Best Mini PCs with Windows 11 In 2022

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Hello! Welcome to our guide where we go over the best Windows 11 Mini PCs that are available on the market as of October 2021!

Last updated: October 18th, 2021

It’s finally October the 5th, and now Windows 11 is finally available to the general public. With this iteration of Microsoft’s popular operating system comes a leap in system requirements that is bigger than any generation prior. Plus, Microsoft have not been very good at explaining the requirements either.

The whole situation has left some users confused at what they need to upgrade and some users angry that their PCs will not be able to upgrade (have no fear, as Windows 10 will still be supported until 2025).

We hope this guide provides a useful point of reference for those looking to upgrade their old PC to a Windows 11-compatible model.

As we test more models in our line-up, we’ll add them to this guide. So check back regularly for updates!

Looking for a mini PC but aren’t particularly fussed about Windows 11? Check out our range of best mini PCs for a wider selection of models!

What are the System Requirements for Windows 11?

The official system requirements for Windows 11 are listed as follows:

Processor1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
RAM4 gigabyte (GB).
Storage64GB minimum
FirmwareUEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPMTPM 2.0
Graphics CardCompatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
DispalyHigh definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel.
Internet ConnectionAn internet connection and Microsoft account is required to set up a Home Edition installation.
Other editions do not have this requirement.
Windows 10 System Requirements

However, even though not all requirements are met, it may still be possible to run Windows 11 without TPM 2.0 or Secure Boot. Please note however that Windows 11 installations performed through these methods are not supported by Microsoft, and are performed at the user’s own risk.

Best Windows 11 Mini PCs – A List [Updated October 2021]

Below is a collection of all the best Windows 11 Mini PCs we’ve been able to confirm that support Windows 11 without significant tweaks.

DroiX Proteus 10

The DroiX Proteus 10 (and 10S) is one of few mini PCs currently that supports Windows 11 out-of-the-box. It comes with Windows 10 installed, but an upgrade to Windows 11 is relatively easy and painless. All you need to do is use the official Windows 11 installer.

The Proteus 10 is one of the newest PCs in the Droix-branded line of NUCs. Featuring a 10th generation intel processor, dual-channel RAM , and a respectable number for ports. The Proteus makes for a highly flexible yet powerful Intel NUC.

Interested? You can buy a DroiX Proteus 10 here. And learn more about this mini PC in our Proteus 10 review!

What we like!

  • Small form factor and light weight
  • High performance Intel processor
  • Energy efficient
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • HDMI and Display Port for dual monitor

What we don’t like…

  • USB ports are somewhat cramped
  • (Removable) Antennae make the device a little awkward to fit into tight spaces.

Minisforum X400

The MinisForum X400 is a best-selling AMD-powered Ryzen mini PC. Being one of the few mini PCs to make use of a desktop processor, the X400 provides desktop-level performance in a NUC-sized package.

Minisforum recently released a handful of BIOS updates for their more popular mini PCs. Included in this handful was the X400 (and it’s lesser-known little brother, the X300). The BIOS update for the X400 can be downloaded here in the form of a USB image that you must flash and boot into.

You can download the X400 BIOS update here.

Check out our review for the Minisforum X400, or purchase your very own X400 here.

What we like!

  • Extremely powerful desktop-level performance.
  • Audio interface options are nice.
  • Good cooling.

What we don’t like…

  • Can be a bit noisy under load.
  • Limited USB ports for the price.

Minisforum DMAF5

The DMAF5 is a mid-range AMD-powered mini PC that was also developed by MinisForum.

Powered by a Ryzen 5 3500U, the DMAF5 provides a combination of performance and efficiency at a more reasonable price point. it makes an excellent addition to any home office, enterprise environment, or home media centre.

Much like the X400, the DMAF5 also received a BIOS update enabling it to install Windows 11, which you can download here.

Check out our unboxing for the DMAF5, or purchase your own DMAF5 here.

What we like!

  • Easy to upgrade RAM/SSD
  • Good balance of interfaces

What we don’t like…

  • DisplayPort interface can be finicky

Minisforum UM700

The UM700 is a slightly more powerful alternative Ryzen mini PC to the Minisforum DMAF5. Beyond that, there is not a great deal to say about the device. It has a more powerful processor, but the RAM and physical features (rough size, port number, etc.) are mostly the same.

