MINISFORUM Venus NPB5 Core i5-13500H Mini PC review

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Size matters


Despite its compact size, the Venus NPB7 offers an impressive array of connectivity options on the back. This includes two full USB4 ports, two USB-A ports, two HDMI ports, and two 2.5GbE Ethernet ports, along with a power port. With this configuration, the PC can control up to four 4k 60Hz monitors. The USB4 ports deliver a full bandwidth of 40Gbit/s per port, similar to Thunderbolt, but without the associated certification costs.


The presence of Intel I225-V controllers allows for dual network connections, making the Venus NPB7 an ideal choice for a compact home server. It also comes with an unoccupied 2.5" drive bay and a 120W power supply using a round plug, ensuring no immediate loss of a USB4 port. However, it's important to note that this device requires a separate power supply.



This compact PC model supports the installation of DDR5-5200 RAM up to 64 GB, and it has storage provisions for one M.2 SSD and an additional 2.5-inch drive.


Its robust connectivity features include two RJ45 ports, four USB 3.2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 port, two USB4 ports, and two HDMI ports. It is also equipped with Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E capabilities. Unique to its design, the top cover of the PC can be easily accessed by a simple press action, allowing for convenient access to the internal components.


On the upside, the Venus NPB7 stands out with its tool-free accessibility. The PC's lid can be opened without screws, providing easy access to the interior. There's ample space to attach a 2.5" hard disk or SSD to the lid's interior, with a required SATA adapter included. The device also allows direct access to the M.2 SSD, WiFi card, and Sodimm memory modules.

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