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MINISFORUM U700 mini pc review – can you upgrade it?

MINISFORUM U700 mini pc review
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This mini PC is compact and can be mounted onto the back of most TV/monitors (standard VESA mount bracket included). Intel Core i5-5257U and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 are powerful and rare to find in mini PC market. It runs Win 10 Pro smoothly and handles daily tasks without a problem (web browsing, document editing..etc). I have been editing photos/videos and gaming on this machine and it worked nicely. The built-in 8GB DDR3 memory helps a lot in performance. Find details in MINISFORUM U700 mini pc review.

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In the box

  • 1 * Minisforum U700 Mini PC
  • 1 * Power Adapter
  • 1 * Mini DP Cable
  • 1 * HDMI Cable
  • 1 * Mounting Bracket
  • 1 * User Manual

Specifications – MINISFORUM U700 mini pc

Processor

Intel® Core™ i5-5257U Processor , 2 Cores/4 Threads
(3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)

GPU

Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100

Memory

DDR3L 8GB×1 Dual channel (SODIMM Slots×2)

Storag

M.2 2280 128GB SATA SSD

Storage Expansion

1×2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot (SATA 3.0 6.0Gb/s)
1×TF Card Slot (up to 128GB)

Wireless Connectivity

IEEE 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi,BT4.2

Ethernet

1000Mbps LAN

Video Output

① HDMI 1.4([email protected])

② Mini DP([email protected])

③ USB-C Port([email protected])

Audio Output

HDMI 1.4, MINI DP, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Peripherals Interface

RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Port×2, USB 3.0 Port×3, TF Card Slot×1, DC Jack×1, Digital MIC×1

Ports & Buttons

1 * Power Button

1 * DC in Port

3 * USB 3.0 Port

1 * USB-C port([email protected])

1 * HDMI 1.4 Port([email protected])

1 * Mini DP Port([email protected])

2 * RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet

1 * Headphone Jack

1 * TF card slot

1 * Power LED

Power

DC 19V/1.9A (adapter included) , or via USB-C Port

System

Windows 10 Pro

Key features- MINISFORUM U700 mini pc

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen™ 7 3750H , 4 Cores/8 Threads (Total L2 Cache 2MB , Total L3 Cache 4MB , Base Clock 2.3 GHz , up to 4.0 GHz)
  • GPU: Radeon™ RX Vega 10 Graphics (Graphics Frequency 1400 MHz)
  • RAM: DDR4 16GB
  • ROM: M.2 2280 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Operation System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Bluetooth: bluetooth 5.1
  • Ethernet: Gigabytes LAN RJ45x2
  • Wifi: M.2 2230 WIFI Support Intel® WIFI6 AX200 2.4G 5G
  • Support 3 monitors [email protected] display
  • Built-in Silent Fan, little noise during operating and plays 4K video smoothly
    Support HDMI 2.0([email protected]), DisplayPort([email protected]) , USB-C Port([email protected])
  • Storage Expansion: 1 x 2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot (SATA 3.0 6.0Gb/s); Dual channel SODIMM Slotsx2

Compare MINISFORUM U700 mini pc vs Beelink U57 Mini PC

U700 Mini PC Intel Core i5-5257U Windows 10 Pro Mini PC Desktop ComputerBeelink U57 Mini PC with Intel Core i5-5257u Processor(up to 3.10 GHz)&Windows 10 ProHP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini Business Desktop PC Intel Quad-Core i5-6500T
Computer Memory Size8 GB8 GB16 GB
CPU ModelCore i5Core i5-5257UCore i5
CPU Speed3.10 GHz2.70 GHz2.80 GHz
Graphics CoprocessorIntel Iris Graphics 6100Intel® UHD Graphics 6100
Graphics Descriptionintegrated
Hard Disk Size256 GB256512 GB
Hardware PlatformPCPCPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 pro , Linux, Chrome OSWindows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro
Processor Count244

MINISFORUM U700 mini pc review

Design

 Its dimension is 136x120x46mm and the entire casing is a black plastic with ventilation holes for cooling.

VESA mount

There’s a VESA mount in the box, as well as the screws you’ll need to mount it to the back of a monitor if you want it out of sight or expect to use it as digital signage (though there are some far cheaper options for that out there).

On the bottom, there are four Phillips head screws. They’re easy to strip, but when we got the bottom off, we could easily get to the cooling. 

Ports

The EliteMini UM700 has three video outputs too, along with four USB Type-A ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet connections. Alternatively, you could use the built-in Intel WiFi6 AX200 module, which also offers Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Additionally, there is a 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack on the front of the device.

Storage

The entry-level model comes with 8 GB of SO-DIMM RAM and 128 GB of M.2 2280 storage. However, prices rise to US$669 for 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. All models come with the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H though, like the X35G that MINISFORUM announced earlier this year.

Processor

The Ryzen 7 3750H offers four Zen+ cores and can boost up to 4.0 GHz on a 35 W TDP. The 12 nm APU also includes AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU, which has 10 Compute Units (CUs) and can boost to 1.3 GHz.

Upgrade

It’s easy to upgrade memory and storage. The bottom plate can be removed to access the 2.5″ HD/SSD (SATA) mount. Under the mounting bracket, there are 2 RAM slot (1 is used by the included 8GB DDR3 memory) and one SATA M2 port for SSD (used by included 128GB SSD). There is also a memory card reader which can be used to add additional storage up to 128GB.

Performance review

It runs Win 10 Pro smoothly and handles daily tasks without a problem (web browsing, document editing..etc). I have been editing photos/videos and gaming on this machine and it worked nicely. The built-in 8GB DDR3 memory helps a lot in performance.

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