Chinese mini PC maker AOOSTAR seems to be carving out a niche for itself by selling compact computers with unusual features. Last month we wrote about the NAS N1 Pro mini PC with a Ryzen 5 5500U processor and two 3.5 inch drive bays for folks looking to build their own storage or networking solutions. But the company is also selling a more compact computer with a clear acrylic lid, a large cooling fan, and RGB lighting effects.
The company is positioning it as a “mini gaming PC,” which might be a bit of a stretch. But with an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS processor and Radeon 680M graphics, it’s not the worst option for folks looking for a compact computer that can handle some gaming duties.
Available from Amazon for $419 and up (when you apply an on-page coupon), the computer is powered by a 35-watt AMD “Rembrandt-R” chip with 8 Zen 3+ CPU cores, 16 threads, support for CPU speeds up to 3.2 GHz, 20MB of cache, and 12 GPU compute units based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture.
Basically it’s a more power-hungry version of the Ryzen 6800U chip that proved popular with handheld gaming PC makers in 2022. While there’s no room inside the chassis for a discrete GPU, the system does have a USB4 port with support for 40 Gbps data transfer speeds, which could allow you to connect the little computer to some external graphics docks.
But I suspect that folks who really want a high-performance gaming desktop will look elsewhere, while a system like this is probably best suited for folks looking for a small, cheap, and unique-looking PC for general-purpose use or maybe for retro gaming.
The little computer measures 130 x 130 x 54mm (5.1″ x 5.1″ x 2.1″) and most of the hardware appears to be packed into the bottom, with the clear top section featuring RGB lighting and a heat sink and fan to help keep the system cool.
- 1 x USB4 Type-C (40 Gbps data and support for up to an 8K/60Hz display)
- 1 x USB Type-C (for power only)
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 1 x HDMI
- 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x 3.5mm audio combo jack
The computer supports up to three displays and features WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity. It has an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state storage, room for a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive, and two SODIMM slots for DDR5-4800 memory.