Skip to main content

I fell in love with this adorable mini gaming PC

Tech of the Week LogoA new mini gaming PC designed to look like a classic Mac is launching soon, and it could be seriously impressive. Ayaneo revealed the AM01 mini PC and it’s among the first mini PCs the company has ever released.

Ayaneo is mostly known for making handheld gaming PCs like the Ayaneo 2S, but it’s introducing two mini PCs as part of its new Remake concept. The series is meant to “interpret retro, reshape classic,” according to the company, which furnished its portable gaming devices with the powdery whites and grays of classic electronics.

AYANEO Retro Mini PC AM01 - Interpret Retro, Reshape Classic

The AM01 looks like it takes design inspiration specifically from a classic Mac like the Apple II. It’s off-white with a rainbow badge on top that sits alongside a gray power button. Ayaneo hasn’t shared many details yet, but it looks as if the mini PC includes five USB ports, with four on the back and one on the front, along with an HDMI port, DisplayPort connection, and Ethernet.

We don’t have any details about the specs for now, but the IndieGoGo page for the AM01 promises “top-notch gaming experiences” and “multiple processor version option.” The page also highlights that the mini PC will be available with Windows 11 or as a bare-bones PC, both of which offer user-expandable storage.

Badges for the Ayaneo AM01.

Ayaneo is no stranger to powerful APUs like the Ryzen 7 7840U, so it’s possible we’ll see an APU in the AM01. It’s possible that Ayaneo could pack a discrete GPU into the mini PC, though an APU seems more likely given the size. Ayaneo says the AM01 is “so portable [it] can be carried in your bag.”

Ayaneo AM02 mini PC.

The PC will launch in mid- to late November at an Ayaneo event, but it seems this is when the campaign on IndieGoGo will launch, not when the final product will ship.

Ayaneo announced several other products at its showcase, including the AM02, which is a mini PC like the AM01 that sports a design reminiscent of the classic NES. In addition, the company introduced the Ayaneo Slide, which is a 7840U handheld with a screen you can slide forward to reveal a keyboard, and the Ayaneo Flip, a clamshell handheld that reveals either a keyboard or a second screen depending on your model. The Slide will launch at the end of November, while the Flip is expected in the next two months.

Editors' Recommendations

Jacob Roach
Senior Staff Writer, Computing
Jacob Roach is a writer covering computing and gaming at Digital Trends. After realizing Crysis wouldn't run on a laptop, he…
I built the best gaming PC in the world — and it wasn’t worth it
Jon's latest gaming and work machine.

Bonus points if you spot the LED gloved-hand reflection. Jon Martindale / DigitalTrends

I love PC hardware. I've been researching it, building it, tweaking it, and writing about it for 20 years and I still get just as excited by the latest generation of CPUs as I did when I put together my first PC in my teens.

Read more
A typo is ruining this $700 Asus motherboard — but there’s a fix
A typo on the Asus ROG Maximus Z790 motherboard.

Everyone makes mistakes, but some are more costly than others. Asus is finding itself with a mistake on its hands, as its expensive ROG Maximus Z790 Hero EVA-02 motherboard features an embarrassing spelling mistake.

On the left side of the board is a screen, and the font along it reads "evangenlion," not "evangelion." Several users have discovered the error after receiving the $700 limited edition motherboard, which is the second design Asus has created in collaboration with the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. The first EVA-01 design had "evangelion" spelled correctly. It also seems the problem goes much deeper than a couple of motherboards.

Read more
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: best settings, benchmarks, and more
Soliders take cover behind a riot shield in a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 promo image.

Modern Warfare 3 is a new bar for the franchise, at least in terms of visual quality. The highly scalable PC release can accommodate low-end systems, but if you're looking to get the most mileage out of a midrange gaming PC, you'll need the best settings for Modern Warfare 3. 

I've been putting the game through its paces for about a week, testing the various options in the graphics menu, as well as its slew of upscaling options. Here's everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 3's performance on PC.
Best settings for Modern Warfare 3

Read more