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The Mele PCG02 Pro is a tiny desktop computer that measures just 146 x 61 x 20mm (5.8″ x 2.4″ x 0.8″). It’s smaller than a typical smartphone, but packs the hardware of a full-fledged Windows (or Linux) PC.

Mele first launched the PCG02 Pro a few years ago with Intel Gemini Lake and Jasper Lake processor options, but now the company has introduced a new model with an Intel N100 Alder Lake-N processor, which should bring a significant boost in CPU and graphics performance. It’s available now from AliExpress for around $204 and up (when a coupon is applied), and should be available soon from Amazon as well.

The entry-level model features 8GB of LPDDR4x-4266 memory and 128GB of eMMC storage, but Mele will also offer models with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

All models feature support for WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1, and a set of ports that includes:

  • 2 x HDMI (4K/60Hz)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 1 x USB-C for power
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x microSD card reader (up to 2TB)

Mele ships the little computer with a 12V/2A DC power adapter, but notes that you can also use a USB-C power bank or power supply that delivers 24W or more.

The company refers to the PCG02 Pro as a PC Stick, but since it doesn’t plug directly into the HDMI port of a TV (and it’s far larger than most PC-on-a-stick systems that do), I tend to think of it as more of a pocket-sized computer that won’t take up much space on your desk or by your TV, and which can easily be transported from place to place.

It’s also a fanless system that should offer silent operation.

Unfortunately there’s one feature that earlier models had that the new Intel N100 version does not: Mele includes an M.2 2280 slot for an optional SSD if you pick up a PCG02 Pro with an Intel Celeron J4125 (Gemini Lake Refresh) processor, but if you opt for a higher-performance model with an Intel Celeron N5105 (Jasper Lake) or Intel N100 (Alder Lake-N) chip, there’s no M.2 slot, as Mele says there’s not enough room on the tiny PC’s mainboard for one.

via FanlessTech

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  1. The Quieter 4C is the same SoC, just slightly larger, has room for a 2280 M.2 SSD, and has a USB 2.0 A port for keyboard/mouse or other standard speed devices. I got mine for about $165 shipped, but I think it’s still available for around the same price as this model.

    Both devices also use the same recovery media for Windows 11, available from Mele’s support site. This is just a cut-down Quieter 4C so that makes sense.