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Pre-Sale Minisforum UM350 Mini PC: Ryzen 5 3550H, 2x DDR4 Slot, 1x M.2 2280, 1x 2.5" Bay, 3x 4k@60Hz Out @ $269 & More

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Link: https://store.minisforum.com/coll...ucts/um350

Other Configs:
  • 8GB + 256GB @ $339
  • 16GB + 256GB @ $369
  • 16GB + 512GB @ $399

Note: Windows 10 Pro OS is only available with the models with Ram and SSD.

Spec:
  • Ryzen 5 3550H 4C/8T 2.1 GHz (3.7 GHz Boost, 2MB L2, 4MB L3)
  • AMD Vega 8 Graphics @ 1200 MHz
  • 2x DDR4 SODIMM
  • 1x M.2 2280 NVMe/SATA Slot
  • 1x 2.5" Bay
  • 1x M.2 2230 Slot (Dual Band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.1)
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (2.0A Max Output, Shutdown Charging, Yellow)
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (Blue)
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (DIsplayPort 1.2, 4K@60Hz)
    • 1x HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz)
    • 1x DisplayPort (4K@60Hz)
    • 1x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet Port
    • 1x Audio Jack
    • 1x Digital MIC
    • 1 x Clear CMOS

Package Content:
  • 1 Minisforum DeskMini UM350
  • 1 Power Adapter (DC 19V)
  • 1 HDMI Cable
  • 1 USB Cable
  • 1 Mounting Bracket
  • 1 User Manual
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4thedeal asked this question on 01-19-2022 at 10:38 AM
01-19-2022 at 07:10 PM
I have 2 of this brand. They're solid. I have no issues with either. One was hooked to my TV as an entertainment device. I have 3 or 4 mini pcs like this. They're (mine, I can't speak to this one) nice because they're compact but they aren't fast and don't have the specs to game on well. Only 1 of mine will run minecraft Java. It is one of the minisforum pcs though!

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Curious what others are using these for
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Curious what others are using these for
I have an older generation of NUC-like devices, all at least 6+ years old at this point. I have one running as a light-duty server that runs an enclosure with 8 HDs, and that package does a daily backup of all the machines on my network. It also runs Logitech Squeezeplayer, which allows me to synchronize playback of audio throughout and outside my house. Then I have 3 more similar devices, each at a television with a small wireless keyboard throughout the house. I just hate using apps and have an easier (faster) time navigating, searching, etc. with a PC vs a media stick or smart TV apps. So these things have made fantastic little HTPCs.

Since I originally set things up 6+ years ago, now all of my TVs are 4K, and much of my content could be, if it were not for the older machines no longer being up to the task. Hence why I'm looking here. This little device looks to be powerful enough that it could likely handle streaming Steam over the network easily, which would then extend the functionality of my gaming PC and where I could be using it from.

So, I dunno. Tempting.
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Curious what others are using these for
Hook it up to your TV, and connect a wireless keyboard and mouse. The possibilities are endless. Emulation. Cloud Gaming (Xbox, Stadia, Luna, etc…). Streaming is easier to search and change settings. Surf the web… with Ad Blockers! Etc… etc…

Looks like emulation up through PSP, Gamecube, PS2, and some of the less graphics intensive PS3 games.

ETA Prime's take:
https://youtu.be/ehlNmeXOq9c

Bonus: Install Launch Box front end and have all of your games organized with a nice menu with all the box arts, screenshots, etc…
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I have an older generation of NUC-like devices, all at least 6+ years old at this point. I have one running as a light-duty server that runs an enclosure with 8 HDs, and that package does a daily backup of all the machines on my network. It also runs Logitech Squeezeplayer, which allows me to synchronize playback of audio throughout and outside my house. Then I have 3 more similar devices, each at a television with a small wireless keyboard throughout the house. I just hate using apps and have an easier (faster) time navigating, searching, etc. with a PC vs a media stick or smart TV apps. So these things have made fantastic little HTPCs.

