We know that MINIX is a great company so you can expect that all of their products deliver quality and efficiency. Meet their latest mini PC – the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro which is a device that has a similar set up like the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 but with three specific differences. The company’s latest device is rigged with a licensed Windows 10 Pro that supports numerous commercial software applications; it also comes with the VESA mount and is powered by the Intel Atom X5Z-8350.

Today, we’re going to learn more about the NEO Z-83-4 Pro and how it performs compared to its predecessor; but first, let’s check out what’s in the box when you first get your hands on the purchased device.

MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro Review – Whats in the Box?

When we got the device, we actually liked that the box was durable and sturdy, so we didn’t really worry about the NEO Z-83-4 Pro having any damages. After removing the device from the package, you’ll find items included in the box such as the multi-language assembly guide (which is in English, Chinese, and Deutsch), the dual-band antenna, HDMI cable, power adaptor, and the product brochure. 

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The Product

MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro Review – Minix Once Again Leads the Pack

The build quality of the NEO Z-83-4 Pro is top notch since the company utilizes a metallic bottom and durable plastic for its housing. Aside from providing adequate protection, the materials used also aids in the reduction of heat so you won’t really need a fan to cool the device; it is also great that the NEO Z-83-4 Pro still appears to be as compact as possible.   

When it comes to the design of the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro, it features a LED light status indicator on the front portion of the device while a large MINIX logo can be found at the top portion of this. To the left are the antennas, the Kensington lock, and the reset button; you will find the micro SD slot, power button, a single USB 3.0 slot and three USB 2.0 slots on the right portion of the NEO Z-83-4 Pro. Behind the device, you will see the headphone jack and microphone (combined features), the DC input, the Mini Display Port, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, and the HDMI. Lastly, you will also find the anti-skid pads right at the bottom of the NEO Z-83-4 Pro.

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The MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro with the Intel HD Graphics 400 processor and Intel X5-Z-8350 Quad-Core CPU provide you with a lower interfering and faster Wi-Fi performance anytime, anywhere; the Windows 10 operating system also gives you an excellent surfing experience where you won’t really need to reboot every single time. 

The NEO Z-83-4 Pro is perfect for light gaming, browsing, watching online videos, and text editing; its system is snappy and boots in less than twenty seconds while simple applications such as Notepad++, Chrome, Firefox, etc. starts up instantly. If you’re someone who uses the computer with a couple of tabs open at the same time, this won’t be an issue and no lags or delays were experienced on our part so we’re giving the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro a thumbs up for this.   

The MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro is a versatile and affordable Mini PC with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed to it: it is a great device for industrial applications or office operations and is ideal for POS, Digital Signage, and Thin Client Solutions. The NEO Z-83-4 Pro is also excellent when it comes to producing high-quality visuals, is multi-display ready and has a native 4k output; not only that, but the device also includes a Mini Display Port and HDMI output for your convenience. The MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro also sports a fanless-passive cooling style and a silent solution that is said to be highly energy efficient. The device also doesn’t have any moving parts so it basically has 100% solid state components that offer longer and better product life.

The NEO Z-83-4 Pro also features the tiny form factor that is equipped with a range of connectivity options such as the USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, Dual-Band 802.11-AC Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.2, the Gigabit Ethernet Port, and a lot more. Lastly, the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro is also ideal for industrial applications and it includes the VESA mount and an automatic power-on option. The auto power-on option can be set up within the BIOS menu of the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro; and as for the VESA mount, this allows you complete access to the power buttons and all of the ports while not affect the device’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi performance.

