There’s now another option with MeLE Quieter2 mini PC, that is even smaller than the Gemini M mini PC, albeit slightly thicker, and more important does without the fan, as a completely fanless, silent design as the name implies.
- SoC – Intel Celeron J4125 quad-core Gemini Lake Refresh processor @ 2.00 GHz / 2.7 GHz (Turbo) with Intel UHD Graphics 600; 10W TDP
- System Memory – 8GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 128GB or 256GB eMMC flash, M.2 2280 SATA/NVMe socket, MicroSD card reader
- Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4K @ 60 Hz
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone+mic jack, digital audio output via HDMI
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet port, dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports
- Power Button
- CMOS reset pinhole
- Kensington lock
- BIOS with support for Wake on LAN, PXE, BIOS One-Step Reset, Auto Power on, RTC wake up
- Power Supply – Via USB-C port
- Dimensions – 131 x 81 x 18.3mm
- Weight – 203 grams
MeLE Quieter2 ships a power adapter, a silicone cooling pad for SSD heat dissipation, and a user manual, and comes preloaded with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, although the company says it is compatible with Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.
Besides being fanless, the mini PC does come with some advantages over Beelink Gemini M, including larger eMMC flash storage, support for standard M.2 2280 NVMe/SATA SSD’s instead of just M.2 2240 SATA SSD’s, and two HDMI 2.0 ports for dual 4Kp60 display setup.
The MeLE mini PC also adds a Kensington lock, and gets its power from a USB-C port instead of a power barrel jack. Let’s hope it’s a USB PD compliant port and not some non-standard 12V USB-C power input as found in Chuwi Larkbox.
We’ll also have to see if MeLE has to tweak the TDP, and performance, to make Quieter2 fanless. Several years ago, Ian reviewed Zotac ZBOX Pi225 SSD-like mini PC, with an even more compact design, and found out Zotac had to limit the performance to keep the temperature to an acceptable level, and as a result, ZBOX Pi225 was significantly slower than other Celeron N3350 mini PCs under load. We are trying to get a sample to let Ian check it out, but no guarantees.
MeLE Quieter2 mini PC can be purchased on Aliexpress for $239.99 plus shipping with 128GB eMMC flash. You’ll save around $3 by waiting around one day as a promotion will soon kick in.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.