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ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini-STX Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 20, 2016 4:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

Packaging

 

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ASRock shipped our unit is a brown box, not in final retail packaging, so we don't know what the final retail box will look like. Everything was packaged well, and I had everything to build the system. Accessories include an AC/DC power brick, an SATA6Gb/s cable (data and power), various screws for mounting, rubber feet, and an AC power cord.

 

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Instead of going with a third-party vendor, such as SilverStone, ASRock decided to design their own enclosure. This enclosure has many openings for good ventilation, which should theoretically allow for cooler temperatures and less fan noise. I think it's cool to be able to see the inside of a computer, and apart from adding a window, the large ventilation holes provide a glimpse into the action inside. You might also notice many openings/cutouts, and these are for customization options such as a COM port or extra USB headers. ASRock is adamant about this case and motherboard being fully customizable.

 

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The DeskMini 110 is capable of standing upright or just on its belly. There are indentations for adding the rubber feet to either the belly of the beast or on one of its sides as pictured above. The front of the unit features USB 3.0 type-A, USB 3.0 type-C, headphone jack, and microphone jack.

 

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The rear of the unit has a tiny little IO shield. There is a DC power input jack, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and an RJ-45 1Gbit LAN port. There is also a Kensington lock tab and some metal flaps that can be removed for the installation of Wi-Fi antennas and a COM port. The unit can be VESA mounted as well.

 

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There is another vent on the edge of the unit that doesn't act as a base. The power brick is rated at roughly 120W and is the same DELTA adapter commonly used on more powerful NUCs/notebooks.

 

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The motherboard tray slides out of the case as if it's a keyboard rack. The movement is smooth, and I didn't have any problem reinstalling the unit in the tray. There is a small ribbon cable used to connect the motherboard to the power button and activity LEDs. The bottom of the unit has enough space for mounting two 2.5-inch drives.

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