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MSI Cubi 5 10M thin client mini PC review – TechRadar

The current pandemic means that space will often be at a premium for “working from homers” and working on a proper keyboard with a large screen is far more comfortable than using a laptop all day long. All in one computers and Mini PC and monitor combos go a long way to make this possible. 

The Cubi 5 10M from MSI is a mini PC (sometimes called Nettop or thin client) that is based on Intel’s 10th generation Comet Lake CPU, which is still a 14nm process. This form factor is becoming increasingly popular because of the versatility it offers and manufacturers have been able to pack a lot of firepower in shoebox-sized products without the price premium small computers used to have. 

The MSI Cubi 5 10M retails for $700 at Newegg and carries a one-year return-to-base warranty.

Side View

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MSI designers have adopted a minimalist approach with the Cubi 5 10M with a combination of metal and plastic. There’s plenty of gaps in the chassis to help with cooling as the mini PC has an active heatsink fan. You can easily access the inside of the PC to swap or replace the SSD or the memory.

Rear Ports

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At 4.41 x 4.57 x 1.75-inch for a weight of just over 1.2lbs, it is surprisingly compact and feels solid. The rear of the mini PC contains a HDMI port, a full-size DisplayPort connector, a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port courtesy of an Intel WGI219V, four USB ports and a proprietary power port.

Front Ports

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The front of the Cubi 5 10M houses the power switch, a Type-C USB connector, a LED indicator, two audio ports and another full size USB port. The box did not contain the optional power button switch cable but did come with a short SATA cable and a standard VESA mount.

Bottom of Device

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