A small fanless desktop computer powered by a 10-watt Intel Jasper Lake quad-core processor is available from AliExpress for about $155 and up.
The starting price will get you a barebones model with an Intel Celeron N5105 processor and no memory, storage, or operating system. But you can also pay about $40 more for a higher-performance Intel Pentium Silver N6005 chip or pay extra for up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of solid state storage.
If the computer looks familiar, that’s because the chassis seems to be heavily inspired by Zotac’s ZBOX C series of small fanless PCs. Or maybe it’s because we reported last year on a similar mini PC from Newsmay Technology that was only available to bulk purchasers at the time.
But now you can pick up what appears to be a nearly identical system for a pretty affordable price… assuming you’re comfortable ordering a no-name computer from Chinese reseller marketplace AliExpress.
The little PC has two SODIMM slots with support for DDR4-2933 memory, an M.2 2280 slot for a SATA SSD, and a fanless cooling system that seems to consist of a large heat sink and a case with ventilation holes along the top, bottom, and all sides.
Ports include Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, VGA, and four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, mic and line audio jacks, a microSD card reader, and a DC power input.
The computer has a plastic chassis that measures 123 x 123 x 45mm (4.8″ x 4.8″ x 1.8″) and it can be attached to a display with a VESA mount.