Maxtang MTN-ALN50 – An NUC-inspired mini PC with Processor N100 or Core-i3 N305 Alder Lake-N CPU

Maxtang MTN-ALN50 mini PC features a 12th-generation Intel Processor N100 or Core-i3 N305 Alder Lake-N processor and has a familiar design since it looks very much like an Intel NUC.

The mini PC support up to 32GB DDR4 memory and SATA storage, and offers three video outputs via HDMI and USB-C DisplayPort, two 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports, support for M.2 wireless modules, and five USB 3.2/2.0 ports.

Maxtang MTN-AL50

Maxtang MTN-ALN50 specifications:

  • Alder Lake-N SoC
    • Intel Processor N100 quad-core processor @ up to 3.4 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 24EU Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 6W
    • Intel Core i3-N305 octa-core processor @ up to 3.8 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 32EU Intel UHD Graphics; TDP: 15W
  • Memory – Up to 32GB single-channel SO-DIMM DDR4
  • Storage – 1x M.2 2280 SATA socket, 1x SATA (FPC) connector, optional eMMC flash
  • Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports; DisplayPort 1.4 via USB-C port
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio (headphone+mic) jack; Realtek HD audio codec
  • Networking – 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via Realtek RTL8125 controller with Wake-on-LAN support
  • USB – 3x USB 3.2 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort alt. mode (Note: the photo below wrongly shows 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.2, but specs are correct)
  • Expansion
    • M.2 SATA socket
    • M.2 socket (PCIe, USB, and CNVi) for wireless module
  • Misc
    • HW monitor with watchdog, CPU temperature, system temperature, and on-board voltage monitoring
    • Active cooling
  • Power Supply – 12V/19V DC-in
  • Dimensions – 129 x 127 x 48mm (Aluminum alloy enclosure)

Intel NUC Alder Lake N mini PC

Maxtang lists Windows 10/11 64-bit and Linux 64-bit (e..g Ubuntu) operating systems for the NUC-inspired Alder Lake-N mini PC and offers VESA mounting options.

It looks like a nice mini PC with the main downside I see being the lack of NVMe storage. It’s also not 100% clear how the FPC SATA storage works, but I’d assume it must be relying on a custom flat cable like we previously used with the Mekotronics R58 mini PC, except there should be enough space inside the Maxtang mini PC to mount a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD drive internally.

Mekotronics R58 SATA drive
2.5-inch SATA drive connected to Mekotronics R58 via FPC cable

Maxtang usually sells to businesses and the MTN-ALN50 mini computer mainly targets kiosks, point of sale (PoS) systems, digital signage, and other IoT applications so SATA storage may be fast enough for those use cases. We don’t have price information at this time, but some of Maxtang’s mini PCs usually end up on Amazon and/or their own Aliexpress store with a wider selection of models.

Via Liliputing

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