TECH NEWS – Asus will be one of Intel’s partners for the 14th-generation Meteor Lake processors.
The following image has surfaced on Twitter, showing that Asus has designed the PN65 mini PC following the PN64-E1. Externally, its design has a black textured surface with no changes from the previous generation. It also has a front I/O beyond the back so that you can connect more things more easily. The front of the machine has one USB 3.2 Type-C and two USB 3.2 Type-A ports and an RGB indicator showing the PC’s status (on, sleep, etc.), while the back has one USB 3.2 and two USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with DisplayPort 1.4, all in a Type-C connector. So you can easily connect your monitor, a mouse, a keyboard, a headset, and an external SSD and charge your mobile.
The PN65’s performance, release date, and pricing have not yet been leaked, as benchmark test results have not made it to the internet. Still, as a starting point, you can use what insiders have previously leaked about the results of the mobile Intel Meteor Lake processors as a starting point. The processor consumes just 28W, significantly improving over the 35W consumption of Intel Core i7-13800H or i5-13600H processors seen in the PN64-E1. For RAM, we can now put two max 32GB modules of 5600 MHz sticks instead of 4800 MHz, but it seems that Asus has not planned a Thunderbolt connector for the PN65, which the company might announce in a month or two.
The mini PC market is getting increasingly competitive, with many manufacturers present (Dell, HP, Intel, Apple, or even ASRock with its next-gen DeskMeet with AMD Ryzen 7000 APU). Getting one of these devices is a good idea for office use, as it does not take up space yet still offers good performance.