Best Mini Desktops

Best Mini Desktop PC: Asus Vivomini

The Asus Vivomini is one of the most popular mini desktops. It was released back in 2013 and it is manufactured by Asus.

The laptop comes with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive storage capacity and Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card. The price range from $499 to $999 depending upon the model. There are some models available which have 4K display resolution.

Asus Vivomini Specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor (2.6GHz/3.4GHz Turbo) or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Quad-Core Processor (3.5 GHz / 3.8 GHz Turbo).

Memory – 8 GB DDR4 2400 MHz Memory (Max)

Storage Capacity – 1 TB Hard Drive + 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)

Display Resolution – Up to 3840 x 2160 pixels at 60 Hz with support for up to four external displays.

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Graphics Card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Processor (1280 CUDA Cores) with 4GB VRAM. Supports DirectX 12 API and OpenGL 4.5.

Connectivity – 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Two USB 3.0, One HDMI, One Mini DisplayPort, SD Card Reader (UHS-I), Gigabit Ethernet and Stereo Headphone/Microphone Jack.

Weight – 3.75 lbs.


Very powerful.

Fastest SSD and RAM available at this price range.

Decent battery life.


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There are laptops with better displays available in the market.

The laptop is a bit bulky.

Our verdict: The Asus Vivomini is one of the best Mini Desktops you can find in the market. If you need a powerful mini desktop, then this is a good choice for you.

It comes with an excellent and reasonable price range. It has powerful specs, but it is not for everyone.

Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310

The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 310 is another great mini desktop you can opt for. It comes with a powerful 6th generation Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage capacity and finally an integrated graphics card.

The laptop displays at 1080p Full HD resolution. For connectivity, it includes WiFi 802.11 a/c, Bluetooth 4.0 technology, 3-in-1 card reader, USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and HDMI output port. The weight of the laptop is about 2.6 lbs.

Ideapad Miix 310 Specifications:

Processor – 6th generation Intel Core i3-6006U 2.00 GHz Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.10 GHz).

Memory – 4 GB RAM.

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Storage Capacity – 128 GB SSD.

Display Resolution – 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) at 60 Hz with Intel HD Graphics 520.

Graphics Card – Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520.

Connectivity – 802.11 a/c WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 technology, 3-in-1 card reader, USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and HDMI output port.

Weight – 2.6 Pounds.


Lightweight and portable.

Good performance for daily tasks.

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Long battery life.


One of the slowest SSD available.

Lackluster display quality.

Our Verdict: The Lenovo Ideapad is one of the best mini desktops you can find for college or office use. It is really lightweight and easy to carry laptop.

It also comes with a good price tag. The only setback of this laptop is its slow SSD drive.

Apple MacBook Air MD711LL/B

The Apple MacBook Air is one of the most popular mini desktops you can find in the market right now. It comes with a powerful 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage capacity and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 card.

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