Minisforum TL50 is a mini PC based on Intel Core i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake quad-core/octa-thread processor that ships with 12GB RAM, and optional 256GB and 512GB SSD preloaded with Windows 10 Pro.
The mini PC also features two 2.5 Gbps Gigabit Ethernet ports, two 2.5-inch SATA drives, one M.2 slot for NVMe SSD, and supports 8K and 4K monitor setups through HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C video outputs. It was announced a few months ago, but it’s now available for sale for $699.99 and more on Banggood depending on storage options.
- SoC – Intel Core i5-1135G7 4 cores/8 threads Tiger Lake processor @ 2.4 GHz / 4.20 GHz (Turbo) with 8MB cache, 80 EU Intel Iris Xe Graphics @ up to 1.30GHz; TDP: 12 to 28W
- System Memory – 12GB LPDDR4 soldered on board
- M.2 2280 socket for NVMe PCIe SSD optionally fitted with a 256GB or 512GB SSD
- 2x 2.5-inch SATA HDD slots
- Video Output
- 1x HDMI 2.0 connector up to 4Kp60
- 1x DisplayPort connector up to 8Kp60
- 1x DisplayPort Alt. mode via USB-C port up to 8Kp60
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 3.5mm microphone jack, built-in microphone
- Digital audio via HDMI & DisplayPort connectors
- 2x 2.5Gbps Ethernet RJ45 ports
- Dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1 via preinstalled M.2 2230 wireless module (AX200x)
- USB – 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 1x USB Type-C port for data, video and power, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – Clear CMOS, Kensington lock support
- Power – 19V/3.42A via DC jack (adapter included), or via USB-C port
- Dimensions – 149.6 × 149.6 × 55mm
The mini PC is said to come with Windows 10 Pro, although I’m not sure how that works with the version without SSD. I doubt the company includes a license key for you to install Windows on your own. The model without storage may be especially interesting to people wanting to install Linux distributions like Ubuntu. Linux was very quickly tested by TechTablets on an early sample (See video below), but somehow WiFi and Bluetooth did not work due to a driver issue. We would be able to test Linux in much more detail on CNX Software, but MINISFORUM has no interest in sending us mini PC samples for review.
The base model with 12GB RAM without storage is sold for $699.99, and adding a 256GB or 512GB NVMe SSD will bring the price to $764.99 or $812.99 respectively.
The mini PC can support two SATA drivers on top of the NVMe SSD, but everything is quite packed as shown in the exploded view below, so cooling for the drives might become an issue, as the fan is placed on top to cool the processor.
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.