Which is best mini pc

Mini PC test: a comparison of all compact computers

Power in a mini housing

Rian Voss

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A large desktop just wastes space? Mini-PCs are small power packs whose performance ranges from simple office computers to full-blown gaming platforms - and they all have one thing in common: They are small and inconspicuous and do not have to be hidden under the table. However, there are also enormous differences between the tiny ones. We have tested 23 models and we will tell you which type of mini PC is right for you.

Mini PCs in the test: 23 compact computers in comparison

Mini PCs are perfect for anyone looking for a flexible and inconspicuous desktop computer that does its job quietly. They offer enough power for office, internet and multimedia use. And some of them are actually quite cheap.
In this post you can read: First, we will introduce you to three recommended devices from our test. Then we'll tell you how much money to spend on a good mini PC. We go into our test procedure, explain the subtle differences when buying a mini PC and finally explain whether and how well gaming works with a mini PC. The complete ranking with all test devices can be found in our leaderboard.

Mini PCs in comparison (as of May 2021)

Test winnerPrice tipStrong all-rounderInexpensive complete system

Zotac Magnus One ECM73070C

Intel NUC 10 Performance Kit BXNUC10i5FNH2

Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Gen 2 Tiny

Fujitsu Esprimo Q558

Overall grade

Overall grade

1.3 (very good)

1.5 (very good)

1.4 (very good)

3.0 (satisfactory)

Furnishing

Furnishing

1.3 (very good)

1.0 (very good)

1.1 (very good)

3.3 (Satisfactory)

power

power

1.0 (very good)

2.3 (good)

1.7 (good)

2.7 (Satisfactory)

Loudness

Loudness

1.4 (very good)

2.3 (good)

2.4 (good)

3.5 (fair)

Energy absorption

Energy absorption

2.9 (Satisfactory)

1.4 (very good)

1.2 (very good)

1.3 (very good)

Type

Type

Barebones

Barebones

Complete system

Complete system

graphic card
Quietly
Strong CPU
Expensive
Energy absorption
Good cpu
Energy absorption
Attractively priced
Thunderbolt 3
Only one video output (HDMI 2.0a)
Good cpu
Energy absorption
Lots of connections
No SD reader
Attractively priced
Energy absorption
Lots of USB ports
Very loud under load
Display port only
Small SSD
No wifi or bluetooth

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from 732 €

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Cheapest shop

from € 1,799

TO THE SHOP (Cyberport)

from 379 €

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from 732 €

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from € 278

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Test winner: Zotac Magnus One (ZBOX-ECM73070C)

  • Zotac MAGNUS One ECM73070C

    Overall grade: 1.3 (very good); Strong barebone mini PC with powerful graphics card and great features. But also expensive.

advantages
graphic card
Quietly
Strong CPU
Lots of connections
disadvantage
Expensive
Energy absorption
Zotac's Magnus series is designed for gamers and productivity. Accordingly, the Magnus One (ECM73070C) has a lot to offer: The eight-core Intel Core i7-10700 reaches 2.9 GHz (4.8 GHz in Turbo) and comes with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card, the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070. Achieve together The processing units in our performance ranking are terrific values, in the graphics benchmark "Fire Strike" the model scores an impressive 24,000 points - making the PC ideal for gaming in 1440p and in many cases also for 4K resolution. The computer only gets a bit louder under full load. The power consumption of up to 340 watts is very high compared to the non-gaming systems in the list of the best.
In terms of equipment, you get an HDMI 2.1 port and three mini display ports (1.4a). Because of the current HDMI connection, the Magnus One is very suitable as a console replacement on the television. Bluetooth 5.0 as well as WLAN-ax and a fast gigabit LAN port are on board. A total of eight USB ports are available: three 3.2 Gen 1 (corresponds to USB 3.0 with 5 GBit / s), four 3.2 Gen 2 type A (corresponds to USB 3.1 with 10 GBit / s) and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 ( Type-C). A hard drive, RAM or an operating system are not included in the scope of delivery.
The only major drawback of the Magnus One is the price: the barebone alone costs around 1,750 euros.

Price tip: Intel NUC 10 Performance Kit BXNUC10i5FNH2

  • Intel NUC 10 Performance Kit BXNUC10i5FNH2

    Overall grade: 1.5 (very good); Fairly inexpensive barebones that can be used in a variety of ways and easily upgraded.

advantages
Good cpu
Energy absorption
Attractively priced
Thunderbolt 3
disadvantage
Only one video output (HDMI 2.0a)
Intel's NUC PCs are among the most popular models among mini PCs. These are available both as a complete version and as a kit, which is the name for the barebones. Our tested NUC 10 Performance Kit for around 365 euros has neither a hard drive, RAM, nor an operating system. In return, you get a decent quad-core CPU with a 1.6 GHz minimum and 4.2 GHz boost clock with the in-house Intel Core i5-10210U.
Overall, the equipment is very good: There are four USB ports available, three of which are standard 3.2 Gen 2 (type A) and another of type C. There is also a Thunderbolt 3 port, so you could even use an external one Connect the graphics card and upgrade the Mini to a gaming PC. You can connect screens via HDMI 2.0a port There are no other video outputs. You connect the PC wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0 or ax WLAN, but you can also plug in an Ethernet cable. Especially those who want to have the Mini switched on as a media station will be pleased with the low power consumption of less than 4 watts in idle. You can hang the computer invisibly on a monitor using the VESA bracket.

Strong all-rounder: Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Gen 2 Tiny

  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q Gen 2 Tiny

    Overall grade: 1.4 (very good); Excellent all-rounder that comes with everything you need. The only weakness is the lack of an SD reader.

advantages
Good cpu
Energy absorption
Lots of connections
The M720q is a good all-round PC with no major disadvantages: The AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4560GE (3.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz) achieves good performance values ​​for everyday work, and the integrated Vega graphics unit is also up to some creative tasks.
Overall, the equipment is very good. The USB array comprises six connections, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.2 Gen 1, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 (type A) and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 (type C). The wireless connection runs via Bluetooth 5.1 and ax WLAN. In addition, the computer comes with 16 GB of RAM, a 512 GB M.2 SSD, mouse and keyboard - and all for around 730 euros. However, we miss the (micro) SD reader, but at least you can easily upgrade it via USB. An operating system is preinstalled for this. Overall, Lenovo offers a complete PC that completely covers everyday (work) life at a good price.

Inexpensive complete system: Fujitsu Esprimo Q558

  • Fujitsu Esprimo Q558

    Overall grade: 3.0 (satisfactory); A small, complete PC that has some weaknesses in its equipment, but is also very cheap. The biggest drawback is the lack of WLAN and Bluetooth adapters.