Ayaneo’s take on the Mac Mini is its cutest computer yet

Ayaneo AM01
Pictured: Ayaneo AM01
// Ayaneo's newest PC goes big on nostalgia
Fergus Halliday
Nov 29, 2023
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Published on November 28, 2023

Ayaneo is branching out from Steam Deck-style handhelds with the Macintosh-inspired Ayaneo Retro Mini PC AM01.

Available for preorder in a variety of different spec configurations, this miniature PC combines a charmingly old-school aesthetic with a set of older (but not quite out of date) AMD Ryzen chipsets.

On the low-end, you're looking at an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of on-board storage. That model is priced to move while stocks last at $150 USD.

If you don't mind cutting back on thrift when it comes to Ayaneo's latest throwback, there's also a version of the AM01 that runs on an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U chipset that can be kitted out with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.  That variant starts at $220 USD but a maxed-out model comes in at $382 USD.

Regardless of which spec-sheet you settle on, you'll get the same retro design and plethora of ports. The back of the pint-sized PC features four USB Type-A ports, one USB type-C port, both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, plus a headphone jack and an Ethernet slot if you want something faster than Wi-Fi. 

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According to Ayaneo itself, the AM01 is only the beginning. In a blog post, it pitched the new PC is the first in a line of products inspired by iconic tech designs of the past.

"As the first product in this series, the Retro Mini PC AM01 pays homage to the revolutionary Macintosh, a product that truly changed the computer industry," the company said.

To that end, the company has already begun teasing a NES-inspired AM02. If you're sold on the Ayaneo's first foray into NUC-style miniature PCs, you can pre-order it via Indiegogo from today. Although the company are taking orders via a crowdfunding platform, it expects to ship units out from as soon as next month.

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Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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