The personal computer market started with the invention of machines such as MITS Altair, Apple II and IBM PC. Many contributions followed, including tablets, laptops, workstations and servers, which were extremely popular. Nowadays, many computers are designed in compact form. People prefer mini PCs to huge computer towers.
Initially, it was thought that the performance of mini PCs was insufficient because it was thought that their size could not meet the computing power required by enterprises. With recent developments in technology, enterprises have access to new and powerful variations that are capable of supporting the demands of task workers, knowledge users, and power users.
The reason these machines are so popular is that they can work like desktop computers and take up almost no desktop space. If you like, you can use a standard VESA mount to connect to the back of the monitor. This is very useful in situations where space is limited or you don’t want a tower box. In addition, buy a fanless model with low noise and low energy consumption.
The technology is available in two forms: Ready-To-Go and Barebones. Ready-To-Go units come with the hard drive, RAM, and an OS. It is convenient as you can start using them immediately after taking them out of the box. Barebones systems only include the case, a processor, and a motherboard. You must purchase and install the RAM and hard drive separately. Other than being a good option for replacing an old PC or reusing its old components, they are less costly as compared to Ready-To-Go units. The Intel NUC range is one of the best Barebones picks of all time as it demonstrates exceptional computing performance in business-critical situations.
If you do not know where to start, we can help. We recommend our powerful Mini PCs, these configurations are engineered to remove IT clutter and deliver impressive 4k graphics and multimedia.
When you buy a mini computer, you won’t get anything else. You will have to buy a monitor to view images, a keyboard and mouse for input, speakers for sound, and any other peripherals you like. One option to reduce costs is to reuse any old keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers that are compatible with your system.
If this is too much for you, why not buy a new monitor that is vesa compatible? In fact, if you plan to install your mini PC on your monitor, we would recommend you to do so.
Let us assume that you plan to purchase an older version and you can upgrade to the latest version in the near future. This sounds like a plan, but using a mini PC is not so easy. When you turn on the system, you will find that there is almost no room for increase. The motherboard does not have so many slots for different components, and due to the small size of the machine, there is not enough space to accommodate them. Although you can squeeze in some technical upgrades here and there, doing so will violate the warranty, which is not something the manufacturer would recommend.
Normally, a Barebones PC does not have a Linux, Windows, Android-based or any pre-installed OS. Even with Ready-To-Go Units, you will see that some come with an OS while some do not. This is something you need to confirm before making a purchase as it will impact usage in the long run.
Simply check the product description which clearly specifies whether it supports or comes with Windows. Going by a rule of thumb, the word ‘support’ means that Windows is not pre-installed in the system; rather, it can work with the OS.
Mini PCs also support Linux, so the OS you choose depends entirely on your enterprise requirements.
Did you know that you can buy a Mini PC as a full-size desktop backup, as long as you set it up first? After all, personal computers fail from time to time, and no one wants to be bothered by a full-size tower that hinders productivity. The best Mini PCs have powerful processors, enough RAM, and take up less space than full-size desktop computers. These solutions are entering smart homes and offices, and it’s time for you to do the same.