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The Best Mini Desktop PCs

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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If you want a desktop PC rather than a laptop for working or learning at home, if you don’t plan to play high-end games, and if you want to choose your own monitors and other accessories, consider a mini PC rather than a full-size desktop computer or an inflexible all-in-one. Mini PCs are fast enough for anything other than high-end gaming, and unlike some laptops, they include all the ports you need to connect multiple monitors and your favorite keyboard and mouse.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M70q Tiny, the best mini pc

Lenovo ThinkCentre M70q Tiny

The best mini PC
Good performance, lots of ports, a reasonably quiet fan, and easy upgradability make the ThinkCentre M70q Tiny the best mini PC for most people.
We recommend
HP ProDesk 400 G6 Mini PC, another good option

HP ProDesk 400 G6 Mini PC

Another good option
It’s normally just a bit more expensive than the M70q, but the ProDesk is just as fast and has an additional front USB port.
Another good choice
CTL Chromebox CBX2, affordable and surprisingly useful

CTL Chromebox CBX2

Affordable and surprisingly useful
CTL’s Chromebox has the same processor and ports as other cheap Chromeboxes but twice as much memory as other similarly priced models.
Budget friendly
Asus PN50, for diy-ers

Asus PN50

For DIY-ers
A “bare-bones” mini PC includes just the motherboard and processor in a box—you need to supply your own memory, storage, and operating system. We like the PN50’s speedy AMD Ryzen processors and good port selection, which includes USB-C and a microSD card slot.
Another good choice
Apple Mac mini (M1, 2020), the mac option

Apple Mac mini (M1, 2020)

The Mac option
The latest Mac mini has fewer ports and is less upgradable than its immediate predecessor, but Apple’s M1 processor offers excellent performance, and the system’s fan is whisper quiet even when you’re editing photos or videos or compiling code.
Another good choice

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