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MINIX NEO Z83-4 Plus Intel Fanless Mini PC with Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) Includes 4GB DDR3L + 64GB eMMC 5.1, Auto Power on. Sold Directly by MINIX Technology Limited.

Affordable, Versatile Mini PC with Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) Pre-installed.
NEO Z83-4 PLUS is a cost-efficient, Intel-powered, versatile fanless Mini PC designed for office operation and industrial commercial application; an ideal Digital Signage, POS and Thin Client solution.
With Windows 10 Pro pre-installed, with 4GB DDR3L memory, 64GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage. No setup or installation required.

Produce Stunning Visuals, Native 4K Output & Multi-Display Ready.
NEO Z83-4 PLUS has the power to produce stunning visuals, and supports 4K video playback and streaming.
With HDMI and Mini DisplayPort outputs available, NEO Z83-4 PLUS is Multi-Display Ready (support up to two displays).

Fanless Passive Cooling Design. Silent Solution That’s Ultra Energy-Efficient.
The advanced fanless passive cooling design maximizes heat dissipation, meaning all operations can be conducted in absolute silence.
NEO Z83-4 PLUS excludes any moving parts, it’s 100% solid state components provide longer product life.

Tiny Form Factor Equipped with Full Range of Connectivity Options.
NEO Z83-4 PLUS keeps a low profile without sacrificing any performance, delivering a desktop experience in a fraction of the size and weight.
Plus, NEO Z83-4 PLUS includes a vast array of connectivity options – Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet Port, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 and more.

Where Performance Meets Value.
This mini desktop is the perfect, cost-efficient Mini PC solution that delivers a smooth Windows 10 Pro OS experience at an affordable price.

Designed for low power consumption, NEO Z83-4 Plus is ultra-energy-efficient, delivering long-term energy cost savings.

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I must confess: I am biased against Microsoft Windows. I switched to Mac 10 years ago and never went back. And I love Chrome.
But I had to replace my mac desktop. I tried the Apple Mac mini, 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 Dual Core, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Mac OS, Silver, MGEM2LL/A (Newest Version) but it was a huge let down: it didn’t feel particularly snappy for a $500 investment.
I briefly considered a chromebox (this ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop is the top seller, and only $150), but I couldn’t get over the impossibility to run the very few desktop apps still not on ChromeOS.

Then I stumbled upon this $200 PC. After reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try. I have now been using it for a week and I LOVE it. Other reviews give a lot of specifics already, so I'll focus on my perspective as a user:
+ It is “snappy enough”: I can do everything I want (web browsing and youtube, sometimes light image editing), without feeling that I have to wait for the computer to catch up.
+ The design is clean and simple
+ This computer doesn’t come with much “crapware” pre-installed. That was my biggest fear moving off of MacOS, but I was happily surprised. Microsoft asks you several times when you decide to break up with its recommended defaults, but after a few “are you sure?” pop ups, understands that “no means no”.
+ Most of my work is in a web browser, and I use Chrome, but at least this way I have the option to try Firefox or Microsoft Edge (competition is good).

Here a few things to note:
+/- 4GB RAM seems to be minimum to have a “snappy enough” Windows 10 experience.
+/- Cortana is annoying, but you can disable her
+/- The 32GB of Hard drive really is 16GB of “usable space”. Win10 is that storage-hungry. You can always add a ultra micro sd card to expand storage

Why not a 5.0 rating? Windows can still be annoying sometimes, and it is not the snappiest (but for the price...).

I’ll update this review as time passes, but for now, I highly recommend.

This desktop is right for me, but is it right for you: the kind of user I am
- I live in the cloud. I love Google services (and Amazon’s too!). I appreciate Apple’s “less is more” design principles and the superb quality and durability of their products, but I don’t like that it is often “their way or no way”.
- I have been using a Chromebook as my primary laptop computer for about 4 years now. I currently use the Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop (XE513C24-K01US)
- I am “cheap” (or to put it nicely: “savvy”). I don’t like to pay for the brand premium or the fanciness I don’t need. I am fine paying for quality or “fair trade/eco friendliness”, but I have found that “high quality on the basics” and “inexpensive” actually align.
- Oh, and I know a thing or 2 about consumer electronics from a past job.

I bought this for my daughter when she started 6th grade. I love the fact that it has Windows 10 64 Pro, which made it easy to connect to my home network. I took this out of the box, hooked it up to an old screen, set up the wireless keyboard and mouse, connected it to the home network, downloaded an open source office suite, and voilà, she had a fully functioning desktop for school for under $250. As a business owner (law firm), I can really see the brilliance in this sort of device. The storage wouldn't be enough to run my office. However, it would work just fine as a workstation with network access to the main hard drive. For a small business, you could set up a high capacity desktop computer and then get a few of these, tied into the main hard drive on the network, and save yourself a bundle in computer costs over time. These beat laptops hands down because you can use screens and keyboards you already have lying around - very cheap. Mostly we are using computers for actual work - office software, etc... We are not playing games or watching videos. These are absolutely perfect for cash conscious computer users who use their computers for productivity. I have a feeling I'm going to be buying more of these for the firm once our current suite of desktops starts needing to be replaced.

