The festive season often comes with the challenge of a maxed-out bank account. We’ve asked Dial a Nerd’s CEO, Aaron Thornton, to help us out in this predicament, because everyone needs a little extra office space for the new year and some extra cash at month end.
These mini PCs will only make your life easier and you’d be surprised at the amount of benefits they boast! That even includes reducing your carbon footprint while also cutting down on power usage.
Here are a few models that can replace your home PC, while still running the same operating system you’re familiar with: Windows.
The sleek Acer Aspire is a superb start for anyone wanting to go mini. It has the basic RAM, CPU and power consumption you would expect from a mini PC and comes at a very fair price of R4,200.
Admittedly, the specs on the Revo One are a bit older compared to other PCs on the market, as it comes with Windows 8.1. However, a nice add-on is its smartphone app – which allows you to control your PC from your phone. Hint: The Revo One would pack a pretty powerful punch if you were to upgrade the disk storage and the RAM.
The Acer Aspire and Mecer are very similar in terms of specs however, the Mecer can be upgraded to 32GB RAM. Notably the Mecer also has an upgrade option to SSD to make for a faster machine. Downside: The Mecer has the highest power consumption of our top 5.
This device is an excellent example of a versatile PC packed into an impressively small and affordable package. The main benefits of its sleek and seductive design are its compact size, low power consumption, silent operation and low cost. The attractive UN45 comes with a minimum of 32GB of M.2 SSD storage, with a maximum capacity of 128GB. If you’re looking for an inexpensive PC for business purposes the UN45 offers ASUS Business Manager and the Remote Management Tool to help business owners manage and maintain the system remotely.
The CloudGate X is the silent winner on our list. With no moving parts it is a startlingly quiet mini machine. The CPU is powerful enough for it to be used as a home centre or business computer, making it an extremely valuable and efficient work tool. Like the Mecer, it uses SSD technology to give it speed. Above this, you can run Windows, Linux or Chrome OS on the CloudGate. This device is the most energy efficient out of these five devices, using 15W to 24W of energy.