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The MINISFORUM EM780 is a tiny desktop computer with the heart of a decent laptop (but a smaller footprint, more full-sized ports, and no built-in screen, battery, or keyboard).

First unveiled in June, 2023, the MINISFORUM EM780 recently went up for pre-order in select markets including Europe, Japan, and China. Now it’s also available in the US. List prices start at $769 for a model with an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U processor, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, but it’s currently on sale for $150 off, bringing the starting price down to $619.

The little computer is basically an upgraded version of the MINISFORUM EM680 that launched last summer. The physical design hasn’t changed, so we’re still looking at an 80 x 80 x 43mm (3.15″ x 3.15″ x 1.69″) computer with a full-sized HDMI 2.1 port, two USB4 Type-C ports, three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a microSD card reader, and a headset jack.

But while the EM680 has an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, the new version features a newer chip that should bring a significant boosts in CPU and graphics performance.

Under the hood the other features are pretty much the same, including support for up to 32GB of LPDDR5-6400 dual-channel onboard memory (that’s not user upgradeable) and an M.2 2230 slot for up to PCIe Gen 4 x1 solid state storage (which is user upgradeable).

The computer features a fan for active cooling, which is pretty much a must-have feature in a computer this small that has a 28-watt processor.

Each of the computer’s USB4 ports supports power, data, and video output. The MINISFORUM EM780 supports WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, and while the computer itself doesn’t have an Ethernet port, MINISFORUM includes a compact USB-C dock with Ethernet and USB-C ports.

MINISFORUM says EM780 mini PC orders placed now should begin shipping by the end of January, 2024.

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  1. when will be similar product with four M.2 slots for solid state storage? With raid ofc 🙂

  2. Lots to like about this, except the 2230 drive. Pretty limited choice of NVMe drives in that form factor. I guess the box is only 80mm wide, though, so the choices were 2230 or 2242. The UM780 seems like the better option, if a 2TB 2230 drive isn’t gonna hold your collection of games.

    1. I agree, this would look much more attractive with M.2 2280. I like buying more high-end SSDs, and not DRAM-less economy drives from brands I’ve never heard of. Especially considering a high-end 2280 drive from Samsung is half the price of anything in 2230. I’d prefer a larger footprint if it means getting 2280.

      I’m also not super thrilled about the fact that the only rear-facing USB4 connector is also the power supply. That means if I want to use the rear USB4 for anything else, this PC requires a hub to share that port (like if I wanted dual monitors, external GPU, etc).

      I would have gladly accepted both of the USB4 ports on the rear, and move one of the Type-A ports to the front instead.

      And the price isn’t very great either. €699 is a LOT for these specs.

      1. You couldn’t fit an M.2 2280 card inside this chassis, as the case only measures 80mm (and the 2280 stands for 22mm x 80mm).

        But M.2 2242 would be nice. We’ve seen that in models that are even smaller than this.

        1. Yeah, it’s real tiny. I wonder if they have a 10x10x4 model with similar specs, but using extra box size for M.2 2280, extra HDMI/DP output and a built-in RJ45. Sometimes it’s just not worth it to save 2cm in width when you need to add USB hub and RJ45 dongle, it’s way better to have slightly larger box and no messy add-ons needed. 10x10x4 is still really small.

          1. I’m also finding the gaggle of cables from my miniPCs cumbersome. To their credit, Minisforum has included both wifi and bluetooth in this model, so the only cables one would really need, are HDMI and power. I wonder if there are any stubby wireless HDMI connectors out there?

          2. chinese company t-bao sells 6800/7840 model at 10104 form factor with lpddr and 3 2280 nvme drives