7.8
Score

Pros

  • Compact and occupies very small footprint
  • Comes included with a Mouse and Keyboard
  • Has tons of ports for connectivity for display and Peripherals
  • Upgradability is possible - with RAM and Storage
  • Productivity Centric Machine with Power efficient U Series Intel Processor

Cons

  • Uses a 10th Gen Intel, when the 11th Gen is out and about

MiniPC is a very niche category that targets a different user base entirely, but in the recent years, they have gotten a lot innovative and interesting. You may know them under a different name, NUC – which Intel loves to call them as the Next Unit of Computing. Bringing extremely small formfactor machines into places making it easier to use. ASUS Malaysia graced us with their version of MiniPC – the PN Series, powered with the 10th Generation Intel Processors – after running this MiniPC for a while, we realized – there’s a lot more you can do with it than just use Word and Excel for work. This is the ASUS MiniPC PN62S.

Form Factor: Mini, just like in its name

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The ASUS MiniPC PN62S is a ridiculously small and cute little PC that just fits into any nook and cranny – because the form factor is just simply awesome. It has a nice robust build and feel going on despite the polycarbonate shell because there are some notable reinforcements internally. Do not underestimate its size because it sure has a lot going on to be honest. Right off the bat, you will realize the amount of ports it has. There are some easy to access ports on the front – which also includes the power button, Headphone/Microphone combo jack, Full Size USB-A, a USB-C 10Gbps, an IR Sensor for remote it seems and finally a MicroSD card slot. Once you turn it to the back, you have few more ports – DC IN, 2x USB – A, RJ45 Port, 2x HDMI and a USB-C port with DisplayPort functionality.

For something, this small form factor of a PC, it has quite the amount of ports to keep your setup connected just nice and well. Think of it having the similar amount of I/O a laptop would have. But one advantage you do have with the MiniPC here in this case, it would be the fact that – you have the option to hook it up to multiple displays if you have the need to do so. On the bottom of the MiniPC, you will find two screw holes to mount it to the back of the monitor if you want to – and its also where you get to remove some to access the internals.

Specification and Upgradability

Before we dive into the whole internals, let us look at the specification. The ASUS MiniPC PN62S comes configured with any Intel 10th Generation U Series Processor of your choice but in our case, we received the following:

  • Intel 10th Generation Core i5 Processor 10210U 4 Core, 8 threads Processor
  • Intel UHD Graphics (Comet Lake-U GT2)
  • 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
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Now the specification you see above is plain and simple, its more targeted towards business setups to handle work and productivity tasks more than graphic intensive tasks. While it is a MiniPC, it does not compromise when it comes to upgradability because almost everything can be upgraded and even added into it. Once you remove the 4 screws holding at the bottom – you can access the internals. You will notice that the SODIMM RAM slots are upgradable and you can add another 8GB stick to make it dual-channel, the M.2 SSD in this case, comes with a Kingston 256GB which also can be upgraded and right above that is a 2.5” HDD/SSD connector. You can add another storage into the system to crank the storage configuration up without touching the M.2 if you want to. The beauty is that – the MiniPC upgradability is not overwhelming and its simple to a point any one can do it.

Performance

Moving on to the performance. Based on the configuration above, you should take note that this is a U Series processor, which means its power efficient and comes with enough power one that requires a MiniPC need. We ran the following benchmarks: CrystalDiskMark, PCMARK 10, GeekBench 5 and Blender.

Starting off with Blender, in the infamous BMW Blender Render – it took about 12:35 minutes to complete the whole render. We ditched Cinebench for this because due to the new R23 made available and the scores were too good to be true and unrealistic. But worry not, the Blender test gives an idea that there is a certain extent this CPU can give a run for and anything way past that limit, is going to put the processor in stress. Given that this is a U Series processor, it performs as it should and for daily everyday task which heavily involves productivity, it handles just well as it should. Then we have other benchmark scores from PCMARK 10, GeekBench 5 which you can see it below.

Who is this ASUS MiniPC PN62S for?

The ASUS MiniPC targets a very niche user base with some special needs – something small, compact, and even easy to move around that is not a laptop. Now everyone must have a question – why not just go for a laptop instead? In today’s world of laptops, we have been seeing, not all of them offer a good amount of upgradability – the RAM or Storage or both can be soldered to the motherboard. In businesses, having a PC has a better advantage with doing local tasks to do some remote assistance and so on – just like the example on their site says: “ASUS Corporate Stable Model (CSM) program is an initiative designed to provide businesses with stable product supply and enhanced aftersales support.”

But its also an interesting option if you are planning to setup an Entertainment center at home and you want Windows running on the big screen at the Living Room. Pair it up with a Wireless keyboard and Mouse, you have a good entertainment system. The options to use the MiniPC in any case is just another proof that it offers versatility and keeping the setup simple and not too overwhelming.

Conclusion

The ASUS MiniPC PN62S is a small and feisty machine that has the room for upgrade and fits into any space, making it a versatile productivity machine. The choice for going with a U Series processor is smart in terms of thermal management and still offer good performance at work. Once again, it is a niche system – if you are in the look out for a MiniPC, the PN62S does not disappoint.