MINIX Neo N42C-4 Mini-PC Review: A Palm-Sized Quad-Core With Windows 10 Pro

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MINIX Neo N42C-4 Summary And Conclusion

Performance Summary: As the benchmarks on the preceeding pages have shown, the MINIX Neo N42C-4 in no speed demon, but with a low-power, Apollo Lake-based processor, it wasn’t meant to be. The MINIX Neo N42C-4 is, however, a full-featured, quiet, ultra-small form factor PC, that does what it's designed to do well.

The MINIX Neo N42C-4 is meant for media consumption, basic desktop computing use-cases, and thin-client applications. MINIX’s focus with this machine is on industrial and commercial applications where the Windows 10 Pro OS will allow the machine to connect to a domain, but its higher performance relative to MINIX's other machines and sleek design make it a suitable option for HTPC and basic desktop computing use cases as well.

The MINIX Neo N42C-4 is a well designed, feature-packed mini PC that offers a balanced mix of  low-power, expandability, and good looks. The quad-core Pentium N 4200 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage should give users enough breathing room for HTPC and basic desktop use cases, especially if most of their media is stored on a NAS device or streamed from the web. In any case, should more storage be necessary this machine offers an M.2 slot as well. Performance versus more powerful mini-PCs, like many of Intel's NUCs, or even versus basic, full-sized desktop systems isn't going to knock your socks off, but at under $300 you shouldn't really be expecting a world-beater anyway.

In the end though, if you’re looking for a sleek, affordable, quiet, small form factor system for any number of low-power applications where space is a consideration, the MINIX Neo N42C-4 is worth considering. It is a good looking mini-PC that’s well-equipped and works well for its intended purposes, and it does so without breaking the bank.

  • Attractive, Small, And Quiet
  • 802.11ac, BT, And Wired Ethernet
  • 4K Support
  • 4 USB Ports, Including USB-C
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64-Bit Windows 10 Pro
  • Affordable
  • Very Low Power
  • Relatively Low General Purpose Performance
  • No Micro SD Slot

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