The MINISFORUM Venus UM560/UM580 is a compact desktop computer that measures about 5″ x 5″ x 1.8″ and support sup to 64GB of RAM, dual storage devices, and up to four 4K displays. And it’s available with a choice of 15-watt AMD Ryzen 5 5625U and 35-watt AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processors.

In other words, the compact computer packs the power of a mid-range laptop or a decent gaming notebook (minus the discrete graphics) into a a small form-factor desktop with upgradeable memory and storage and plenty of ports. MINISFORUM is selling the UM500 series mini PCs for $359 and up.

The $359 starting price is a price is for a barebones model with a Ryzen 5 5625U processor. Prices start at $439 for a barebones model with a Ryzen 7 5800U chip (which also comes with a higher-performance heat sink and a higher capacity power adapter). Note that those prices are part of a launch promotion though – regular pricing will be about $40 higher

Customers can also pay extra to configure the system with up to up to 32GB of RAM and up to a 512GB SSD. Models with memory and storage will come with Windows 11 pre-installed, while barebones systems ship without an operating system.

Open up the computer and you’ll find two SODIMM slots for DDR4 memory, an M.2 2280 slot for a PCIe SSD, and a 2.5 inch bay for a hard drive or SSD. There’s also a fan for active cooling. Ports include:

  • 3 x USB Type-C
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio

MINISFORUM says you can connect up to four 4K displays at 60 Hz by using both HDMI ports and the two from USB Type-C ports (which both support USB-C DisplayPort Alt mode). The USB-C port on the back of the computer is the computer’s power input.

The UM560 with a Ryzen 5 5625U processor comes with a 65W USB-C power adapter while the UM580 with a Ryzen 7 5800H chip has a 100W USB-C adapter.

This article was first published May 31, 2022 and most recently updated July 22, 2022. 

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3 replies on “MINISFORUM Venus UM500 is a mini PC with AMD Ryzen 5000 for $359 and up”

  1. Basically a NUC raised on a bed, but yeah, I enjoy NUC form factors yet I don’t want an unreliable laptop charger, a proper PSU can last you 10 years — laptop chargers tend to wear down and replacement chargers are all the more unreliable.

    1. yeah no.
      Been using those unreliable laptop chargers for over 10 years on my desktop (asrock/intel j series Mainboards) now – taken from a laptop i used about 10 years before that. So overall 20 years on that unreliable laptop charger.
      As i know others with the same setup: never seen a laptop charger beeing dead before the pc – or at all. Problems mostly were by cable break or similar.

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