MINI Server Computer

Computers have come a long way since the days when they took up an entire room or table. Today, you can get a powerful desktop PC the size of a peanut butter sandwich. Whether you're trying to save space at home, fit more computers into your office, create your own kiosk or squeeze a media server into your entertainment center, there's a mini PC made for you.

The is currently our favorite mini PC overall, because it offers a wide range of unique features for less than $170. This half-pound Windows 10 PC includes a built-in battery for up to 2.5 hours of unplugged use, a fingerprint reader for quick logins, a removable ports dock and the ability to use an iPad as a screen. However, the Kangaroo is powered by an Atom processor with 4GB of RAM, which means it's not powerful enough to be your primary PC.

If you don't mind bringing your own RAM, storage and OS, consider a bare bones mini PC like the Intel NUC because of its tiny, aluminum, cubelike design; speedy performance; and support for the fastest solid-state drives. Want something for hardcore gaming? Check out the or .

How We Test

We put each mini PC we review through a series of tests to determine how it performs. Synthetic benchmarks Geekbench 3 and 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited provide scores that represent overall system speed and graphics prowess, respectively.

Our real-world Spreadsheet Macro test matches 20, 000 names with their addresses to demonstrate productivity performance, and our File Transfer Test measures the hard drive or SSD's capabilities by copying 4.97GB of mixed media files. To see how well a mini PC plays games, we run World of Warcraft at various resolutions, including 1080p, and record the frame rate.

Most importantly, we use each mini PC for several hours, trying out its unique features and any preloaded software. If a system is sold as bare-bones (i.e., lacking RAM, storage or OS), we install 8GB of memory, a compatible SSD and the latest shipping version of Windows (currently Windows 10).

Startech StarTech.com 2 Port PCI Express SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Adapter with UASP - SATA PEXUSB3S24
Personal Computer (Startech)
  • Form Factor: plug-in card
  • Interface (bus) Type: PCI Express x1
  • Ports: USB 3.0 x 2
  • Add 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports with SATA power to your PCI Express-enabled PC
  • Compatible with HP Pro 6300 / Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e
  • 2 Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Card Adapter w/ UASP / 2Port USB 3.0 Controller Card
  • USB 3 PCIe Card / PCIe USB 3.0 Card
  • SATA Powered USB 3.0 PCI Express Card / PCI Express USB 3.0 Expansion Card w/ UASP
  • Add USB 3.0 Ports to a Desktop
  • Two Port 5 Gbps USB 3.0 UASP Card includes a Low Profile/half-height bracket
Corsair Corsair XMS2 DDR2 4GB (2x2GB) PC2-6400 800MHz 240-Pin Dual Channel Desktop Memory
CE (Corsair)
  • Industry Leading Lifetime Warranty
  • Latency of 5-5-5-18 for maximum reliability and performance
  • These modules allow users to experience outstanding memory performance and stability.
  • The XMS brand family is Corsair’s mainstream line of performance memory
  • Two matched 2GB modules for use with AMD and Intel DDR2 systems
Canon Canon PIXMA MG3022 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer, 8 ipm Black, 4800x600 Color, - Print, Copy, Scan
Office Product (Canon)
  • COMPACT SIZE - The PIXMA MG3022 is a great little All-In-One printer that s just the right size and has all the right features. Like canon print app, Auto Power...
  • ENHANCED WIRELESS CONECTIVITY - With its built in Wifi feature you will enjoy fast & easy hassle free prints from any of your favorite mobile devices, smartphone...
  • HYBRID INK SYSTEM - EXCEPTIONAL PRINT QUALITY - This printing device is known for its great quality prints for an affordable price with sharp black & whites...
  • EASY CONVENIENT & QUICK SETUP - You don t have to be a computer and technology scientist in order to set up this printer, it comes with an easy to follow instructions...
  • GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS - Print Speed (up to): Black: ESAT: Approx.8.0 ipm Color: ESAT: Approx. 4.0 ipm -- Number of Nozzles: Color: 960 / Pigment Black: 320 / Total:...

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