The ZX05 mini PC  is a compact desktop computer that measures just 145 x 62 x 20mm (5.7″ x 2.4″ x 0.8″, making it small enough to fit in a pocket. But it’s a full-fledged computer with a 6-watt Intel Alder Lake-N processor, 12GB of RAM, and support for Windows 11.

It’s available now from AliExpress for $150 and up.

The starting price is for a model with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM soldered to the mainboard, but no storage or operating system.

You can provide your own, courtesy of the computer’s M.2 2280 slot with support for a  PCIe NVMe SSD. But you can also pay just a little more for a model that comes with an SSD: prices range from $160 for a ZX05 with a 128GB SSD to $200 for a 1TB model.

All versions have a set of ports that includes:

  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x USB Type-C (for power input)

The system also has an Intel AX201 wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, and a CR2032 battery for a real-time clock.

According to a spec sheet on the product page, the computer may also be available with optional Intel Processor N200, Core i3-N300, or Core i3-N305 Alder Lake-N processors, and up to 16GB of RAM. But I don’t see options to purchase those configurations at the moment.

The ZX05 joins a long and constantly growing list of mini PCs powered by Intel Alder Lake-N processors.

Keep in mind that products ordered from AliExpress are shipped by small Chinese shops, and you may not get the same level of customer service and support available from other brands. But I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw similar-looking little computers show up at other retailers in the future.


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  1. Why do manufacturers keep putting usb-c ports on mini PCs that are just for power? Make it be a full-featured USB port with data and display!

    1. I half agree, I like to see usb-c pd for power for small devices like this one, for the flexibility, but it would also have been nice if they’d provided at least one usb-c for other uses like data / video.

  2. Ali express is full of scams. Did you actually test those cheap options? They are often not what’s in the spec.

    1. Ali Express is entirely scams. Every single product they sell is stolen or counterfeit, without exception. Same with Wish, Alibaba, and Temu.

  3. M.2 2280 is a great feature that not enough Mini PCs offer. That Intel logo in the corner is asking for a vintage IBM Thinkpad sticker to be placed overtop.

    The choice to put HDMI and Ethernet on opposite sides was unfortunate.