If you’re looking for a mini PC with a little extra “oomph” than the DMAF5, but an overall similar footprint, the UM700 makes an excellent choice.

Much like the X400 and the DMAF5, the UM700 also requires a BIOS update before it can use Windows 11. Once the update’s completed, the installation is painless and quick. You can download it here.

You can also purchase a Minisforum UM700 of your own here, and check out our UM700 unboxing and demo as well.

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What we like!

  • Easy to upgrade RAM/SSD
  • Good balance of interfaces

What we don’t like…

  • DisplayPort interface can be finicky

MinisForum EliteMini HX90

The MinisForum HX90 is an up-and-coming mini PC featuring a cutting-edge Ryzen 9 5900X processor, alongside dual channel RAM and space for not one, but two 2.5-inch hard drives inside.

As far as performance goes, the HX90 is top class, providing extremely high performance in both productivity and gaming, while having energy to spare.

The HX90 does not require a BIOS update in order to support Windows 11, and will only need to use the official Windows 11 installer.

Interested? Purchase a HX90 here. Or maybe learn more about it in our review!

What we like!

  • Cutting-edge performance
  • Supports two 2.5-inch drives

What we don’t like…

  • Expensive

The Beelink GT-R is a Ryzen mini pc launched in 2020, designed and manufactured by Beelink – a UMPC specialist company.

Featuring the AMD Ryzen 3550H, the GT-R strikes a solid midpoint between affordability and performance. With enough power to suitably handle day-to-day tasks, and a price that doesn’t break the bank.

The GT-R also boasts a large number of USB ports and video outputs making it a very flexible machine as a whole. Additionally, it features space for an extra M.2 SATA SSD (on top of the existing 2.5″ HDD and M.2 NVMe SSD).

The GT-R did not natively support Windows 11 at launch, and older units must instead perform a BIOS update before it can do so. If you happen to receive an older unit, worry not. The Beelink GT-R BIOS update is in the form of a simple .exe file that you must run, which you can download here.

(Disclaimer: This BIOS update is only applicable to the following S/Ns: GTR35-G-XXXXD00W64PRO, GTR35 II-G-XXXXD00W64PRO-1T, GTR35 II-V3-XXXXD00W64PRO-1T, GTR35 II-V3-00D00WCC, GTR35 II-V2-XXXXD00W64PRO. Running this update on any ANY other version or device may cause irreversible damage to the unit, which neither DroiX or Beelink are liable for.)

If you’re interested in purchasing a Beelink GT-R of your own, you can buy a Beelink GT-R here.

What we like!

  • Many interfaces
  • Can contain two M.2 SSDs

What we don’t like…

  • Some unnecessary features (CMOS reset button?)

CK1 (8th Generation)

The DroiX CK1 is a slightly older model of mini computer that proved to be one of our most popular Intel mini PCs. In part due to it’s top-class combination of affordability, performance, and expandability.

It has since been superseeded by the PROTEUS line of mini PCs, but still remains a solid mid-range budget option to this day.

It features an 8th generation Intel processor that can be an i5 or an i7. When this is combined with the speedy dual-channel SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM and M.2 NVMe storage (of your choice in capacity), it makes for a wonderfully versatile device.

The CK1 even has space inside for a 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD, should you wish to expand the storage.

To install Windows 11 on the CK1, you will need to go into the BIOS. Under the “Advanced” settings tab, select “Trusted Computing”, and enable it if it is disabled. You should then be able to install Windows 11 normally.

Learn a little more about the CK1 in our CK1 unboxing video. You can also buy a CK1 from DroiX (while supplies last).

What we like!

  • Good balance of price and performance
  • Sleek, subdued design

What we don’t like…

  • Wi-Fi signal could be better
  • Frontal USB ports rather cramped

benjamin
Mild-mannered support agent by daylight; even milder-mannered tech blogger under cover of night. Fond of gaming, virtual reality, and sleeping; not necessarily in that order.

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