Remember back in the day when you needed to store data onto a floppy disk? The floppy disk storage medium was huge but yet it could write so little data. These days, flash drives the size of our thumbs offer up a thousand times more storage while also being quicker and infinitely more portable.
That’s how much technology has advanced, so it’s really no surprise that over the years, a lot of the tech in PCs have shrunk down considerably, allowing manufacturers to create thinner and light laptops than ever before, as well as putting together powerful PCs that are half the size of a shoe box.
These mini PCs are perfect machines for those who don’t really require too much from their computers but also don’t want their PCs to take up too much desk space. It is also perfect for a home media system to play movies, listen to music, and so on.
So, if you’re in the market for a new mini PC, then perhaps Geekom’s A5 Mini could be an option worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a PC under $500. Plus, the folks at Geekom are also offering our Phandroid readers a $40 discount if you use the phandroida540 coupon code upon checkout.
Small but capable
For those unfamiliar, Geekom is a company that specializes in creating mini PCs. These small form factor designs are ideal for users who might not have a lot of desk space for a regular tower chassis, or for those who want to put a PC in their living rooms to act as a media center, but don’t want a hulking tower case that sticks out like a sore thumb.
Now, despite its tiny size, the Geekom A5 Mini is an extremely capable PC. Under the hood, users will be able to find the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU. It is built on AMD’s Zen 3 architecture and boasts up to 8 cores and 16 threads, allowing users to multitask quickly and seamlessly, hopping from one application to another, while also being able to handle games, video streams, and more.
When it comes to RAM, the Geekom A5 Mini will support up to a whopping 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory, which means that you should have no issues running memory intensive applications. The PC also supports PCIe Gen 3 x 4 NVMe/SATA SSD up to 2TB, so you can store a bunch of photos, videos, and songs on it and will also be able to enjoy incredibly fast read and write speeds.
AMD Radeon graphics
One of the drawbacks of small form factor PCs is that they are quite limited when it comes to GPU choice. This is because most GPUs were designed for larger cases as they can be quite long/tall, but this doesn’t mean the Geekom A5 Mini will fall short in the graphics department.
As a result of using AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, the Geekom A5 Mini will also be getting an integrated GPU in the form of the Radeon Vega 8. This ensures that if you need that boost in graphics, you can have it.
Users will be able to run professional software like Adobe Photoshop 2020, Illustrator 2020, Premiere Pro 2017, After Effect 2022, 3Dmax2018, and more without any issues. Combine that with the Ryzen CPU and we’re looking at launch times as quick as 0.1 seconds, while also ensuring that the PC doesn’t run too hot.
Speaking of getting hot, despite the Geekom A5 Mini being such a small PC, there is a built-in fan that is powerful and can provide enough cooling to the PC under intense loads. Even when running more demanding applications such as C4D R25, Geekom measured that the CPU hit a max temperature of 73C, which considering its specs and size is actually very decent.
The GPU will also allow users to attach multiple external monitors to it, where users will actually be able to hook up to four monitors to the A5 Mini at once for the ultimate productivity machine.
Pricing & availability
So if the Geekom A5 Mini sounds like a PC you might be interested in, it is available from Geekom’s website or Amazon where it is currently enjoying a $100 discount, bringing its price down to $399. Also, don’t forget that you will be able to knock another $40 off if you use the phandroida540 coupon code upon checkout that Geekom has so generously provided to our readers! You can also save $40 on Amazon by using code N8XR6ZF4.
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