Microsoft finally gave up the 32GB limitation for mini PCs for an affordable Windows 10 license and has agreed with the manufacturers of these popular PCs that 32GB is not enough.
The NEO G41V-4 mini PC is powered by Intel's Gemini 14nm Lake N4100 CPU. It comes with 4GB DDR4 + 64GB eMMC and triple-display output via HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA. The new Minix comes with an expandable SSD storage slot.
The NEO G41V-4 has an easy access door to an M2. SSD slot supporting SATA 6.0 GBPS and upgrading storage will be a piece of cake. Bear in mind that today a 120-128GB M2 drive costs 20 Euro and 240 GB starts at 30 Euro.
The NEO G41V-4 should be enough for any living room PC for people who prefer Windows 10 and great multimedia center experience. The fanless part will prevent any noise and still give you enough performance.
In addition to NEO G41V-4, this month, Minix also released NEO J50C-4, a mini PC that uses Intel Gemini Lake J5005 CPU. The four core and four-thread CPU has a TDP of 10W and ranges between 1.5GHz and 2.8GHz.
The Celeron in NEO G41V-4 is also four cores and four-thread CPU from Gemini lake generation with TDP of 6W and SDP (Scenario design power) of 4.8W. The CPU clock starts at 1.1GHz and maxes out at 2.4GHz.
The new NEO J50C-4 isn’t fanless, it comes with powerful CPU compared to NEO G41V-4, and supports triple-display output at 4K @ 60Hz and has both expandable storage and memory slots. So this is quite a big deal as if one isn’t happy with 4GB RAM standardly available, it can update to 16GB and M2 2280 storage up to 512 GB. An ability to upgrade both RAM and storage makes the machine quite a little powerhouse that can sit at the back of your monitor.
Have in mind that included VESA mount measures 139x139x30mm.
As the manufacturer pointed out, both the NEO G41V-4 and the NEO J50C-4 have their strengths and advantages as some customers demand fanless machines, but some insist on more connectivity, upgradability, and performance.
The fanless NEO G41V-4 SRP is US$269.90, while Pentium powered and the most upgradable Minix small PC NEO J50C-4 SRP is US$299.90, both with Windows 10 Pro included.