The MINISFORUM S100-N100 is a tiny computer with an Intel N100 Alder Lake-N processor, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage.

Small enough to easily fit in a pocket, the little computer also has a 2.5 GbE Ethernet port and support for PoE (Power over Ethernet), meaning that you can get a high-speed internet connection and power delivery using a single cable.

You don’t need to use either of those features though. The little computer also supports WIFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 for wireless connectivity and has a USB 3.1 Type-C port that can be used for power and data.

Other ports include two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and an HDMI port. The computer also has a built-in microphone for voice input and, judging by the device’s size and ventilation, probably a fan inside the case for active cooling.

I’m tempted to call this a PC stick, since it appears to be about the same size as some of the other mini PCs that’ve shared that label in recent years. But typical PC-on-a-stick computers have an HDMI connector at one end that allows you to plug the whole computer directly into the HDMI input on a TV or monitor. The S100-N100, on the other hand, has a more traditional HDMI port, which means you’re going to need an HDMI cable to connect the system to an external display.

There’s no word on pricing or availability yet, but PC Watch got a first look at the MINISFORUM S100-N100 at CES earlier this month and has posted a set of pictures showing the tiny computer from all angles. And YouTuber ShortCircuit provided some additional details in a video looking at new MINISFORUM products on display at CES.

via TechRadar

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  1. A nice idea, but these units need more eus in the igp, and at higher frequencies.
    8 E-cores at 4Ghz, with 128eus at 2Ghz should be powerful enough for 1080p gaming..

  2. Just as with laptops, the driving factor for thickness seems to be the RJ45 Ethernet port.
    It may indeed fit in a pocket, but then you need to add a power supply. If you’re not getting PoE, you need a separate power supply or battery. Mobile users will also need big pockets (or a backpack) for a keyboard and screen.

    1. POE SPUs are roughly the same size as regular psus, with the exception of the Ethernet plug.

  3. I’d say this could work better as a PC stick than some of the other options. With a short cable (10cm) out so, you could connect it to an HDMI port and have it hang behind the TV/monitor it off sight without blocking other ports (which the TV sticks are bound to do if connected directly, which is one of the reasons the fire tv stick comes with a small extension)

  4. If it price under $100, it will be perfect replacement for pi5, and can be used as edges server/nodes.

    As a MSP, was looking for something like that, that can be put in client premises to run as a zabbix/checkMK/NMS nodes.

    The N100 has enough power for me, as most clients have less than 50-60 devices per sites.

  5. Maybe this is too heavy to plug directly into HDMI, so instead they equipped it with the port. Gives a lot more flexibility this way, so I prefer it. Too bad it doesn’t have passive cooling.