 

Product Specifications

  • Brand: MINIX
  • Model: NEO Z83 – 4 PRO
  • Type: Mini PC
  • System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Atom X5-Z8350
  • CPU: Intel Atom X5-Z8350
  • Core: Quad Core
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 400
  • RAM: 4G RAM
  • RAM Type: DDR3L
  • ROM: 32G ROM
  • Decoder Format: H.263,H.264,H.265,HD MPEG4
  • Video format: AVC,AVI,DAT,FLV,H.264,H.265,MPEG,MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG4,PMP,RM,TP,VOB,WMV
  • Audio format: AAC,AC-3,APE,DTS,FLAC,MP3,OGG,WMA
  • Photo Format: BMP,JPEG,JPG,jps(3D),mpo(3D),PNG
  • Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
  • 5G WiFi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Support
  • Power Supply: Charge Adapter
  • Interface: Ethernet,HDMI,Mini DP,RJ45,USB2.0,USB3.0
  • Language: Danish,Dutch,English,French,Greek,Japanese,Korean,Norwegian,Thai,Turkish
  • DVD Support: No
  • HDMI Version: 2.0
  • Other Functions: 3D Games,3D Video,NTSC,PAL
  • External Subtitle Supported: Yes
  • HDMI Function: CEC,HDCP,HEC
  • Power Consumption.: 12V 3A
  • RJ45 Port Speed: 1000M
  • Product weight: 0.3480 kg
  • Package weight: 1.0960 kg
  • Product size (L x W x H): 12.20 x 12.20 x 2.50 cm / 4.8 x 4.8 x 0.98 inches
  • Package size (L x W x H): 22.00 x 18.00 x 7.50 cm / 8.66 x 7.09 x 2.95 inches

How it Performs

When we tried out the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro, it took about thirty seconds to boot into the operating system while the shutdown was fast as well. As for the connections of the device, everything performed excellently and both the Wi-Fi & Bluetooth’s range was perfect as well. Since it also features the 4 GB RAM, you will be able to easily multitask; you will also be able to open up to ten tabs in the Chrome browser while having 1080p YouTube videos on playback.

How to Use

When you get your own MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro, notice that it comes with the Creators Update version-1073 of Microsoft Windows 10 Pro and here, you will be greeted by Windows 10’s personal assistant, Cortana. Windows 10 Pro has a couple of advantages and these include the following:  Bitlocker in the Security, various applications on Business Management & deployment, Windows Information Protection, as well as Windows Fundamentals. We think that the software is perfect for enterprises and businesses since you won’t really need to buy another copy of Windows 10 Pro to be able to utilize and take advantage of these features.

Software

 

Using the device is quick and easy: you just need to link the USB 3.0 hard drive to its designated USB port, keyboard, USB mouse, HDMI, as well as the Ethernet cables before starting up the device. Microsoft has enabled, by default, the Cortana voice assistant on the setup wizard so the first thing that you will hear is a voice that asks you to choose the region where you live. You have the option of turning this off if you do not really want to use Cortana and you can do this by pressing the Volume icon that can be found on the lower right corner of the device. Although the NEO Z-83-4 Pro does not feature a built-in mic, there is one mic available for you to answer “yes” to reach the next step on Cortana.  Additionally, you will also be asked about your privacy settings for speech recognition, location, diagnostics, and a lot more. All the options that are available are also enabled by default, so for better privacy, you can choose to set these off.

Once you’re done setting up Windows 10 Pro, you’ll notice that it looks quite similar to Windows 10 Home; the only difference is that you will be informed about running the Pro version in the system. After this, a window will pop up which indicates a couple of information about the device, and that the operating system has activated.

Conclusion

If you’ve been searching for a well-performing, quality Mini PC that runs on Windows 10 Pro that also features an excellent build quality and durability, the MINIX NEO Z-83-4 Pro will make the perfect choice for your needs. It is a durable and sturdy device that features outstanding connectivity which includes Gigabit Ethernet, a maximum of 802.11-AC Wi-Fi, V4.2 Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.0, and the Mini Display Port 1.2.

The company’s decision to select the best elements for the device provides snappy and highly efficient read / write performance, smooth running of apps and programs, as well as excellent networking speed over wired connections. We can also say that the NEO Z-83-4 Pro greatly succeeds in providing an efficient, reliable, low-costing, silent, energy-saving, and low profile operating system at a very affordable price; and given the additional features that the device has, we can definitely recommend this to everyone who wants a smart and durable Mini PC.

Where to Buy

You can grab yourself the Minix Neo Z-83-4 Pro for only $260AUD over at Gearbest.

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