Read this before buying a Mini PC

Hardware technology, over the years has created an imperative in the technological world; either evolve or agree to fail. The enhanced software has demanded the hardware to provide adaptive and sophisticated hardware technology. While mobiles are getting strangely bigger, the personal computers are shrinking in size, becoming slimmer and smaller. One of the latest technological advancements in computer hardware is Mini PC’s. This little technological advancement has changed the anatomy of the average desktop computer. Though these tiny devices took their time to meet the demands of the individual users, the recent strides in the hardware technology have made them as powerful as any other computer. If you are upgrading to Mini PC’s the following are essentials that you need to consider.

The Mini family

When you are upgrading to the Mini PC, you have bare in your mind that you will have to upgrade your Keyboard, Monitor and Mouse as well. While upgrading, it is advisable to choose a device which is compatible with the existing hardware like the monitor, Keyboard, mouse and other devices.

These days all devices by default have an HDMI output slot. You are in luck if your monitor has the HDMI port. Most of the Mini PCs that are available in the market to come with the HDMI-to-HDMI cable. If not, you may have to buy the HDMI-to-HDMI cable. If the monitor does not have HDMI port, then you will have to get an HDMI-to-DVI converter.

The Mini PCs support the UB based or Bluetooth based Keyboard devices. If you have no other option but to buy a new one, prefer the Bluetooth responsive or a wireless Keyboard and mouse. A wireless Keyboard and Mouse will leave the USB port free.


The Mini PCs usually support the laptop RAM which is smaller in size and costs a little more than the Desktop PC. You will have to check how many DIMM slots your device has. A mismatch in the number of slots could cause unnecessary confusion. Though there are few devices that support single slot, most of the products come with two slots. It is better to be futuristic while buying the RAM which will help you avoiding overspend.

Hard Drives

The Mini PC’s usually support M.2 and 2.5 inch hard drives. The M.2 which is also called as ‘mSATA” has only the flash storage. Contrary to the standard SSDs, these SSDs are bit longer and narrower. Resembling the RAM stick, the M.2 is faster than the standard SSD.

The 2.5-inch hard drive allows the flexibility between the traditional HDD and the SSD. M 2.5 inch offers hard disks in larger capacities compared to M.2. The 2.5 inch SSD is faster compared to 2.5 inch HDD. However, the HDD M 2.5 inch compensates by offering more storage capacities. M 2.5 SSD is for someone who is looking at speed and capacity. If you think you can compromise on speed and want better capacity, then you can prefer HDD.

Operating System

Some of the devices offer the OS and few don't. Go through the specifications thoroughly and check if the product has the default OS or if it supports Windows OS. When the specs read that the Mini PC “supports” Windows OS, it means that the OS is not pre-installed but the device can function on the Windows OS. Most of the mini PC's offer Linux as the default OS, supporting the Windows. A few offer Windows OS.

When is the right time to buy?

The fundamentals remain same for the Mini PCs like any other technology. Evolve or grow obsolete. The prices may get cheaper. The products may upgrade to facilitate multiple options. The question that needs to be answered is how important your requirement is and if getting a new device is the solution for your impending IT hardware problems.

By: Karra Harika

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Submitted On Sep 01, 2016. Viewed 129 times.

Harika is a technology geek who passionately follows the latest trends and developments in technology. She believes that the renaissance in the field of IT has just begun and the road is long for the technologists to create amazingly wonderful gadgets.

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