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5 Mini PCs pack a punch at under R5k

Hidden home computing gems take form in the mini PC. AARON THORNTON, MD of Dial a Nerd, rounds up the top 5 mini PCs under R5000.



While we’re not preaching a life of minimalism, who doesn’t need a little extra office space – and for that matter, extra cash at month end? That’s why we’ve taken the time to hunt down five mini PCs priced under R5 000…first, to make your life easier, and second, to introduce you to the multiple benefits of mini PCs!  Also, did we mention that mini PCs reduce your carbon footprint, while also cutting down on expensive 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. 

Welcome to our Top 5 picks under R5k.

1. Acer Aspire Mini PC

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 tag of R4 200. 

2Revo One Windows PC

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 the smartphone app – which allows you to control the PC from your phone. The Revo One would pack a pretty powerful punch if you were to upgrade the disk storage and the RAM. (And yes, that’s a hint)

3. Mecer Extreme Jupiter Mini PC

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. On the downside, the Mecer has the highest power consumption of our top 5. 

4. Asus VivoMini UN45 Mini PC 

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. For the worker bees 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.

5. CloudGate X

The CloudGate X is the silent – and stealthy – winner on our list. With no moving parts, the CloudGate X is a startlingly quiet mini machine. The CPU is powerful enough for the device 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 the devices that we looked at: using 15 – 24W of energy. 

Comparison table: 

 Acer Aspire XC830 Celeron J4005 Acer RevoONE Windows PCMecer Extreme Jupiter Intel PentiumCloudGate SquareVivoMini UN45
Processor NameIntel Celeron J4005Intel Celeron Dual-coreCoffee Lake Pentium G5400Intel Quad Core Apollo LakeBraswell Dual Core 2957U (Optional Quad-Core Pentium N3700 ,N3150 Processor)
Processor Speed2.7Ghz1.40 GHz3.7GHzUp to 2.2 GHz1.4GHz
RAM4GB DDR4 (upgradeable to 8GB)2 or 4 GB DDR3 (upgradeable to 8GB)4GB DDR4 (upgradeable to 32GB)4 or 8 GB DDR42 GB DDR3L (upgradeable to 8GB)
Storage Capacity500GB 3.5 sata500GB Sata(Upgradeable to 2TB,2.5″)500GB 2.5 Sata(supports 1 x m2 For SSD)64 GB EMMX SSD (Upgradable to  128GB/256GB2.5″ 500GB Up to 1TB SATA III Hard Drive,32GB Up to 128GB M.2 SSD .100G ASUS Webstorage for 1 Year free usage.
Graphics CardIntel UHD Graphics 600Intel HD GraphicsIntel HD GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 500Intel HD Graphics
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-BitWindows 8.1 64 bitWindows 10 Home 64-BitWindows 10 , Linux or Chrome OSWindows 10 SL, Home or Pro 64-Bit
Power consumptionN/A65 W19V, 90W AC15 W , 24W max45 W
Price incVAT*R4 200R4 806R5 189R4 255. R3 999
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*Prices are as of August 2019 and are subject to change.