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Amazon’ Prime Big Deals Days are still a few days away, but a bunch of mini PC makers aren’t waiting for October 10th to offer discounts on their tiny computers.

You can pick up models with Intel’s low-power Alder Lake-N chips and 16GB of RAM for as little as $150, models with AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor for $239 and up, or a little computer with an Intel Core i5-12450H processor and 16GB of RAM for just $299.  And if you need more horsepower, there are also some excellent deals on mini PCs with Ryzen 7 7735HS or Ryzen 9 6900HX chips.

Beelink SER6 Max mini PC w/Ryzen 7 7735HS/16GB/1TB for $439 (Amazon w/on-page coupon)

Here are some of the best mini PC deals available on Amazon as of October 7, 2023.

Intel Alder Lake-N mini PCs

AMD Ryzen mini PCs

Intel Core mini PCs

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  1. All the “Cheap” Chinese mini-PCs these days come with an inextricable back-door controlled by “Pooh Bear” (aka the CCP). No thanks – at any price. I won’t buy any of these dangerous devices – much less a known bad web spy-cam brand from China. The CCP and the current U.S. Marxist Leadership are BOTH preparing for WAR – which will knowingly destroy the U.S. as we knew it. Given that danger, do you really want to let one of these CCP anti-U.S. monsters into your home or office?

    1. Would you happen to have a link for concise, credible, specific information about these backdoors? Are the backdoors integrated in ICs? Does China manufacture networking or mainboard ICs? I was under the impression that those are mostly made in Taiwan, Singapore, Israel, Germany, or the USA.

  2. Wow, Beelink SER 5 Ryzen 5500u looks like good value. It is a Zen 2 part and generally performs 20% slower than 5800u (Zen 3) in single and multi-core. Compared to n100, 5500u is 25% faster in single and multi-core.

    1. Right? It’s definitely a case where an older chip is quite well positioned as a competitive solution to a newer chip that’s designed for cheap, low-power systems. The N100 probably has lower power consumption, but it’s probably not a huge difference in a mini PC, where battery life isn’t an issue.

    2. I have that exact model doing duty as a HTPC, pushing 4k to our living room TV, and it performs with no hiccups. If I needed another for some reason I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again, especially at this price.

    3. Comparing only price and ‘single and multi-core’ – I assume you refer to Cinebench scores – I don’t see why the 5500U would be ‘good value’ if it would be only 25 % faster but 50 % more expensive.

      However, according to https://www.cpu-monkey.com/en/compare_cpu-intel_processor_n100-vs-amd_ryzen_5_5500u, the 5500U has a multi-core Cinebench R23 score of 6784 versus 2415 for the N100. That is not a 25 % but a 280 % difference.

      The 5500U also has six cores compared to 4 for the N100. The Vega iGPU of the former is also likely much faster than the Intel iGPU of the latter.

      And the 5500U likely supports more RAM than the official 16 GB for the N100. I wonder if it can support 64 GB, https://www.amd.com/en/products/apu/amd-ryzen-5-5500u does not list maximum RAM support.