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The T9 Plus mini PC is an 85 x 85 x 43mm (3.3″ x 3.3″ x 1.7″) computer with three HDMI ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a low-power Intel Processor N100 chip based on Alder Lake-N architecture.

It looks nearly identical to the AceMagician T8 Plus I spotted earlier this year, but the T9 Plus has a more energy-efficient processor that should deliver similar performance. And with a $117 starting price, it’s one of the cheapest Alder Lake-N mini PCs I’ve seen to date.

That starting price gets you a model with 8GB of LPDDR5-4800 memory but no storage or operating system.

It doesn’t cost much to upgrade the system though: a model with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 SATA SSD runs just $147. And a top-of-the-line model with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD is $181.

The storage is user upgradeable thanks to an M.2 2242 slot, but the RAM is not.

All models are powered by the same Intel N100 processor, which is a 4-core, 4-thread chip with support for speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 6MB of L3 cache, Intel UHD graphics with 24 execution units and speeds up to 750 MHz, and a 6 watt processor base power.

Other features include:

  • 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Type-A ports
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1 x DC power input
  • WiFi 5
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Fan + copper heat sink for cooling
  • RGB lighting along the bottom

The T9 Plus is a compact, dirt-cheap system that should have enough horsepower to drive up to three 4K displays and it could theoretically be used as a media center, file server, or digital signage system, among other things. But at the moment it’s only available from AliExpress, and while the product listing mentions Windows 11, I don’t see any mention of an active Windows license, so I wouldn’t expect much in the ways of official software or support for this product.

It could still be an interesting option for folks looking to install their own OS though.

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  1. Dear,
    I am Sohel Ahmed from Meshkat Solutions Company, Saudi Arabia.
    Can you please share us price for the below items:

    Model: T9 plus
    CPU: Alder Lake N95
    RAM: 16GB
    ROM: 512GB
    INPUT: DC 12V, 2.5A

    Qty: 01 Pcs

    Sohel Ahmed

  2. I would like it if it had passive cooling. It’s a shame having a low spec energy-efficient processor and a fan instead of heatsink case for passive cooling.

  3. Anyone know what Ethernet controllers are used in these, depending on which this would be the lowest cost pfsense/opnsense hardware you can buy that is current gen or a repurposed thinclient.

    1. Realtek 8821CE Wifi
      Realtek RTL8111/8168B x 2 gigadapters.

      All works flawlessly in Ubuntu 22.04.
      It works great as thin client OR actual normal client. All is good!

  4. “Cooler RGB running lights” my ass! If that feature cannot be deactivated, it kills the otherwise nice idea.

  5. 3 x HDMI 2.0 ports <- why not 1 x HDMI 2.1 port
    2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports <- Good 😉
    3 x USB 3.1 Type-A ports <- why not 1 x USB 4 Type-c port with DP.2.1 (ALT-Mode)

    HDMI 2.1 + USB 4 Type-c port with DP.2.1 (ALT-Mode) and nothing else 🙂

    1. Not really practical. You’d not be able to connect an HDD, a mouse and a keyboard at the same time unless you connect a USB hub.

      1. Connected next HDD? Why? next HDD For this small PC? nonsense.. In this pc You can switch NVMe SSD to larger.
        Buying this computer would only make sense if:
        1 x HDMI 2.1
        2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports <- Good 😉
        1 x USB 4 Type-c port with DP.2.1 (ALT-Mode) (yes, you can use modern dock usb)

    2. “why not 1 x USB 4 Type-c port with DP.2.1 (ALT-Mode)”
      Alder Lake N doesn’t support USB4. The lack of any Type C port whatsoever is kind of weird, I guess it might boil down to cost reductions?

      1. saving ~$5. 0 logic. Adding support for the latest USB standard would dramatically increase CPU interest. Intel is contributing to the production of electro-waste.