Best Mini PCs 2020

Check out our latest mini PC recommendations for fast, easy & worry-free purchase. If you don’t want to spend much time deciding on which mini PC to buy, check out our pick in the category that describes your needs the best. The models featured here have received great user reviews and have the best price/performance ratio in their respective categories.

Best for gaming

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK
4C Intel i7 3.1 – 4.2 GHz
Radeon RX Vega M GH
8.7 × 5.6 × 1.5 inch
22.1 × 14.2 × 3.9 cm
Full specifications Buy ($1040)

Best for everyday use

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i5BEK
2C Intel i3-8109U 3.0 – 3.6 GHz
Intel Iris Plus 655
4.6 × 4.4 × 2.0 inch
11.7 × 11.2 × 3.6 cm
Full specifications Buy ($326)

Best HTPC

Azzule Byte3

Azulle Byte3
4C Intel J3455 1.5 – 2.3 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 500
5.9 x 5.9 x 1.4 inch
15.0× 15.0 × 3.6 cm
Full specifications Buy ($251)

Search & Compare Mini PCs

If you already know what you want from your next mini PC you can use our searchable mini PC catalog. It is the biggest collection of mini PCs currently on the market that can be filtered by different specs. The filtering options include CPU and GPU type, available ports, including Thunderbolt, available disk and RAM slots, and more. The search covers a whole range of mini PCs from different manufacturers, from inexpensive to gaming and fanless devices.

Popular budget picks

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Price$109.90$149.99$149.99$189.99$179.99$167.90$199.90
CPU nameIntel Celeron N3060Intel Atom x5-Z8350Intel Atom x5-Z8350Intel Celeron J3455Intel Celeron J3455Intel Celeron N4000Intel Celeron J4105
CPU cores2444424
CPU frequency (GHz)1.6 - 2.481.44 - 1.921.44 - 1.921.5 - 2.31.5 - 2.31.1 - 2.61.5 - 2.5
Drive slots
Drive form factorM.2, SATA 3SATA 3M.2M.2, SATA 3
USB 3Yes, 2×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 2×Yes, 2×Yes, 3×Yes, 3×
USB-CNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, 1×
USB 2Yes, 2×Yes, 2×Yes, 3×Yes, 2×Yes, 2×NoNo
HDMIYes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 2×Yes, 2×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×
DisplayPortNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, 1×
LANYes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 1×Yes, 2×

Mini PC News From Around The Web

Minisforum Announces an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Mini PC

Minisforum is one of the most popular mini PC brands. They already offer many device models equipped with an Intel CPU, however, they have just recently announced they’re adding an AMD Ryzen-equipped mini PC to their range of devices. This is great news since currently there are very little AMD-powered mini PCs on the market, and AMD Ryzen is a powerful and long-awaited option for a mini PC.

The new mini PC will be equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor which has 4 cores/8 threads. There will be room for 2 DDR4 SO-DIMM memory sticks, 2280 M.2 SSD and 2.5″ SATA HDD or SSD disk.

Minisforum decided to crowdfund this project on Indiegogo. The campaign should start soon.

AMD Announces Open Mini PC Ecosystem With Embedded Ryzen CPUs

AMD is working with several OEM partners, including ASRock, Simply NUC, EEPD, and Onlogic, to build mini PC devices, which will initially target media, industrial, communications, and enterprise markets. Regular consumers are not the target audience for these devices, at least not at first. The devices will be built around AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 SoCs. More at Tom’s Hardware.

New Intel NUCs With 10th Generation Intel CPUs

Intel has announced new Comet Lake-based NUCs. They are powered by 10th generation Intel CPUs with i3, i5, and i7 variants, and will be available as either kits or fully functional systems.

These diminutive PCs, in accordance with their new product names, integrate ex-Comet Lake 10th-generation Core i3-10110U, i5-10210U or i7-10710U SoCs. These sub-series are called NUC10i3FN, NUC10i5FN and NUC10i7FN respectively. All 3 include kit (NUC10i3FNH/K, NUC10i5FNH/K or NUC10i7FNH/K) and mini-PC (NUC10i3FNHxx, NUC10i5FNHxx, NUC10i5FNKxx, NUC10i7FNKxx or NUC10i7FNHxx) SKUs.

Some of the leaks surrounding this series have proven true: they do indeed have USB type C, which is present on the front of each variant’s case. The NUCs 10 Performance also come equipped with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6 and 3.5mm stereo headphone ports.

More at NotebookCheck.net and Anandtech.

New Cubi 5 Mini PC From MSI

MSI has launched a new mini PC that supports up to 10th generation Comet Lake Intel CPU.

The Cubi 5 measures 4.9″ x 4.9″ x 2.1″ and has room inside for an M.2 solid state drive and/or a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD. There are two SODIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory.

And on the outside you’ll find:

  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet jack
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4 port
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • 1 x mic input
  • 1 x headphone/speaker output

More at Liliputing.

Best Mini PCs, October 2019 Update

The year 2019 is coming to an end and it’s time we updated the best mini PC recommendations for 2019.

The mini PC market is getting bigger each year and now it has come to the point where it’s become very crowded, especially in the sub-$200 budget. This made it even more difficult to pick the optimal solution for everyday use and HTPC categories.

However, based on user reviews and recommendations from other sites we decided at this time the following mini PCs are the best picks in their respective categories:

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK

Best For Gaming
Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK

Best For Everyday Use
Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK

Azulle Byte3

Best HTPC
Azulle Byte3

Azulle Access3

Best PC Stick
Azulle Access3

Head over to best mini PCs page for a detailed description of what makes these devices best in their class.

Next-Generation Intel NUC 9 Extreme Mini PC Review Leaked

Intel NUC 9 Extreme is the next generation gaming NUC from Intel that will succeed Intel NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK. The mini PC is scheduled to be released next year and there are now more details known about the device.

The most interesting about the NUC will be that it will house the Element PC board which should make upgrading the device simpler. The board includes PCIe x16 where you’ll be able to install discrete GPU and another PCIe x4 slot.

The Element PC board ships in three flavors from the i9-9980HK which is an 8 core/16 thread monster capable of hitting 5 GHz turbo (2.4GHz base) all the way down to the Core i5-9300H with 4 cores and 8 threads and a 4.1 GHz turbo (2.4GHz base). (Wccftech)