The Mele Quieter2D is a pocket-sized desktop computer with two HDMI 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a microSD card slot. Powered by a 6-watt Intel Celeron N4020 dual-core processor, it’s not exactly a high-performance PC, but it should be a silent computer thanks to its fanless design.

Mele’s latest mini PC is available from Amazon with a starting price of $179, but it’s currently on sale for $15 off if you click the on-page coupon.

The Quieter2D features 4G of RAM and the entry-level model comes with 64GB of eMMC storage, although you can pay an extra $20 for 128GB of storage.

Open up the case and you’ll also find an M.2 2280 slot that you can use to add a PCIe NVMe SSD if you want more and/or faster storage.

Measuring just 5.2″ x 3.2″ x 0.7″ and weighing just 7.2 ounces (203 grams), it’s small enough to fit on just about any desk, hide behind a display, or carry with you. Unfortunately, what Mele calls a “unique heat sink” that’s supposed to offer passive cooling, FanlessTech describes as a “fake heat sink case” made of plastic. So don’t be too surprised if the computer heats up under heavy load, which can affect performance.

But with a 6-watt dual-core chip, the Quieter2D should generate less heat and exhibit less throttling than the original Mele Quieter2, which launched earlier this year with a 10-watt Celeron J4125 quad-core processor. That model also has 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of eMMC storage, and a starting price of $270 (although it’s on sale for $30 off with an on-page coupon).

via FanlessTech

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8 replies on “Mele Quieter2D is a tiny fanless PC with Intel Celeron N4020 for $179”

  1. Btw, what is the fastest processor that is silent? By fastest, I mean highest multi-core score on cpubenchmark.

    1. Anything, provided there’s a passive heatsink available for the socket it uses, which also fits in a case you want to use, or there’s a case that has one built in that fits your motherboard.
      There’s actually quite a lot of products out there, they just aren’t all on the big retail sites.
      But if you’re looking for power with passive cooling, you’re pretty much going to have to assemble it yourself.

    2. A good standard bet are Akasa’s Fanless NUC cases, where you take the guts of an Intel NUC and stuff them into a case that’s basically an enormous custom heat sink. You can fit a NUC with an i7-1185G7, which scores a 10,927 according to cpubenchmark.net, into one of those. Akasa also sells a case that can house the guts of an Asus machine that uses a Ryzen 7 5700U, which scores a 16,374. Though as Some Guy says, you can go almost as fast as you want so long as you’re willing to throw lots of money, time, effort, and space at the problem.

      1. Yup, this is the best answer. However, it’s important to remember that if you’re going fanless, you probably not achieve the same passmark score. The CPU will take a performance hit going fanless.

    3. The processors don’t make noise. What cooling is used is the factor, so two computers can have the same CPU and sound totally different. I’ve seen fanless computers with desktop-class processors (I7 range) which would be silent. They require a large amount of aluminum to ferry away heat, probably run hot, and may throttle more. Some are fine, though.
      The answer to what I think your question is depends on your needs. If you want a powerful computer that’s really silent, you need to know the level of heat it has to deal with, the ventilation available for it, and then figure out whether something that generates more waste heat is suitable.

  2. This is a weird product. First off…I was interested in the original model that “released”, but it was never actually released. I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere. I heard it overheated easily and they pulled it from the market, which sounds plausible. I like(and trust) FT, so I’m actually glad he pointed out that the case is actually plastic. It looks metal and I(like probably everyone else) was assuming that the case was the heatsink, but it’s plastic you say? Strange. It’s an easy pass for me. At this level of quality & spec, 119.99 is more realistic.

  3. Still, a crappy deal for 179 I can get a larkbox with around twice the compute power, 6gb ram, 128gb storage and in a smaller package. Granted it has fewer ports but still a much better deal.

    1. You probably need a decent fan for that. I have a ningmei CR160 and it gets heated pretty fast without turning on external air cooler.

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