MINISFORUM Venus NPB5 Core i5-13500H Mini PC review

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The Minisforum Venus NPB5, an Intel Core i5-13500H-equipped mini PC, is set to launch approximately a week after its higher-end variant, the NPB7, which is powered by an Intel Core i7-13700H processor. The NPB7 is expected to commence shipping in mid-June. The NPB5, despite being a lower-powered variant, maintains similar features as the NPB7.


Minisforum NPB5
Processor Intel Core i5-13500H Processor, 12 Cores/16 Threads (18M Cache, up to 4.70 GHz)
GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics eligible (Graphics Frequency 1.45 GHz)
Memory DDR5 Dual channel (SODIMM Slots×2)
Storage 1×M.2 2280 PCIe4.0 SSD
Storage Expansion 1×2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot (SATA 3.0 6.0Gb/s)
Wireless Connectivity M.2 2230 WIFI Support (Wi-Fi 6E?BlueTooth 5.2)
Video Output HDMI (4K@60Hz) ×2?USB4(8K@60Hz)×2
Audio Output HDMI ×2, Audio Jack ×1
Peripherals Interface RJ45 2.5G Ethernet Port×2 USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A Port ×2
(In Back) USB4 Port ×2(In Back) USB3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port ×2
(In Front) USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C ×1(Data Only)
DC Jack ×1 HDMI ×2 Audio Jack ×1 DMIC ×1 Clear CMOS ×1
Power DC 19V (Adapter Included) DC 19V(Adapter Included)
System Windows 11 Pro

As for its pricing, the base configuration, commonly called the barebone setup, is priced at US$389. An alternate configuration featuring 32 GB RAM and a 1 TB storage option is available for preorder at US$569. Aside from the base configuration, all other options include Windows 11 Pro pre-installed. However, it's important to note that these prices exclude shipping charges and import duties, which might apply depending on local regulations.


The NPB5 supports up to 64 GB DDR5 memory and has space for a 2.5-inch storage unit. Connectivity options are comprehensive, with 2 HDMI ports, dual 2.5 Gbit/s Ethernet ports, 2 USB 4 ports, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and more. Power adapter options include US, UK, or AU standards, catering to various geographical requirements.

Package Contents:

  •  Mini PC
  • VESA Mount
  • Power Adapter
  • HDMI Cable
  • User Guide
  • Thank You Card

The Minisforum Venus NPB7 is a small form factor PC measuring 12.7x12.7cm, slightly larger than the traditional 10x10cm Intel NUC. The device comes with a VESA mounting bracket that can be attached through two ports located on the bottom.



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