The Intel NUC, Lenovo ThinkCentre M83 and Apple Mac Mini are good mini computers, according to Tom's Guide. The Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7H-5500 is another highly rated model.
The Intel NUC weighs 1 pound and features an Intel Core i5-5250U processor. It is compatible with most solid-state drives and delivers fast, reliable performance. Users must install their own memory cards and hard drives. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M83 has an Intel Core i5-4590T processor and weighs 2.6 pounds. This computer features pre-installed memory and storage drives, and is extremely popular among business users due to its performance and large ports array.
The Apple Mac Mini weighs 2.6 pounds and has a 1.4-GHz Core i5 processor. This computer is very popular for home use and offers integration with Apple's mobile devices. Users may forward iPhone calls, text messages and iMessages directly to the Mac Mini. This diminutive computer is sufficiently powerful to support multiple monitors.
The Gigabyte Brix GB-BXi7H-5500 is a mini computer often used for video editing, multimedia applications and gaming. It includes a 2.4-GHz Core i7-5500U and multiple ports. Users must install their own memory, storage drives and operating systems. Consequently, this 1-pound computer is best suited to experienced users, according to Tom's Guide.