Tiny But Powerful Desktop Computers to Save Space

These mini-desktops are diminutive, but are perfect for surfing the web and running smaller applications.

Desktop computer on desk.
Plug it into a separate monitor for all the power at a fraction of the cost of an all-in-one desktop.Sabri Tuzcu, Unsplash

Laptops and tablets have become the most popular types of computer, but desktops still offer more power, more flexibility if you ever want to upgrade, and a lower price point. But what if you don’t have room for a big tower? Mini-desktops have become a shockingly viable solution.

New Apple Mac Mini (3.6GHz Quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i3 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB)
Small desktops require significantly less power wattage than their full size counterparts.Apple

Mini-desktops are super small computers, a sort of in-between zone with laptops on one side and desktops on the other. Mini-desktops will allow some upgrades (usually RAM and storage disks), offer lots of ports, and allow you to swap out peripherals like keyboards, mice, and monitors.

Intel NUC NUC8I7HNK Mini PC, Intel Quad-Core i7-8705G Upto 4.1GHz, 32GB DDR4, 1TB SSD, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL, WiFi, Thunderbolt 3, Supports Up to 6 Displays, Windows 10 Pro (32GB RAM + 1TB SSD)
This option has the capacity to run large-scale applications like video games and design programs.E Retailers

When buying a mini-desktop, make sure you’re getting legitimate desktop-class power. Some mini-desktops use mobile processors, which has about the same amount of power as a laptop. Most processors start with a letter, followed by a number—the higher the number, the more powerful your processor will be. For example, a G7 processor will be more powerful than a G1. “G” means the processor is optimized for graphics.

OEM Lenovo ThinkCentre M910 Tiny M910q Intel Quad Core i5-6500T, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, WiFi Intel 8265-AC, W10P Business Desktop
This PC can handle imaging and graphic design programs without annoying crashes.Oemgenuine

You might ask, why get a mini-desktop instead of an all-in-one? The big reasons are cost and flexibility. With a mini-desktop, you can get a separate monitor and come out cheaper than if you’d bought an all-in-one. Another big advantage is the ability to upgrade. All-in-ones are generally locked systems; if you want to speed up your computer in a couple years by adding some memory, an all-in-one won’t let you. But a mini-desktop usually will, allowing for cheap upgrades to extend the life of your nice computer.