The NVISEN MU05 does not shine especially by its form but rather by its content. Its dimensions are compact and rather classical but it encloses a rather high-end set of skills.
The chassis of this machine is very small, 12.8 cm wide as well as deep for 4.2 cm thick. A set of 850 grams with a metal case that offers a high-end core with a Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake from Intel. A chip running from 12 to 28 watts of TDP. It is a quad-core and octuple-threaded chip running from 2.8 to 4.7 GHz and embedding 12 MB of cache memory. A solution that offers an internal Intel Xe graphics circuit with 96 Execution Units and capable of driving many, many classic uses. It is accompanied here by a set of 16 GB of DDR4 RAM mounted on two SoDIMM slots and capable of evolving to 64 GB of 3200 MHz memory. The storage part is entrusted to a scalable 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe solution. A 2.5″ SATA slot is also available at the heart of the device. It is more or less the proposal of Intel with its NUC Panther Canyon the most high-end but that we came across in very small quantities in France in 2021.
Having played with a device of this type at the end of last year, with the same processor and the same RAM and storage of this type in NVMe, these are really exceptional devices compared to their size. The chip is very fast without giving off too much heat, which makes the whole thing quite quiet. The graphics circuit is as capable of driving an image editing tool as a video editing software and rendering. The graphics part ensures good results in FullHD for video games and the image rendering in UltraHD for video is extremely good. The impression of having a standard PC compressed into an ultra-compact chassis is really impressive, this kind of high-end chip does not make you regret the old tower formats, quite the contrary.
On the NVISEN MU05 we find a ventilation that looks quite imposing with a large fan located under the machine and should actively cool all components.
The unit is delivered under Windows 11 but the brand indicates a Linux compatibility with a support of Ubuntu. This probably means that all the components are very standard. The Wifi module is probably a very classic Intel solution. Nothing indicates that it can be changed but it is likely to be an M.2 module, which will be positive since it seems to be a Wifi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 solution. Nothing prohibitive but some will probably want to switch to a newer solution. A Wifi6E and Bluetooth 5.2 card often costs less than 35€.
The rest of the connectivity is pretty comprehensive with two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 2.0 outputs, a DisplayPort 1.2 output, an Ethernet port and a headphone jack in standard 3.5mm jack format. A Thunderbolt 4 port in USB Type-C format is also present on the front to extend the possibilities of the machine. It will therefore be possible to drive an external graphics solution but also to display on three screens in UltraHD. The small box is delivered with a VESA support to be fixed to a screen or a piece of furniture.