ZX05 is another Intel Processor N100 Alder Lake-N mini PC whose main selling points are its PC stick-like size (145 x 62 x 20mm) and its price with the device selling for $132.62 and up on AliExpress with 12GB RAM and an M.2 2280 socket for an NVMe SSD.
Despite its dimensions, the pocket-sized PC comes with two HDMI ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.2, and an audio jack which should cover most basic computing use cases.
- SoC – Intel Processor N100 Alder Lake-N quad-core/quad-thread processor @ up to 3.4 GHz (Turbo) with 6MB cache, 24EU Intel HD graphics @ up to 750 MHz; TDP: 6W
- System Memory – 12GB LPDDR5 soldered-on board
- Storage – Optional 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB NVMe SSD via M.2 2280 socket
- Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4Kp60
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio output via HDMI
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via Realtek RTL8111H controller
- Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 via Intel AX201 wireless module
- USB – 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
- Misc – Power button, RTC with CR2032 battery, cooling fan
- Power Supply – 12V/3A via a USB Type-C port
- Dimensions – 145 x 62 x 20mm
- Weight – 146 grams
The models with an SSD ship with Windows 11 preinstalled, but the specifications also list Windows 10 and Linux as supported operating systems. Variants with 16GB RAM and other CPUs, namely Processor N200, Core i3-N300, or Core i3-N305, are supposed to be available, but I could not find those for sale just yet.
A user on AliExpress already purchased a unit and he/she seems to be satisfied with the quality saying it’s a “very well-made product” and shared some teardown photos to prove his/her point.
The cheapest model model currently offered for around $133 including shipping sells without storage (barebone) and prices range from $141.73 (128GB) to $179.54 (1TB) if you’d like one with NMVe SSD storage and Windows 11.
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.