- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400T @ 1.7GHz
- Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
- Memory: 8GB DDR4 (32GB Max)
- Storage: 120GB M.2 SSD
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0
- Ports: 4x USB Type-A, 1x USB Type-C, 1x Audio jack, 1x Mic (Front) / 3x USB Type-A, 1x HDMI, 1x Display Port, 1x LAN, 1x VGA
- Dimensions: 175x175x34.2 mm
- Weight: 1.19kg
- Space saving
- Worrying temperature
As Mini As Mini Can Be
The new ASUS Mini PC PB60, as its name suggests, is a mini PC that is a size of a notebook but with a slightly thicker body. But as per most mini PCs in the market nowadays, they are designed to fit easily into cramped areas to save you more work space, making it ideal for restaurants, shops, offices, libraries and classrooms.
With its small size, you can place it vertically or affix it to a VESA mount at the back of a monitor to save more space on your table. You’ll have to make sure that you have access to the power button or it will be all for nought if you can’t power the PC up. The device also comes with four USB Type-A ports and one USB Type-C port in the front, along with two 3.5mm jacks for audio and mic. And above it, you will notice two screw holes that allows you to add additional optional modules. For example, if your line of work requires you to utilise CD-Drives, then you’ll can purchase the optional disc reader and fasten it onto the top of the mini PC.
With four USB ports in the front, you can have access to most of what you need. Even with two taken up by a mouse and keyboard, you still have ports for your external drives and even a USB fan if you need to. However, you can also use the three USB Type-A ports at the back of the device for your other peripherals. While not the most powerful, with just 8GB of RAM and running on an Intel Core i5-8500T, it can tackle most of your day to day tasks without much issues. However, running Speccy on the computer does indicate that the motherboard runs fairly hot, at about 110-degrees without any additional apps running, and this is worrying as this does point to signs that it might have a shorten lifespan. But due to the compact size of it, a large fan might not be able to fit into it.
Other than that, as mentioned tasks such as word processing and browsing ran into no issues. With the three provided display ports of a HDMI, Display Port and also a VGA port, you can use the laptop with up to three displays and that’s pretty nifty, allowing you to multitask with relative ease. The base version also come packaged with a Wi-Fi antenna that neatly screws onto the back of the device, but a LAN port can also be found at the back of the device if you wish to use it.
The ASUS Mini PC PB60 is a neat little mini PC that could save you space and time and has plenty of ports, so you can use and plug in almost all the peripherals you desire. It has added bonus of modularity as well. Daily tasks can be performed well and without much hassle on this mini PC.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A great mini PC that saves space, time and cost, while allowing you to browse and work on it without much issues.
(to be published in issue November 2018)