The Compact Convenience of a Mini PC
As with most innovations in the technology industry, newer hardware inevitably ends up being smaller than its ancestors. The same applies to computers, which at one time used to take up an entire room. Nowadays, you can buy a mini PC that fits in the palm of your hand yet still offers enough power and speed to play an important role in your line-up of media systems. While most mini computers don’t have the capacity to compete with their larger cousins, namely the desktop computer, there are some exceptions to that rule. But what a mini PC may lack in horsepower, it more than makes up for in compact convenience and versatility.
Notable unique features of a mini PC include little to no sound while they are running, a neat and tidy aesthetic appeal, and far less heat emittance compared to larger systems. Whether you have space constraints at home, you need to equip more computer systems in your office, or you want to fill that spare gap in your entertainment centre with a new media server, you’ll find a mini PC solution for a great price here at Overclockers UK—the leading marketplace for hundreds of thousands of PC enthusiasts in Europe and the United Kingdom. Discover our full range from the best manufacturers on the market today.
Barebone Mini PCs
Regardless of its size and limited capabilities, a mini computer serves a variety of important purposes; such as sending media to your television by acting as a set top box, or serving as a workhorse PC for productivity and web browsing. Major brands have acknowledged the rise in popularity of mini home computers, and as a result you can now purchase a mini PC from Intel, ASRock, Gigabyte and ASUS, to name a few.
A mini PC described as barebone is an attractive solution for anyone who does not need huge amounts of power, yet wants to create a personalized media system nonetheless. Below are some popular uses of barebone mini PCs:
If you don’t own a smart TV or you don’t favour the way they function, then a mini home pc is a great way of seamlessly connecting your media library with your TV. A mini PC like the Intel NUC is a solid solution here, and will provide crisp, sharp and vibrant graphics. In fact, the Intel mini PC offers a complete suite of applications ideal for work or play: from home entertainment to gaming and productivity uses like image and video editing.
Using a mini desktop pc as a gaming solution is a great way of liberating yourself from your primary PC—because using one for both work and gaming can become monotonous and put extra toll on your build. On top of this, a mini PC is more mobile and less restricted by space, meaning you can set up a gaming area in another room for a change of scenery. Simply transfer your game data to a hard drive and combine it with a suitably sized graphics card to turn your home theatre into a genuine gaming zone. The GIGABYTE BRIX mini PC—with its integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400—affords you all you need to create a rich HTPC-cum-gaming arena for your living room or personal space.
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If your computing needs don’t go beyond browsing the Internet, streaming online, and using programs like MS Word, then a barebone mini home pc is right for you—all you need is a few tweaks, which we or the Overclockers UK community can help you achieve. The mini PC Intel NUC, again, is a smart solution for this kind of home computing requirement.
Give yourself additional computing power with a supplementary barebone mini PC that boasts the specs necessary for it to work as a conventional server would. Multiple mini PCs on the market offer similar functions to the computing towers that influenced their creation, including, for example, a variety of ports. One recommended mini PC that also functions as a server is the Shuttle SH67H3.
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Small but versatile and surprisingly powerful, mini PCs offer a range of applications. Get in touch today to discover the best model and build you’ll need to meet your needs and expectations—our team of experts and community of loyal supporters are happy to advise and share their knowledge.