The Best mini PCs in 2022

Unnati Nigam
Unnati Nigam June 3, 2022
Updated 2022/06/19 at 8:27 PM


Although the best mini PCs are small, they have enough power to perform tasks such as web browsing, content creation, and gaming. These small computers are not only more convenient than large PC towers, but they are also extremely quiet.

Mini PCs range in size from small desktop computers to stick PCs that fit in your pocket. Mini PCs use small, energy-efficient components from laptops to provide a surprising amount of power in sizes small enough to be hidden behind a monitor. There are mini stick PCs and mini desktops for almost everyone, with mini PCs designed for everything from media streaming to gaming and virtual reality.

The best mini PCs for everything from home entertainment to gaming and professional workstations are listed below. Extensive testing and hands-on evaluation are part of each review. This allows us to tell you which systems are the best. We put each mini PC on this list through its paces and have the best models available today.

The Apple Mac mini, the late 2020 version of Apple’s compact desktop computer, is the best mini PC overall. As one of the first Macs to use Apple’s M1 processor, it provides a lot of power at a lower price than ever before. Consider the Mac Studio if you want more power but prefer to stay on macOS. It is not cheap, starting at $1,999, but it is one of the fastest Macs on the market, especially if you pay the $4,000 starting price for a model with Apple’s cutting-edge M1 Ultra chip.

The Azulle Access3 is the best stick PC we have reviewed, with a pocketable design that works with any HDMI-equipped monitor or TV. The gaming-oriented Intel Hades Canyon NUC demonstrates that a well-designed mini PC can handle even AAA games and VR, while the Intel NUC 9 Pro delivers powerful workstation-grade capabilities in a deceptively small design.

Apple Mac mini with M1


  • Size (Inches): 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4
  • Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • CPU: Apple M1
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Geekbench 5 Score: 6,005

The latest Apple Mac mini may appear unchanged from its predecessors, but there is a revolution hiding inside – the Apple M1 processor, Apple’s first significant step away from using Intel processors in Macs. The new chip packs a surprising amount of punch, outperforming more expensive Intel Core i3 and Core i5 systems. When combined with Apple’s Mac OS Big Sur and Rosetta 2, it can run pretty much anything that is not Windows.

It is not an ideal desktop. A smaller port selection and support for only two displays are significant drawbacks, but the overall value of the Mac mini exceeds our expectations for a newer, more expensive model.

Apple Mac Studio

2. Apple Mac Studio


  • Size (Inches): 7.7 x 7.7 x 3.7 inches
  • Weight: 5.9/7.9 pounds (M1 Max/M1 Ultra)
  • CPU: Apple M1 Max – M1 Ultra
  • Storage: 256GB – 2TB
  • Geekbench 5 Score: 23,931
The Mac Studio has more power than any other Apple computer on the market, with the exception of the Mac Pro, and it does so in a quiet, well-designed chassis that looks good on a desk. As much as we enjoy seeing Apple silicon in MacBooks, where its power efficiency contributes to some of the best battery life in the industry, the Mac Studio with M1 Ultra demonstrates that Apple’s chips can compete with the best desktop PC silicon from Intel and AMD.
Of course, since this is Apple, you will have to pay for the privilege. The Mac Studio’s starting price of $1,999 is not bad, but it only gets you the entry-level model with the same M1 Max chip as the 2021 MacBook Pros. A Mac Studio with Apple’s top-of-the-line M1 Ultra chip will set you back at least $4k, but it is well worth it if you want one of the fastest, most powerful Macs available.

Azulle Access3

3. Azulle Access3


  • Size (Inches): 5.5 x 2.36 x 0.76
  • Weight: 5.12 ounces
  • CPU: Intel Celeron N4100
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Geekbench 4 Score: 4,54
The Azulle Access3 takes our favorite tiny stick PC and improves on it. The Access3 gets a faster processor, and faster USB 3.0 ports, and adds Gigabit Ethernet for better performance and connectivity than any other stick PC we have reviewed. It is almost small enough to fit on a keychain and flexible enough to be used with any monitor or TV. The quick performance even allows for 4K video output, making it ideal for streaming.
The Access3 pushes forward in a form factor that larger manufacturers have largely forgotten, whether it is for use in your home theater, powering digital signage, or simply giving you a way to watch Netflix on your hotel TV. The Azulle Access3 is our new favorite stick PC and the best mini PC for your pocket.

Geekom Mini IT8

4. Geekom Mini IT8


  • Size (inches): 4.6 x 4.4 x 1.8
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • CPU: Intel i5-8259U
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB

While this low-cost mini PC uses an older 8th generation Intel Coffee Lake CPU, it has more than enough power for everyday tasks. The Mini IT8 can handle everything from web browsing to word processing. The Geekom Mini IT8 is also VESA-mountable, so you can slap it on the back of your monitor for a clutter-free workspace.

While having Windows 11 Pro pre-installed is fantastic, our minds immediately start to fantasize about what you could do with it if you turned this mini PC into, say, a streaming media hub or virtualization host for your home network. The Mini IT8 is a great mini PC for installing Linux or whatever you want.

Intel Hades Canyon NUC

5. Intel Hades Canyon NUC


  • Size (Inches): 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.5
  • Weight: 4.75 pounds
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8009G/AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
  • Storage: Bring Your Own
The Hades Canyon NUC from Intel is a mini PC that delivers desktop-gaming-grade performance in a chassis the size of a book. The Hades Canyon NUC can handle AAA games and VR in a small, black brick that can be tucked into a backpack or added to a home entertainment center thanks to its Intel Core i7-8009G/AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH hybrid chip, which combines processing and discrete graphics on a single chip.
Despite its small size, the Hades Canyon NUC has a plethora of ports, including Thunderbolt 3 ports and HDMI output. If you buy the barebones kit, you will need to provide your own memory and storage, as well as your own Windows installation, but this tiny gaming machine can compete with an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti-powered gaming tower, and it even handled some VR. It is, without a doubt, the best mini PC for gaming available.
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