Since I originally set things up 6+ years ago, now all of my TVs are 4K, and much of my content could be, if it were not for the older machines no longer being up to the task. Hence why I'm looking here. This little device looks to be powerful enough that it could likely handle streaming Steam over the network easily, which would then extend the functionality of my gaming PC and where I could be using it from.

So, I dunno. Tempting.
I am looking at these mini pc's to hook up to a tv to stream international programs over. TV programs I need to use a vpn for and are not available through apps. Do you feel one of these would be powerful enough to stream HD programs with? I have an older computer that I use, but it is so slow, I get lots of buffering. So looking for something reasonably fast, would this be ok? Also, for streaming, do I need more ram, or will 8gb be enough? Do I need Windows to do this?
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How is the reliability of these minisforum units? Anyone have experience with this brand?
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I am looking at these mini pc's to hook up to a tv to stream international programs over. TV programs I need to use a vpn for and are not available through apps. Do you feel one of these would be powerful enough to stream HD programs with? I have an older computer that I use, but it is so slow, I get lots of buffering. So looking for something reasonably fast, would this be ok? Also, for streaming, do I need more ram, or will 8gb be enough? Do I need Windows to do this?
It is more than capable for streaming purpose, even at 4K.
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Beware streaming via browser = lower quality than most "apps", like Netflix for example. Just not optimized well. Depends what you're using it for but if you want high quality video (say you have an OLED or something) then I think having Nvidia shields is superior. I bought a used 4th gen i5 HP desktop to use as my Plex server for $50 off FB marketplace
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Ryzen 5 3550H - They're trying to dump old stock...
As one stated, for a 4K HTPC, buy a TV Shield Pro.
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how come this is pre-sale? This is an old model.
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how come this is pre-sale? This is an old model.
The CPU is old but this is a newly launched model if I'm not wrong. This is pretty common across these Mini PC sellers, where they use slightly older generation processors in a new product, targeted towards budget segments. Beelink, CHWUI, all have similarly released PC with both older Intel and AMD processors.
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Ryzen 5 3550H - They're trying to dump old stock...
As one stated, for a 4K HTPC, buy a TV Shield Pro.
Rocking 2x Shield Pro's. I dumped x86 HTPCs years ago and I'm glad I did. The Shield is quick and plays everything from my NAS. No transcoding needed. Even huge 60GB 4K videos play smooth as butter. Emulation works well too if that's your thing.
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If you set this up as a mini server, you could run the following:

- Home Assistant (would need to run as a separate VM for easiest installation)
- Plex (though it doesn't support hardware transcoding on AMD APUs)
- Frigate (camera NVR, works best with Google Coral which is OOS)
- many Docker addons for Plex, Home Assistant (Adguard, Wireguard VPN, etc)

But if you don't need the small form factor, there are refurbished Dell PCs you can buy for $150-200 that can do the same thing, probably better with Plex.

As a desktop PC it is probably fine, but you should think whether you are better off with a comparable laptop for a few hundred dollars more.

imo, I would consider this PC if I already had RAM and an NVME SSD lying around and I wanted a really small server to play around with.
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Curious what others are using these for
I have a zotac minipc that i love. Just no use for it. I want to use it, but ugh. Maybe upgrade my Rpi storage server to that, but if i do that it kinda eliminates the point of having a sff pc.
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If you set this up as a mini server, you could run the following:

- Home Assistant (would need to run as a separate VM for easiest installation)
- Plex (though it doesn't support hardware transcoding on AMD APUs)
- Frigate (camera NVR, works best with Google Coral which is OOS)
- many Docker addons for Plex, Home Assistant (Adguard, Wireguard VPN, etc)

But if you don't need the small form factor, there are refurbished Dell PCs you can buy for $150-200 that can do the same thing, probably better with Plex.

As a desktop PC it is probably fine, but you should think whether you are better off with a comparable laptop for a few hundred dollars more.

imo, I would consider this PC if I already had RAM and an NVME SSD lying around and I wanted a really small server to play around with.
Big fan of used Dell sff pc's. They are cheap, fast and reliable as hell.
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