What are the best PC and Mac minicomputers in 2021? Computers have become much miniaturized in recent years. The power of an imposing central processing unit 10 years ago is often exceeded today by computers that fit in a pocket. In this buying guide, we have selected the mini-computers and HDMI keys that we think are the best.
Need a desktop computer, but don’t want a 10kg tower under your desk? Then the mini-PCs are surely for you. Small, discreet, energy efficient and nomadic, these mini-computers have something to please. In this case, the compact computers in our selection are perfectly suited to your living room or our office, as long as you use it for simple tasks. Even if they can sometimes even go beyond … You can also equip them with Kodi to turn them into mediacenters.
Selection of the best minicomputers in 2021
Here is our pick of the best minicomputers available for purchase in 2021. All sorted by price, from cheapest to most expensive.
⭐️ Editorial selection: Mac mini M1
Pumped. Here’s how to familiarly define Apple’s new Mac mini, powered by the infamous M1 chip, which delivers up to three times the processor performance of the older generation, up to six times faster graphics performance, and up to 15 times faster machine learning speed thanks to the Neural Engine. With its compact size – just 19.7 cm square and 1.2 kg – performance and a host of ports, the Mac mini is incredibly versatile. All these elements make him number one in our selection. Especially since its price is rather contained since it starts from € 799.
- Dimensions : 3,6 x 19,7 x 19,7, 1,2 kg
- CPU : M1 chip
- GPU : M1 chip
- RAM : 8 or 16 Go
- Storage: 256 Go à 2 To
- Ports : 2 ports Thunderbolt 4, 2 ports USB‑A, 1 port HDMI 2.0, 1 port Gigabit Ethernet, 1 prise casque 3,5 mm
- Price: from € 799
Zotac ZBOX BI329
Are you looking for a mini PC but don’t want to shell out too much? Here is Zotac’s ZBOX BI329, offered at the unbeatable price of € 182. For this price, this mini-computer surprisingly comes with Windows 10. There is a Core i5, an Intel HD Graphics chipset, Bluetooth and WiFi (802.11a) connectivity. As with all Zotac ZBOXes, SO-DIMMs and 2.5-inch HDD / SSD bays will need to be added. They can be upgraded in a jiffy and without tools.
- Dimensions : 144 x 188 x 188 mm
- CPU : Intel Core i5 (genus and model not specified)
- GPU : Intel UHD Graphics 600
- RAM : —
- Storage: —
- Ports : 1 port USB 3.0 Type-C, 1 port HDMI, 1 port USB 2.0, 1 port Ethernet
- Price: 182 €
Intel NUC Kit NUC8i5BEH
Here is an excellent entry-level mini-computer (Linux compatible) placed under the bar of 350 euros: the Intel NUC Kit NUC8i5BEH. We find the essential: an 8th generation Core i5 clocked at 2.3 GHz, a 256 GB SSD, an Intel UHD Graphics 655 chipset for the graphics part and several practical ports on a daily basis. At this price, it’s hard to ask for more! Be careful, however, because you will have to buy RAM sticks alongside. You can add up to 32 GB.
- Dimensions : 11.7 x 11.2 x 5.1
- CPU : Intel Core i5 (8e gen)
- GPU : Intel UHD Graphics 655
- RAM : To add
- Storage: 256 Go
- Ports : USB, DisplayPort, Ethernet, HDMI, Thunderbolt
- Price: 339 €
CHUWI CoreBox SOLD
Here is another mini-PC model that deserves attention: the CoreBox X. Available in several configurations, we have selected this one for its value for money. There is a Core i7-6567U processor clocked at 2.2 GHz (3.2 GHz in turbo boost) and an Intel Iris 540 graphics chipset to handle most daily operations. It also comes with a Windows 10 Home license.
- Dimensions : 17.3 x 15.8 x 7.3 cm
- CPU : Intel Core i7-6567U
- GPU : Intel Iris 540
- RAM : 8 Go GDDR3
- Storage: 256 Go
- Ports : 4 ports USB 3.0, 1 port DC, 1 port DisplayPort, 1 port Ethernet, 1 port mini-jack 3,5 mm
- Price: 379 €
Minis Forum Ryzen UM250
Amazon offers several mini-computer configurations of the Minis Forum brand. This model in particular is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor coupled with a Radeon Vega 8 chipset. Strong arguments for a mini-computer offered under the 450 euro mark. There are also 16 GB of DDR4 RAM (2 x 8 GB) and 512 GB of SSD in M.2. Everything is reinstalled with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. All in all, this is a sleek mini PC that is small in size that is easy to set up and update. In addition to being equipped with numerous ports, it also offers excellent energy performance.
- Dimensions : 128 x 127 x 46 mm
- CPU : AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
- GPU : Radeon Vega 8
- RAM : 16 Go DDR4
- Storage: 512 Go
- Ports : USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, 2 Gigabit Ethernet, mini-jack 3,5 mm
- Price: from 450 €
Bleujour WOOD KUB
An unusual object, the Wood Kubb is the result of a French brand, Bleujour. This mini-PC is available in many different configurations: some ship to run on Linux, others on Windows 10. Usually each model is available in brown ash wood, walnut or light ash wood. In terms of configuration, we have selected the Windows 10 model with a Core i5-8259U clocked at 2.3GHz (3.8GHz turbo boost), which will suit most uses. We include above all this mini-PC in this selection for its unique style, which will delight those looking for a compact, simple and discreet product.
- Dimensions : 12 x 12 x 12 cm
- CPU : Core i5 8259U
- GPU : Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
- RAM : 8 Go
- Storage: 256 Go
- Ports : 1 port USB 3.0 Type C, 1 sortie HDMI 2.0, 4 ports USB 2.0, 2 ports USB 3.0, 1 port Ethernet
- Price: € 945 (and from € 690)
As you can probably imagine, mini gaming PCs don’t hit the streets. Especially in this period when the shortage of graphics cards is raging. On the other hand, this Ovegna MN8 gaming mini-PC has a Core i7-9750H (4.1 GHz turbo boost) with an NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics card with 4 GB of dedicated memory. There is also 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256 GB SSD (which could however have been important for the price) accompanied by 1 TB in HDD. WiFi 6 compatible. Linux or Android X86 can be installed on it. A relatively powerful configuration in a compact body that will allow you to play in good conditions.
- Dimensions : 22,2 x 19,5 x 3,9 cm
- CPU : Core i7-9750H
- GPU : NVDIA GTX 1650 (4 Go of VRAM)
- RAM : 16 Go DDR4
- Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD (speed not specified)
- Ports : 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port (part number not specified), 1 USB 3.0 Type-C port, 1 Ethernet port, 1 SD slot, 1 3.5 mm mini-jack port
- Price: 1 889 €
That’s all for this selection of the best mini-computers available for purchase in 2021. Obviously, this selection is not exhaustive. You are free to explore the different products to find the one that best meets your needs and your budget. And if you are more looking for a PC tower to play the latest video games, here is our selection of the best gaming PCs available in 2021.