The Mele Quieter3Q is a small, fanless computer that measures just 5.2″ x 3.2″ x 0.7″ making it about the size of a (very thick) smartphone. But it’s a full-fledged desktop PC with full-sized HDMI, Ethernet, and USB ports and a 10-watt Intel Celeron N5105 quad-core processor and support for running Windows or Linux.
And if the little computer looks familiar, that’s because it’s nearly identical to last year’s Mele Quieter2. The biggest difference is that this year’s model has a processor based on Intel’s Jasper Lake architecture rather than the older, lower-performance Gemini Lake Refresh architecture.
Mele hasn’t officially introduced the new model yet, and it’s not listed in the company’s AliExpress Store), two listings for the computer recently showed up at Amazon:
I don’t see pricing for these models at the moment, but FanlessTech reports that the 128GB version is expected to sell for $280, while the 256GB version will be priced at $300.
Both versions feature two HDMI 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a headset jack and a USB Type-C port (which appears to be used only for power).
The computer has eMMC storage and a microSD card reader, but there’s also an M.2 2280 slot under the hood that can be used to add PCIe NVMe storage. Wireless capabilities include WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. And the little computer can be attached to the back of display with a VESA mount.
The Mele Quieter3Q comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, but Mele says it also supports Windows 11 or Linux.
Since the computer is passively cooled and has no moving parts, it shouldn’t generate any noise. But some users have expressed concerns about the previous-gen model’s performance, since it may generate more heat under heavy load than the chassis can effectively dissipate without a fan. With the new Quieter3Q featuring an identical design, it remains to be seen whether the move to a new processor is enough to alleviate the risks of overheating.