Gadget Gyaan

Published: 13th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2014 03:11 AM   |  A+A-

MINI PC or nettop

Commonly known as a Mini PC, the Nettop (from the words ‘internet’ and ‘laptop’) is a small or miniature desktop computer. A desktop computer consists of the monitor, keyboard, mouse and the hardware system – a case that contains the CPU, motherboard, hard drive and optical drive — whereas a Mini PC comprises a single unit that encompasses all these components sometimes excluding the hard drive/optical drive. The Mini PC can only do limited functions like creating a document, accessing the Internet, playing audio and video files, whereas one can do this and much more with a regular desktop. But the advantage of having a mini PC is that it consumes less space and power, compared to its desktop version. You could always use your TV monitor as a computer monitor for the mini PC. While a Mini PC consumes between 8-12 watts of power, a desktop computer would consume more than 100 watts. The Mini PC does not get heated up quickly while functioning but some models don’t come with a CPU fan. A Mini PC also has limited memory space but that problem can be solved by attaching an external hard drive to it.


This Mini PC from Zotac is powered by a fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor for computing and comes with a 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive or SSD, mSATA SSD and two DDR3L SO-DIMM slots

OEM Systems android Mini PC MK802

The pen drive-like stick will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a USB and HDMI port, supports wireless keyboard and mice, AllWinner A10 CPU and 1GB of RAM

Asus VivoMini mini PC

To be launched in November, this device is powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U Haswell processor. It has four USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI and Display port. You can install up to 16GB of RAM


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