I purchased this for use within a rack-mount server center. It serves as my "test pc" for all the user functions of my network.
I chose it for three reasons:
1. It's tiny -- i velcro-mounted it to the inside of the cabinet (power cord is tiny too -- i've seen others with big/cumbersome power blocks)
2. There are no moving parts -- less chance of failure
3. It had Windows 10 Pro installed (many others have Windows 10 Home, which doesn't work in a business setting with servers/etc)

OK, first to dispel the rumor that you can not upgrade this to the spring creator's update (2018). Yes you can, you just have to do a bit more work to make it happen. The process is simple in that you download the microsoft media creator tool, and use that to create an iso image on a USB stick attached to the device. Then double click on the iso, and run the setup. This saves a ton of space on the download and removes the issue. You can then use the normal update procedure after that.

Now on to the more interesting stuff. First, it sips power.... I hitched it up to a power meter and it draws around 1.5w at idle. Under about 50% CPU load, it draws around 2.5w. To put that in perspective that is less than a quarter watt under some reasonable load. I bought this for being a Blue Iris security software server for my off grid cabin, so this is perfect. Given that it also comes with Windows Pro, and I can RDP into it, this is amazing.

Second, I am using it to run Blue Iris, and it has no problem with a couple of HD cameras doing motion detection, and running the built in web server interface. I am not going to say this thing is a powerhouse, or anything, but it adequately handles the task and runs on so little power, I couldn't ask for more.

The auto power on feature is absolutely critical for me, and one of the reasons I chose this device. I am pairing it with a remote controlled relay, such that absolute worse case, while away from my cabin, I can power cycle the device from anywhere in the world and reboot it. My current server experienced a crash and I could not remotely recover it, so with this option I should be covered.

I did not buy this for it's media capabilities, but can say that it seems to be pretty darn snappy for what it is. Overall, I am impressed with the construction, capabilities, and overall suitability to task. Is this a desktop replacement? Well no, beyond a simple single task computer like a web browser or media player. This is due to the very limited storage, and why I gave it one star off. But this very limited storage is also why you get a windows pro license for almost nothing....

From the time I cut the tape on the box until I was doing "work" was less than 15 minutes. It comes with an HDMI cable and the mount to attach it to the back of your monitor. The speed is comparable to my Surface. I had backed up my old PC onto a 64Gb thumb drive and I've left it in this new PC as another drive. The video is wonderful and the sound is good. Speaking of sound, it's almost creepy how quiet my office is now without a noisy tower PC buzzing. If you already have a desktop setup (monitor, keyboard/mouse), this is a no-brainer if you are a typical home office user considering a PC upgrade.

I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. I mean what kind of a computer are you going to get for $199...really! Turns out you can get a great one! I've graduated from "skeptic" to "Huge Fan" of the MINIX NEO Z 83-4 Pro. My order arrived on time, I had it out of the box, set it up with dual monitors, loaded up my software and was off and running in less than 15 minutes. SUPER Simple! SUPER Small, and SUPER Powerful. I've been using it heavily for the past several days and I couldn't be happier. I'm still blown away at how small this thing is. It's a desktop PC the size of a sandwich. I've demo'd it to a couple of my friends and they've already order them. Loving it!

An excellent mini-pc with high performance. It can easily drive a 4K monitor. We are using two of these for digital picture frames where we show network images and video clips in a continuous slide show. They are noiseless and are essentially invisible either behind the monitor (VESA) or right below it on a stand. There are multiple high quality video connections available and numerous USB ports. Slightly tricky to update to win 10 fall creator's update (1709) to avoid running out of space during the install. Using an external USB flash drive took care of the problem.

I bought this to replace a WIN XP machine running MACH3 for a CNC router. Mach3 communicates with the CNC via parallel (printer) port. I had heard about problems with "work around" devices being difficult to configure. THIS IS THE EASIEST COMPUTER I HAVE EVER SETUP!!!! Turned it on and Win 10 started, installed SSD on USB, Installed software from web, plugged in UC100 (parallel port device) and was on line working!!
Second monitor plugged in and worked, no config!

boots up with windows 10 pro. activates right away.

after testing that everything works under windows 10 pro, I wiped out the storage drive and installed minu linux. I also tried debian linux. but mint does everything for you.

some bios adjustments needed.

in linux, I was able to extract the windows 10 pro license key from the BIOS. I'm not reveling that information because I don't know the legalities of that. but it is very easy in linux.

so after installing mint linux, I got everything but wifi working. sound works. videos play in full screen very well. I'm using wired networking until I can get wifi working.

the cpu temperature is very reasonable. runs warm to the touch.
I took it apart. there are not easy upgrades on the motherboard. everything is soldered on. unless you know how to de-solder surface-mount semiconductors, there are no upgrades.

You can add storage on a micro sd card. there are also four usb ports, you can add storage via usb.

The box has a plastic cover and an aluminum bottom.

Using it as a HTPC (home theater PC). Along with an air mouse/remote, works beautifully. Runs Kodi, Netflix, Hulu, VLC Media Player perfectly. Also have a hard drive connected to it with movies and other media.

There is one CON, and that's the amount of internal storage space: 32 GB. It's not really enough to have anything installed, and be able to update Windows. This can be alleviated by:

1.) Uninstall any program or app (especially Windows bloat like Office 365) that isn't needed or used. Once done, there was enough space to update Windows.

2.) Install Windows to an external hard drive.

3.) Employ an SD card, external hard drive, or USB thumb drive to install any app or program to, so as to leave as much of the 32 GB internal storage that is left over to be available for updates.

There are ways around the limited internal storage issue. But it's not enough to remove a star. The device works perfectly for what it is. This company has excellent customer support, as well as great communication on their forums. They also have many other devices which include upgradeable hard drives if more internal storage is needed.

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