Over around five years ago, it was relatively easy to find entry-level Intel mini PCs or PC sticks for less than $100, but in recent years, it’s been more of a challenge to purchase cheap Intel mini PCs unless when going the second-hand route.
But there’s now a “DeskMini” mini PC selling for $77 (with a $12 coupon) on Amazon with the system being powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 Apollo Lake processor and coming with 4GB RAM and a 64GB eMMC flash preloaded with Windows 10.
- SoC – Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz with 12 EU Intel HD Graphics 500 @ 200 MHz / 650 MHz; 6W TDP
- System Memory – 4GB DDR4
- 64GB eMMC flash
- M.2 2242 socket for SATA SSD
- Full-size SD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 port up to 4Kp30, VGA port; dual independent display support
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone+microphone jack, digital audio via HDMI
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
- Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 3x USB 3.0 ports
- Misc – Power button, Reset pinhole
- Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel
- Dimensions – 12 x 12 x 2.8 cm
- Weight – 250 grams
I would not recommend such a system to people wanting to use it as a desktop computer, even to check emails and/or browse the web, as it will feel sluggish to most people and it has various limitations with memory and storage, but I could see it being used as an inexpensive HTPC or a Smart Home gateway running Home Assistant potentially with some extra wireless dongles for Zigbee or Z-Wave.
If you’d like something a little more powerful, or the Celeron N3350 mini PC gets out of stock, the Amazon seller (COOFUN) also sells a Celeron N4000 dual-core Gemini Lake for $87 (after ticking for a $12 coupon).
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.