Review of the Geekom MiniAir 11: Is the mini-PC appropriate for the home office?

Review of the Geekom MiniAir 11: Is the mini-PC appropriate for the home office? ...

The Geekom Mini Air 11 is not much bigger than a cheese box. However, it is intended to replace your expensive and, above all, powerful desktop PC. We tested the computer, which costs less than $250, and see if it is worth buying for a home office.

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Price and Availability

The Geekom Mini Air 11 is already available in shops. On the manufacturer's website, it is listed with a single storage configuration with 8 GB of RAM and a256 GB SSD for internal storage. It costs $239 in Geekom's online store, which is discounted from its $279 recommended retail price.

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Note: This article was written in collaboration with Geekom. This had no bearing on the exact content or editorial opinions.

Design & Connectivity

The Geekom MiniAir 11 measures 11 cm x 11.5 cm x 4 cm. It does not fit in a pocket, although it does take up little room on the desk, either. The number of connectivity options is also greater than in many notebooks!

What I liked:

  • Portable and compact.
  • Solid connectivity options.
  • Integrated SD card reader.
  • Monitor holder included.

What I didn't like:

  • Only RAM and SSD are upgradeable.
  • Impossible to unscrew the case in the review.
  • Combined jack.

The MiniAir 11 is a fantastic mini PC that comes in a nice package with many cables. Among them are a mini Display Port-to-HDMI adapter, as well as a carrying pouch that protects the PC from scratches and accidental knocks.

In my home office setup, wireless Bluetooth peripherals are available thanks to Bluetooth 4.0, which allows for additional USB drives and external hard drives. A major plus point during setup was the included mini Display Port adapter, which allowed me to power two monitors with the tinyPC.

The Geekom MiniAir 11 has six ports.

Rear panel:

  • Power connector (19 volts)
  • Mini Display Port
  • Ethernet (RJ45)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • HDMI
  • USB-C (only for data according to the manufacturer)

Front:

  • USB-C
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 3.5 mm jack (headset/headphones combined)

Sides

  • Reader for SD cards (left)
  • Kensington lock (right)

A pleasant surprise: Although Geekom claims that the USB-C port on the backside was intended for data only, I was able to connect a third monitor via USB-C, which is not specified in the technical specifications.

Geekom placed a whisper-quiet fan in the mini PC despite its small size. Even when it was under heavy use, it wasn't audible in a quiet area.

Two more sentences on your expansion options: When it comes to mini PCs, this advantage of conventional desktop computers only extends to a small extent. There is no room for dedicated graphics cards or the possibility to upgrade the processor.

During testing, an attempt to open the mini PC failed. According to the instructions, I had to remove four screws, and after several screwdriver bitswere bent with only one screw loosening, I canceled my attempt, fearing that I would destroy the entire machine.

Performance: For home office and mini-games

The MiniAir 11 is powered by an Intel Celeron N5095 processor and its onboard graphics (Intel UHD 605). DDR4 SODIMM modules serve as working memory, and an M.2 SATA SSD serves as mass storage. Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 4.0 make my home office more tidy, and the preloaded Windows 11 Pro is surprising fast.

What I liked:

  • Sufficient performance for office, minor image editing and older games.
  • License for Windows 11 Pro included.

What I disliked:

  • Quickly overwhelmed during multitasking.
  • Suitable for old games only.

For comparison, I normally use a MacBook Air with a M1 chip, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD storage as my home office laptop with MacOS running as an OS.

The performance level on my MacBook is certainly lower, but it also costs almost $1,000 less. In my everyday editorial work, I was still productive. Using office programs and browsing with multiple tabs in Google Chrome while using messaging services like Slack simultaneously constitutes my typical home office workflow.

Despite the dual-monitor setup, the MiniAir 11 managed both of these tasks at the same time. Google Chrome in particular is a problem. During my testing period, I installed many of my web apps as standalone programs and made sure not to open too many tabs. Thus, I could work without any problems, but I had to contend with stutters during music playback or delays for keyboard inputs.

The performance level is adequate to place photographs on a transparent background in Photoshop. Lightroom also works, but the MiniAir 11 is unsuitable for video editing.

Even with a RAM upgrade, this machine ekes out enough power for older PC games. For my review, I installed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and the shooter was playable in a smooth manner.

The final verdict

The Geekom MiniAir 11proved's first impression was convincing. It's a reasonably priced PC that costs less than $250, yet it has plenty of connectivity for everyday use.

The MiniAir 11 can be easily mounted to the back of a monitor or hidden behind your TV. Thanks to Kodi or Plex, you may create an expandable and repairable all-in-one PC or add a powerful multimedia station to your home theater setup.

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Mini-ATX cases are more suitable for desk use, because they are lightweight, have the ability to connect expansion cards for dedicated graphics, and they are also small enough to fit under your monitor horizontally.

MiniAir 11 is a mini-air plane.

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