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The AOOSTAR T-Box is a computer that’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. But this tiny desktop computer is a versatile little PC that has three HDMI ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, along with a 3.5mm audio jack.
In other words, you can use it as a digital signage or media center that can drive up to three displays, a networking device, or a general-purpose computer… as long as your needs aren’t too demanding. It’s powered by an Intel N100 processor, which is a 6-watt quad-core chip based on Intel’s Alder Lake-N architecture.
The good news is that this is a chip designed for small, cheap laptops and mini PCs, and the T-Box definitely fits the bill. Not only is it small and low power, but it’s cheap.
At time of publication, you can pick up a model with 8GB of LPDDR5-4800 RAM and 256GB of PCIe 3.0 NVMe solid state storage from Amazon for $149 when you clip the on-page coupon.
The system features a heat sink with copper tube as well as a fan for active cooling. Memory is attached to the motherboard and therefore not user upgradeable, but the SSD is a user-replaceable M.2 2242 SSD.
Wireless capabilities are rather disappointingly capped at WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, but at this price it’s kind of hard to complain.
One other thing to keep in mind is that it’s a little unclear exactly what size this thing is. The Amazon product page shows three different measurements:
- 89 x 89 x 45mm
- 87 x 87 x 40mm
- 84 x 80 x 45mm
Even the largest of those measurements would make this computer pretty small for a desktop though, at just about 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.8″. It’s not the smallest mini PC with an Alder Lake-N chip to date, but it’s still smaller than most.