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Review of the Ultracompact Barebones Mini PC PN60 from ASUS with its dual 4K-compatible HDMI Ports

Small enough to be used as a portable PC

Engadget JP (Translation), @Engadget_MT
2020年5月28日, 午前09:10 in Asus
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Large desktop PCs take up a lot of space. But then notebook PCs can be tiring to use for a long time. If you're the kind of person who's said both of these things then the new Mini PC PN60 from ASUS may be for you.

ASUS Mini PC PN60
▲The Mini PC PN60 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

The Mini PC PN60 series comes in two different processor models, and this time we're reviewing the PN60-BB7088MH, a higher-end model with a Core i7-8550U processor priced at 67,901 yen (excluding tax) at the official online store. The lower-end PN60-BB5087MH model with the Core i5-8250U processor is 54,364 yen (excluding tax).

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲How it looks with a keyboard, pointing device, and display

On the front of the device you can find an audio jack, 1×Type-C, 1×USB 3.1, and 1×USB 2.0. Around the back there's 1×Type-C, 2×USB 3.1, and a wired LAN port. Perhaps most importantly, however, there are two HDMI ports. And the Type-C ports are Display Alt mode compatible. This PC can natively output to 2 displays while being small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.

ASUS Mini PC PN60
▲There's a Type-C port on the front of the body

ASUS Mini PC PN60
▲There are two HDMI ports capable of outputting up to 4K around the back

This is a barebones kit and so it does not come with any internal storage or memory. It doesn't even come with an OS, so all of these will cost you extra. For internal storage options there's 1×M.2 slot (Type M 2242/2280) and 1× SATA 6Gb/s port (2.5-inch 7.5/9mm compatible). And as for memory you'll find 2×DDR4 SO-DIMM slots which can handle up to 32GB of memory.

To install the internal storage and memory you need to remove the bottom panel of the case. The bottom panel can be slid off after removing 4 screws, which is simpler than a lot of other cases. The bottom panel also acts as a 2.5-inch SSD case, and is designed for an SSD mounted on the cover to connect to the connector on the mother board simply by sliding the bottom cover back onto the body.

ASUS Mini PC PN60
▲To access the interior components you need to remove screws and slide out the bottom cover

ASUS Mini PC PN60
▲Two memory slots

ASUS Mini PC PN60
▲The kit comes with an M.2 slot

You will need some technical knowledge to install the internal storage, memory, and OS, but provided you have the parts already then the only other tool you will need is a screwdriver to remove the bottom panel, so it's not too difficult. We installed Windows 10 from a USB stick, and setup took about an hour. Including the initial updates we were ready to go in around 2 hours.

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲The bottom panel also acts as an SSD case

Additionally, the PC comes with a disc containing all the drivers and other setup software, but if you update Windows to the latest version then you shouldn't get any errors in the device manager and you shouldn't need to install any other drivers. However, the kit comes preloaded with ASUS's own utility software, which we recommend installing if you plan on actually using this PC.

The benchmark test results for this model are as follows. The SSD and memory we used for this review were just parts that we had on hand (128GB SSD and 4GB RAM) so we may not be maximizing the potential of this machine, but as this is pretty close to what a typical business user might use we don't think this will be a problem.

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲CINEBENCH R20 test results

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲PCMark 10 test results

The dimensions of the unit are approx. 115 (W) × 115 (D) × 4.9 (H) mm. It really is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, which means it can be put pretty much anywhere. With an SSD and memory installed it weighs approximately 554g. We have started to see an increase in the number of portable displays on the market, which combined with this Mini PC PN60 would make for an interesting portable PC setup for a co-working space.

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲The weight of this model equipped with an SSD and memory is around 554g

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲The power supply weighs in at 287g

The product also features a VESA compatible mount, which means it can be mounted onto the back of a display. By the way, the fan started getting noisy when the CPU is under a heavy load, such as when starting up or updating, but is not as noticeable when idling.

ASUS Mini PC PN60▲You can use the included VESA mount to attach the PC to the back of a display to make your own all-in-one

With dual HDMI and Display Alt mode compatible Type-C USB ports this PC is flexible enough for most applications, and with specs on par with a high-end notebook it has enough power for most uses as well. If you're one of the increasing number of workers looking for a PC that you can use at home for teleworking then we recommend you consider this model.

By the way, there is also the N60-B3095ZV prebuilt version which comes with a Core i3-8130U processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and Windows 10 Home, all for 77,800 yen (excluding tax). If you're not confident enough in your IT skills to install the OS yourself then I recommend this as well. However it only comes with 1 HDMI port, with the other port being a D-sub 15-pin output.

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ASUS Mini PC PN60 product page

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This article was originally written in Japanese. All images and content are directly from the Japanese version at the time of publication.


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