• Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-8130U
  • Graphics: Intel Graphics 620
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Input/Output: 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 3x USB 3.1,
  • 1x USB 3.1Gen 1
  • 1 x Audio jack
  • Dimensions: 115 x 115 x 49 mm
  • Weight: 0.7kg
  • Pros:
  • Upgradability
  • VESA mounting
  • Cons:
  • Weak CPU

Small In Stature, Big On Upgradability

It certainly has been a while since we’ve seen mini PCs come into our test lab, the last one not even a Windows-based device. This time, ASUS sent us two new models from its mini PC series and one of it is the PN60.

It may not be the smallest mini PC we’ve seen, but the PN60 is still a rather compact device encased in black plastic. In fact, its size makes it possible for you to place it on top of a monitor’s stand, or the back if it has support for VESA mount. To ensure you can do all of that, a plate and some screws are included for those who want to mount it. Aside from that, there’s a 19V/3.42A power adapter inside (relatively low-powered) and some documents related to the product inside.

Considering that mini PCs can fill a variety of roles and purposes, ASUS equipped the PN60 with a decent range of ports. A bunch of USB ports are available, including two USB Type-C (no Thunderbolt 3 support), as well as a 3.5mm audio jack for a headset, HDMI, VGA and Gigabit LAN ports. There’s also a Kensington lock, relevant for those who plan to use this in an office or retail shop environment.

The PN60 can be opened up to gain access to its internals, providing users with some upgradability. Upgradable or exchangeable parts include the DDR4 SDRAMs, M.2 WiFi card and M.2 SSD. You could also add a 2.5-inch SATA storage drive to the mini PC, thereby increasing your storage capacity for non-critical files.
Upgrading and installing is quite straightforward as ASUS made it easy. Just remove the four screws at the bottom and you can slide the bottom cover off, allowing you access to the parts mentioned above. Mounting it is just as easy – take the two long screws found in the box and screw those onto the bottom cover, which then makes it possible to hook it to the VESA mounting plate also included.

Thanks to the Windows 10 Pro installed, the PN60 has all the latest Windows updates and features available to it. In addition, it has an 8th gen Intel Core i3 CPU and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, enough for it to be used as either a Home Theatre PC, or a terminal for a POS system. To keep the components cool, the PN60 also has a fan built into that is relatively quiet even when the system is on full load.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you need something with a small footprint but still can give you a functional PC for a variety of basic uses, this mini PC

(previously published in issue August 2018)