We’ve seen a range of mini PCs based on the Intel Processor N100 “Alder Lake-N” SoC in recent months, and the T9 Plus is yet another one but offered in an ultra-compact (85x85x43 mm) form factor, yet still offering three HDMI 2.0 video output, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and three USB ports. Pricing is also a highlight since the mini PC sells for as low as $117 in barebone configuration.
The mini PC also features either 8GB or 16GB LPDDR5, an optional M.2 SATA or NVMe 2240 SSD up to 1TB, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and an audio jack. Unsurprisingly for this small form factor, it’s not fanless, and actively cooled by a heat pipe, heat sink, and “silent fan”.
T9 Plus mini PC specifications:
- SoC – Intel Processor N100 quad-core Alder Lake-N processor @ up to 3.4 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 24EU Intel HD graphics @ 750 MHz; TDP: 6W
- System Memory – 8GB or 16GB LPDDR5 @ 4800MHz
- Storage – 256GB or 512MB M.2 SATA 2240 SSD or 512GB or 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
- Video Output – 3x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4Kp60; triple independent display support
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio output via HDMI ports
- 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
- Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless module
- USB – 3x USB 3.2 ports
- Power button
- Kensington lock slot
- Heatsink and fan for active cooling
- BIOS features: Wake-on-LAN (WoL), RTC wake-up, and automatic startup
- Cooler RGB strip
- Power Supply – 12V/4A via DC jack
- Dimensions – 85 x 85 x 43mm
- Weight – Around 200 grams
As noted by Liliputing, the T9 Plus looks very similar to the Acemagician T8PLUS except it relies on an Intel Processor N100 instead of the Intel Processor N95 found in the latter, offers more options in terms of RAM and storage capacity, and adds an RGB strip which hopefully can be controlled/disabled by software.
The models that ship with an SSD come preloaded with Windows 11, but as we’ve seen in our review of the Beelink EQ12 mini PC, Ubuntu 22.04, Proxmox, pfSense, TrueNAS, and other operating systems should run fine as well minus missing drivers for the WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 module.
Pricing starts at $117 for the barebone model with 8GB LPDDR5, and even less when taking into account the $3.42 store coupon offered at this time, and up to $180.98 with 16GB LPDDR5 and a 1TB NVMe SSD. The T9 Plus mini PC is also available on other Aliexpress stores, including one that sells it as a gaming machine with joysticks and an optional “game card”, but the prices in those shops are quite higher.
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.