AOOSTAR mini PC is a 3-in-1 AMD Ryzen 5 5500U mini PC with two 3.5-inch SATA bays making it usable as a NAS, and two 2.5GbE networking interfaces to use the mini PC as a software 2.5GbE router that has recently shown up on Amazon for $399.
The mini PC ships with a 512GB NVMe SSD preloaded with Windows 11 by default, as well as 16GB DDR4 memory. It can drive up to three independent 4K displays using HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C ports, and comes with five USB ports including one 10 Gbps USB Type-C port.
AOOSTAR mini PC specifications:
- SoC – AMD Ryzen 5 5500U hexa-core-12-thread processor @ up to 4.0GHz with AMD Radeon Graphics; TDP: 10-25W
- System Memory – 16GB DDR4, upgradeable up to 64GB DDR4 3200MHz (2x 32GB running in dual-channel mode)
- 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, 1x extra M.2 NVMe SSD socket
- 2-bay NAS compatible with 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives
- MicroSD card slot
- Video Output
- 4Kp60 video output via HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, USB Type-C port
- Up to 3x independent display
- Audio – 2-in-1 speaker/microphone jack
- 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via Intel i226V controllers
- Dual-band WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 (AX201 module)
- 2x USB 3.0 ports up to 5 Gbps
- 2x USB 2.0 ports
- 1x USB Type-C port with support for 65W charge, transfer speeds up to 10Gbps
- Misc – 2x powerful low-noise fans, heatsink
- Power Supply – DC input jack
- Dimensions – 162 x 162 x 198 mm
- Weight – 885 grams
The Amazon page has limited information about the mini PC, but a thread on Reddit explains this model is “manufactured/assembled by ODM Dongguan Tuofuton Electronic Technology, under the trade name Topton as a NAS N1 PRO, and also under the trade name KingnovyPC”. A search for NAS N1 Pro quickly points to the device on Aliexpress sold for as low as $324 for a barebone variant without RAM and storage. So if you don’t have any use for Windows 11, you can install another operating system like Ubuntu, TrueNAS, etc…
Thanks to Ian (Linuxium) for the tip.
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.