If a computer weighs only 331 g and occupies the footprint of a CD case, then you can’t expect a gaming PC. But it suddenly becomes interesting for office applications – especially since it is still passively cooled. At Gearbest you can buy the MAD GIGA AP34 Pro Mini-PC with 6 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD and Intel Celeron for $139.99.
The MAD GIGA AP34 Pro is an extremely compact and lightweight Windows mini PC that, once connected to the TV, allows you to replace the fixed PC in the simplest operations. On the road, at a presentation, on the road, just put the small metal box in your backpack and you’re ready to go! The integrated Bluetooth allows you to control it also through special controllers, to be purchased separately.
The aesthetic aspect of this small computer is very simple in its black metal construction. Very conspicuous is the inscription that can be traced back to Brand/Model, as well as the plastic antenna located on the left side of the device. MAD GIGA AP34 Pro has a very good solidity and a good overall construction, surrounded by an excellent set of ports: 2 HDMI, 3.5mm jack, SD slot, LAN input, 4 USB 3.0. Remaining in connectivity, we must mention the presence of Bluetooth 4.0. There is no shortage of power and reset keys, as well as a small LED status. The left and right sides, among others, have holes to facilitate dissipation, essential since it is a fanless computer. The milled edges are not very blunt and tend to be too angular, but it is a detail for its own sake, as the device will be hidden behind the TV.
Its main purpose, in fact, is to transform a simple monitor, in a device very close to the “All in one”; at least from the point of view of compactness. The Mini PC has two threads at the bottom that allow it to be screwed to the metal bracket in the package. Metal bracket that, in turn, will be fixed to the VESA attachment of the panel. At this point just connect the power cord and the HDMI cable 0.2m (not to have clutter) and you’re done. At this point you can use the USB 3.0 ports, easily accessible, to connect to the keyboard and mouse, or alternatively using Bluetooth 4.0.
MAD GIGA AP34 Pro is a small computer that uses components, discreet value, also seen on multiple notebooks, especially import. Inside, in fact, takes place the Intel Celeron N3450, a reliable CPU and run in its 2 years of life. Although it is not a latest generation processor, the Quad-core 1.10GHz chip can easily manage the basic operations of a PC: reading and writing documents, navigation with several open tabs, multimedia content and small retouching jobs.
The main purpose of MAD GIGA AP34 Pro is certainly to ensure a good use of multimedia content, with a few applications installed directly on the 57GB memory available to the user, expandable via SD card. In this regard, the 6GB of RAM and the integrated Intel® HD 500 Graphics card are optimally managed.
Clearly this is not a “machine” designed for gaming and this is demonstrated by the test, carried out during the review, on Asphalt 8. The device easily recognizes the Xbox controller but the pleasantness of the game is not enough. The numerous frame losses invite the user to leave the game session early. In addition, the device tends to warm up after several minutes of play, which further reduces its performance. With other uses, temperatures remain stable.
The hardware made available to the MAD GIGA AP34 Pro is enough to run a well optimized software such as Windows 10 Home. The completeness of the Microsoft ecosystem allows you to have at your fingertips all the documents saved on the various Cloud. It won’t be a problem to take back some notes written on OneNote or the files saved on OneDrive.
The Market is huge and includes a wide range of applications but, as we know, there is the possibility to download programs directly from the search engine. In any case, the programs that I consider essential are easily available on the Microsoft Store. The experience of using the pre-installed Edge browser has been sufficiently positive, with good management of the various tabs opened.