Several Chinese mini PC makers have recently begun selling a tiny computer that measures 2.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.8″, but which packs a lot of functionality into a compact design.
With a 6-watt Intel N100 quad-core Alder Lake-N processor, the little computer should be fast enough to work as a tiny server, networking device, or basic computer. And with support for up to two displays, a 2.5 GbE Ethernet port, and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth, it also offers decent connectivity.
The first time I saw this little computer was when it showed up as the SZBOX S100 in October, and you can buy a model with that name from AliExpress, where it’s now selling for $168 and up.
But I recently noticed that you can also buy an identical mini PC called the Morefine M6+ for as little as $152.
The starting prices for both models features 16GB of LPDDR5-4800 onboard memory, which is not user upgradeable. But you’ll have to either pay extra if you want storage and and operating system pre-installed, or supply your own.
The computers feature an M.2 2242 slot with support for a PCIe 3.0 x1 SATA SSD, and both brands offer the option to pay for a system that comes with an SSD: the SZBOX version is available with up to a 1TB SSD, while the Morefine model comes with up to a 2TB SSD.
- 2 x HDMI (4K@60Hz)
- 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
- 3 x USB 3.2 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
- 1 x USB Type-C (for power only)
The little computer also has an Intel AX200 wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 and features two detachable antennas that could help with wireless reception.
While the SZBOX S100 product description describes the as “silent,” it does have a fan inside the case, as well as copper heat tubes. So you can probably expect some noise during operation.
This isn’t the first mini PC we’ve seen from SZBOX. The company has release several other small, low-power, and cheap systems that have caught our attention over the last year or two. But the S100 is one of the company’s smallest to date.
As for Morefine, it’s a little odd to see the company call this little computer the Morefine M6+, as it bears little resemblance to the Morefine M6, which is a phone-sized mini PC with a very different design.
This article was first published October 12, 2023 and most recently updated November 16, 2023.