At this years CES 2018 technology show Asus has been showcasing its range of mini PCs some of which are already available to purchase and others that will be available with new tweaks and enhancements during 2018. For example, a new Raspberry Pi-style Asus Tinker Board S mini PC will be made available during the first quarter of 2018 priced at $80. The new Tinker Board S will now be equipped with 16GB of eMMC storage rather than relying on a microSD card for storage. While other larger mini PC systems designed for desktop, industrial and other applications will be rolling out in the first half of 2018.
One such system is the new Asus PN40 mini PC which measures roughly 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.9 inches in size and weighs just over 1.5lbs, offering the choice between Intel Celeron or Pentium Silver, Gemini Lake processors depending on your preference and budget. Other features of the compact system include connections for USB 3.1 Type-C port, full-size USB port, audio jack as well as offering support for VGA or COM connections. Asus has also added a removable panel that allows access to memory and storage for easy installation and upgrades.
If you are looking for something slightly larger, then the Asus PB40 mini PC might be worth more investigation and is equipped with additional connectivity and also supports optional stackable modules to add such things as optical disc drives if required. A couple of different options are available, in the form of a fanless system powered by an Intel Celeron processor or a more powerful system equipped with a Pentium Silver processor which is not fanless. As more specifications, availability and launch dates are announced by Asus in the coming months; we will keep you up-to-date as always.
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