Best Mini PCs 2020

Here are our best mini PC recommendations for 2020. We’ve made the list to simplify your decision on which PC to buy. We’ve picked a mini PC for each of the most popular categories:

Best for Gaming

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i7HVK

  • Quad core/8 threads Intel Core i7-8809G processor
  • Powerful AMD GPU
  • Many ports: Thunderbolt, USB 3, USB-C, DP, HDMI
  • Price: $1000

Best Everyday Use

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK

  • Intel i3-8109U processor
  • Very compact size
  • All the necessary ports, including Thunderbolt
  • Price: $310

Best HTPC

Azulle Byte3

  • Quad core Intel Celeron J3455 processor
  • Fanless design
  • Expandable storage, including 2.5″ slot
  • 4K video support
  • USB-C port
  • Price: $251

Best PC Stick

Azulle Access3

  • Quad core Intel Celeron N4100
  • Very small and mobile
  • Fanless design
  • 4K video support
  • Price: $270

Continue reading to find out why these models stand out from others.

However, if you’d like to pick a mini PC by yourself head over to the catalog and find the best match for you by filtering the models by the criteria that is most important to you.

Best Gaming Mini PC

Please continue to Best mini PC for gaming 2020 article to read more about our best gaming mini PC recommendation.

Best Mini PC for Everyday Use

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK

For regular use, there are lots of mini PCs to choose from. The least expensive models start all the way down at $150, while the best in the category can go up to $1000. In our opinion, it’s best to choose a device somewhere in between because that’s where you get most for your money.

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK is such a device. With it, you get a great CPU, a very decent integrated GPU and all kinds of ports (even Thunderbolt!). This device offers great performance and we’re sure it won’t get outdated anytime soon.

This mini PC is a barebone version, which gives you the freedom to add your own M.2 SSD and two SO-DIMM sticks. However, don’t worry – if you don’t want to deal with which disk and RAM to buy, the retailers will suggest them for you. Just make sure to buy an SSD, not an HDD.

Additionally, if you’re willing to spend more money, you can also check out NUC8i5BEK and NUC8i7BEH. They have better CPUs and are a better option for more compute-intensive tasks. The BEH version even has more space for an additional disk.

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEK
CPUIntel i3-8109U 3.0-3.6 GHz
GPUIntel Iris Plus 655
Size (inch)4.6 × 4.4 × 2.0
Size (cm)11.7 × 11.2 × 3.6

In the everyday use category, we feature mini PCs that have the best performance to price ratio. They’re suitable for browsing, writing articles in your favorite word processor, and watching videos.

Best Home Theater PC

Azulle Byte3

There are lots of mini PCs on the market, suitable to be used as a home theater PC. These models are usually fanless devices that won’t disturb you while watching movies, have enough storage space for your content, and appropriate ports for connecting devices you capture content with such as your phone or GoPro camera.

Azulle Byte3 is a great option for an HTPC. It has more than enough CPU and GPU power to play movies and music. For connecting it to the TV an HDMI port can be used. There’s an option to buy the device with remote control for comfortable watching. Other ports available on the device are USB 3, USB-C, USB 2 ports, and an SD card slot.

This mini PC comes with RAM installed, basic disk space and Windows 10 installed. However, there’s additional space for M.2 or 2.5″ SSD.

Azulle Byte3 is powerful enough for content consumption, however, if you want to use Plex and transcode to 4K, check out NUC8i7BEH. According to the Plex article, this mini PC meets the needed requirements.

CPUIntel Celeron J3455 1.5 – 2.3 GHz
GPUIntel HD Graphics 500
Size (inch)5.9 x 5.9 x 1.4
Size (cm)15.0× 15.0 × 3.6

In the home theater PC (HTPC) category we feature mini PCs that can be comfortably used for watching movies and photos, listen to music, and to stream content. They’re also powerful enough to browse the internet.

Best PC Stick

Azulle Access3

PC sticks are an interesting computer category. With smart TVs being more and more popular and wide-spread, there’s a question of how these devices can compete with them. Are there any advantages to have a PC stick? We think there are.

The most obvious one is that you can always take a mini PC with you. And that’s a nice advantage because you always use the same, familiar system. Also, being equipped with Windows 10 the device is capable of many more tasks than a TV system. Especially if you take a keyboard and a mouse with you, you can use it for the same things as a desktop machine, like writing, watching videos and browsing the internet.

There aren’t that many manufacturers offering PC sticks, but you still have some choices. Based on popularity and user reviews we believe that you can’t miss if you go with Azulle Access3.

It’s a full Windows 10 PC with enough RAM and storage space to do all the tasks that you’d expect from this form factor. Also, it’s a fanless device that won’t disturb you while streaming video from Netflix or Youtube. It has two USB 3 ports, audio out and a LAN port. It even has a micro SD slot for expanding the basic storage space.

Azulle Access3 is the successor of Azulle Access Plus.

Azzule Access3
CPUIntel Celeron N4100 1.1 – 2.2 GHz
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 600
Size (inch)5.2 × 2.0 × 0.75
Size (cm)13.2 × 5.1 × 1.9

PC sticks are fully functional PCs that are even smaller than your smartphone. They’re not as powerful as those from the previous category, but can still be used for the same tasks. Except that you can easily take them with you.