling capabilities. This mini-pc survived that stress test without locking up or developing problems. The CPU did peak at 101 C which is much hotter than I am comfortable with, but the little fan brought the temperature down eventually and it never slowed the processor down due to heat. Nice!
Next I turned to Cinebench--a benchmark that tests the system's ability to handle media production loads and particularly the performance of its CPU. It completed the benchmark, but only scored 2047 pts. That is 1/3 of the lowest performer on the Cinebench top 200 list. It's not good, but no one every claimed this system was a screamer!
Results got even worse when I moved on the UNIGINE Superposition GPU benchmark. The integrated Intel UHD graphics simply couldn't handle the benchmark at 1080p. It did run acceptably at 720p with all of the graphical settings set to low. But even then it only scored 1429 which is lower than most people would find acceptable for playing modern games on even low settings.
Then I found the worst result. In theory the NVMe drive on this mini-pc should perform quite well, but on CrystalDiskMark it only achieved 527 MB/s Read and 175 MB/s Write. For comparison my main system with a decent NVMe drive achieves around 2400 MB/s Read and 1800 MB/s Write. The drive performance is really pretty mediocre for 2022... Although it is equivalent to early SSDs which we once thought were blazing fast.
So we are left with a mixed verdict here. I think within its boundaries, this is a great piece of kit. I am actually pretty impressed that despite my best efforts, it never glitched during stress tests. Good job! For its intended usage (media center, office computer etc.) that stability plus mediocre performance is probably enough. But its performance was low-enough that I think I would recommend spending a little more.
Why does it get 4-stars then? Well really the price point, form factor, and accessibility. If you need a PC for under $200 that will fit anywhere, and absolutely insist on using Windows instead of Linux, this option will probably do what you need. It is stable and well engineered, just slow.
As for me, I'm not sure what I will use this little unit for. Benss promises good Linux compatibility so I will probably wipe Windows 10 out and put Ubuntu on. I could see this being a useful back-up server, or maybe a host for a bunch of docker images... At the price it also kind of a fun toy just to mess with.
|包装尺寸||22.5 x 19.3 x 5.89 cm; 355 克|
|硬件平台||Windows 10 Pro|
|操作系统||Windows 10 Pro|