Mini PCs, just like any other pc, come with different specs. Some are better than others but it ultimately comes down to price per performance. This mini pc is priced like an eMMc laptop which are basically what used to be called a netbook, pretty much inexpensive laptops that do the bare minimum.
The upside to this mini pc over an eMMc laptop is that you trade the built in hardware (monitor,keyboard and touchpad) for slightly better specs and easily upgradable storage. This pc has more than plenty ram and has a very easy to install storage slot for 2.5 drives. The cpu and integrated graphics are also pretty decent.
If you want to use the 2.5 as the main drive then you will have to migrate windows to it because windows is installed on the integrated storage by default. If you want the 2.5 drive as only storage then you have to install it after windows setup. Installing before the windows setup will make windows write a recovery partition on it. You then have to use the disk manager to expand the rest of the storage since it will be un allocated space.
The small form factor and included mounting bracket make it very easy to install near a regular TV. I set it up on a 4k tv but moved it to a 1080 tv instead, I’ll explain why in a bit. I didn’t want to use a keyboard to keep it simple so I just connected a wireless mouse and use the onscreen keyboard. There are small keyboard/mouse devices which would work even easier than just using a mouse but for initial setup a single mouse has you covered.
This pc will output on a 4k monitor just fine but it definitely has its limits. For basic browsing and even multiple tabs the pc works just fine while set to 4k. When playing any video, streaming or local, the videos will play fine only after the menu hides from the screen, if the menu is brought up then the video will lag. This is the case for any video, YT video or local media player. This is most likely because the graphics are being pushed to its limits, the video plays smoothly enough if left alone.
By video menu I mean when you put the cursor on the video and the progress bar, subtitle, info ect… is shown. Pretty much if anything other than the video is shown on the screen then the video will lag. If you use a 1080 monitor the pc will behave like a regular computer, you don’t have the same 4k issues. The only adjustment I had to make was using the custom scaling option in the graphics software because the edges were cropped in my display.
The downside to this particular mini PC is that it doesn’t have the driver support you would get on a known brand. This means that there is no specific website you can go to update drivers. I used a software that finds driver updates based on the installed hardware and there were several updates that did improve the PCs performance. Two main updates that improved the performance were the graphics and network drivers. Adjusting the refresh rate in the settings also helped with 4k.
The other downside I noticed about this PC is that the small fan does make lots of noise. The cooling is done mostly is continuous bursts so it is very noticeable.
Overall this mini PC is pretty good for what it is, a slightly more powerful and easily upgradable alternative to an eMMc laptop but the lack of driver support might require a bit more know how to get the most out of it. For just streaming, you would have to install a dedicated streaming OS on the 2.5 drive to keep windows from taking resources in the background to help 4k playback. For 1080 it’s fine as is.
The product page also has three versions but I have no idea what the differences are. The only description difference I found was that they are all labeled differently under details “specific uses for product”, business, media and personal but the specs seem to be the same.
|商品尺寸||12.95 x 12.7 x 4.93 cm; 800 克|
|显卡芯片||Intel UHD Graphics 600|
|操作系统||Windows 11 Pro|