A few years ago Intel found that consumers, both pro and home buyers were shying away from purchasing hulking desktop towers and leaning towards laptop form factors. To address this potential gap in the market they came up with the NUC or Next Unit of Computing. These tiny yet performant devices kicked off a new segment in the market for compact pcs without legacy components.
Today we’re looking at the ASUS ExpertCentre PN64, a compact yet powerful PC unit with the potential to revolutionize the way we use and interact with tech which is now an essential and integral part of our lives. Whether it’s for work, entertainment or communication, we depend on a multitude of high-tech products on a daily basis. More and more computing power is being shoe-horned into smaller and smaller devices, let’s see if this mini-PC has got what it takes to upgrade our day-to-day lives…
The ASUS ExpertCenter PN64 measures just 175 x 175 x 34 mm, just smaller than a standard ATX power supply, and weighs only 1kg. Despite its tiny form factor, the PN64 is a powerful device that offers an excellent balance of size and performance. This miniPC is equipped with the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and supports the super-fast GEN4 NVMe’s making it incredibly fast and responsive. Offering excellent connectivity, the PN64 comes equipped with both 2.5Gb LAN and WiFi 6E with BT 5.2, making it an excellent choice for work, gaming, or streaming.
The ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 Mini PC has a sleek and aesthetically pleasing form that blends seamlessly into any environment at the home or office. Although primarily aimed at business users, its compact size makes it perfect for those who don’t want to sacrifice precious desk real estate with unsightly equipment. With the supplied VESA mounting adaptor, the PC can be discreetly mounted to the back of a compatible monitor with minimal fuss in no time. It really is a good example of form and function working in harmony. The ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 is perfect for those who need an unobtrusive PC to blend in with their current home or office setting.
The ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 is incredibly versatile and multifunctional giving you the option to spec it up to the max. The 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors handle all your computing needs with ease making it a great choice for anyone who needs to run and swap between multiple applications throughout the day.
The PN64 is fitted with 2 x DDR5-4800MHz SO-DIMM ram slots allowing you to add up to 32GB (2 x16Gb) of super-fast DDR5 memory. For storage, it has 1x PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVME slot and 1x 2.5″ SATA drive connector which allows you a great deal of flexibility. Once you’ve configured your hardware just the way you want, you can install your OS of choice and off you go…
Available in two processor specifications; Intel® Core™ i5-12500H Processor, (18M Cache, P-core up to 4.50 GHz/ E-core up to 3.30 GHz)
and Intel® Core™i7-12700H Processor, (24M Cache, P-core up to 4.70 GHz/ E-core up to 3.50 GHz ). The on-board graphics available are the Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics or Intel® UHD Graphics, depending on which processor you pick.
As for on-board I/O, you are in for a surprise, despite its svelte form, the PN64 rocks a bunch of ports and sockets. On the front of the machine you’ll find; 1 x USB 3.2 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2, 1 x Audio Jack and a Kensington Lock. And on the rear you’ll see 1 x USB 3.2, 1 x USB 3.2 TypeC, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Configurable Port (options: HDMI 2.1/ Display Port 1.4/ VGA/ COM/ Intel 2.5G LAN); 1 x Intel (RJ45) 2.5G LAN, a DC in, and last but not least, a Padlock ring
For anyone who is concerned about escalating energy prices, the ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 is incredibly energy-efficient. It consumes far less power than traditional desktop computers, which will not only appeal to those concerned with environmental issues but also these energy-saving credentials will eventually pay dividends allowing you to spend or save on more tech, as you please!
The ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 has undergone rigorous testing to ensure that it can withstand extreme temperatures, shocks, and vibrations. This miniPC is a durable and reliable device that will surely withstand the wear and tear of normal daily use. Its solid construction using high-quality components along with ample ventilation apertures make it an enduring device that will serve you for years to come.
The ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 is a fantastic PC that increases productivity around the home or commercial setting. Its compact size, impressive performance figures and shear versatility make it worth considering. I feel the multiple configuring options also make it more future-proof than an off-the-shelf PC. If you’re looking for a genuine workhorse that has the ability to do it all and look good doing it, then the ASUS ExpertCentre PN64 is the perfect choice for you.
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