Anyone who gets to see the inside of a current Mac Mini is usually amazed. This is because there is an astonishing amount of air in the housing, which was still designed for the old Intel architecture. No wonder: RAM and SSD are soldered directly onto the relatively small board and apart from the fan and the power supply unit, there are hardly any other necessary components.
Which is why we have been mistakenly betting for over two years that Apple would launch a "Mac Micro" on the market, i.e. a particularly small Mac Mini that could perhaps even be plugged directly into a power socket. If Apple were to offer such a device - preferably with "outdated" M1 technology - for 499 euros/dollars, it could certainly appeal to new groups of buyers and attract them to the Mac Boot.
But Apple doesn&t seem to tick like that. However, there are obviously some manufacturers in the traditional PC/Windows camp who have a lot to gain from the idea of miniaturizing the desktop. For example, there has been a separate mini desktop computer device class for some time, which originated in Intel&s NUC computers.
Recently, however, AMD has also introduced a suitable processor series for notebooks in the form of the Phoenix models, which are now finally finding their way into such mini PCs and offer similar possibilities to Apple&s M processors. This means fast, economical yet powerful CPU and GPU cores that share a common main memory. These AMD chips are currently selling well in portable games consoles due to their relatively strong GPU performance. And what is good for gamers is usually not a bad choice for video editors either.
The AOC MOSS M7 with 32GB/2TB costs just 521 dollars
AOC in China has now announced a particularly interesting device for the minimalist editing suite (or the mobile video nomad): The Moss M7 Mini-PC is based on a Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU (8 cores, 16 threads). The GPU should also be fully equipped: (Radeon 780M with 12 CUs, AV1 video engine and even the Xilinx FPGA AI accelerator XDNA should be available).
It is also to be expected that many more manufacturers will soon launch similar devices on the market. This means that we should be able to buy mini Windows PCs equipped in this way here in Germany by the beginning of next year at the latest. And so it&s probably time for us to take a closer look at such gadgets too...
The whole thing is paired in a tiny case with 32 GB DDR5 RAM and a 2 TB SSD. Apple would charge a small fortune for this equipment alone. However, the AOC Moss M7 currently costs just 520 dollars in China!