The T-Bao company produces very interesting mini PC models and therefore today I have an updated version of the device called T-Bao TBOOK MN35 on my review.
In this article, you can find out what the Mini PC is capable of in real life. Since I will do a full tour of the various benchmark tests, play some heavy games, and also talk about temperatures and noise.
The mini PC model TBOOK MN35 cannot be called a budget model, since the technical specifications are very good. Therefore, the price tag for the new T-Bao model is also quite high. For example, at the time of this writing, the price tag for the T-Bao TBOOK MN35 was $400.
For this price, you will get very attractive technical features, and let’s go over the main thing in a nutshell. Inside the case, the manufacturer installed a new and very powerful AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics.
In addition, the device has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal SSD storage. The mini PC has a large number of external user interfaces and the device runs on the Windows 10 operating system.
I’ve already done a lot of performance tests on the new mini PC from T-Bao and I have a lot to share with you. Before we talk about the main features, let’s start our in-depth and full review with the unboxing.
T-Bao TBOOK MN35: Specifications
|T-Bao TBOOK MN35:||Specs|
|CPU:||AMD Ryzen 5 3550H|
|GPU:||Radeon Vega 8 Graphics|
|Maximum External Hard Drives:||2TB|
|OS:||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Interface:||3.5mm Audio, Type-C, 1xHDMI, slot 3xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0|
|Size:||127.6 x 127.6 x 38.3 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The mini PC is delivered in a rather large rectangular package, which is made of white. On the front, there is an inscription Mini PC with AMD processor emblems.
But here I did not notice either the picture or the brand name. This tells us that the T-Bao brand is not very popular and does not want to spoil the external impression of the packaging.
Inside the package, I found the mini PC itself on one side, which lay in protective foam. But on the other side, there was a box and all the accessories were located in it. For example, in a separate box I found – this is a charging cable, a 65 W power adapter, a SATA cable for connecting additional memory and instructions.
This completes the package and I was a little disappointed that the package does not include an additional monitor mount. But in general, the box itself and the equipment looks good and now let’s talk about the appearance and materials used.
Design, build quality and materials
If we compare the dimensions and weight of the new mini PC from T-Bao with other more budget models, then the dimensions and weight of the TBOOK MN35 model are quite significant. For example, the dimensions of the device are 127.6 x 127.6 x 38.3 mm and the model weighs about 1.2 kg.
This is a rather heavy mini PC, so attaching it to the monitor can be a little problem. But it is worth noting that on the bottom of the device, there are two threaded holes for special attachment to the monitor. If you have a desire to install a mini PC behind the monitor, then you will have to additionally purchase the amount, since it is not included in the package bundle and this is a little upsetting.
I have no complaints about the build quality, and the entire body is made of a monolithic metal alloy. Except for the upper part, which is made of plastic, as it is necessary for high-quality wireless communication. Also, I liked the combination of matte material, both metal, and plastic elements. There are practically no fingerprints left on the mini PC case, and the case looks more practical.
Naturally, this is not a mini gaming PC, as the design speaks of a minimalistic appearance. But the hidden performance might surprise most users. Now let’s go through all the front-end user interfaces.
The front side of the device received a power button with an LED indicator of operation. Also located nearby are audio connections for headphones and a microphone, one USB 3.0 port, and a Type-C port with video output.
Meanwhile, on the back of the case, there is a DC port for charging, an Ethernet connection, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, DP, and additional two USB 3.0 ports. As you can see there are five USB ports here, which can only please any user.
I can also note an interesting feature – this is the ability to connect three monitors simultaneously to this device. For example, through HDMI 2.0 and Type-C connections, you can transfer very good image quality at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.
On the backside, just above all the user external interfaces, there are holes for an active cooling system. During my tests, I liked how the cooler works and how the mini PC cools, but I will tell you about the results of temperature conditions a little later. You can also notice the ventilation holes on the right and left sides of the device.
There are additional holes for the cooling system on the bottom of the case. Also, the mini PC itself received four rubber anti-slip feet. If you peel off the rubber feet, then you can see the threaded connection with the bolts and you can unscrew the bottom of the cover. This not only needs to be done to blow out the dust but also to install additional 2.5 inch SATA SSD memory.
Performance, benchmarks tests, games, and OS
The new T-Bao TBOOK MN35 mini PC features an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor. This chipset was introduced in the first half of 2019, but it still has a good popularity for most types of devices. One of the main advantages of this processor is the presence of four cores with eight threads. In this case, the maximum operating frequency can reach a value of 3.7 GHz and energy consumption of 35 W.
Below I will leave an album with various benchmark tests such as GeekBench 5 and others. Yes, the Ryzen 5 3550H may not be the most powerful and gaming processor, but it has decent performance when you consider its cost.
In terms of playing abilities, everything is really great here. Paired with the processor is the graphics accelerator Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. It shows very good performance in games. I was able to play a lot of heavy games and the FPS was very good.
For example, I played GTA V with average graphics and FPS ranged from 40 to 50 frames per second. At the same time, the playability was smooth and stable, I really liked the work of the Radeon Vega 8. In addition, the GPU temperature was within 60 degrees Celsius and this is the usual operating temperature.
I also played the CS Go game and was completely satisfied with the result of the work. During this game, the FPS ranged from 55 to 75 frames per second, and the temperature was similar to the previous game.
The last game I was able to play was The Witcher 3. After an hour of playing and testing this game, I was completely satisfied with the result of the integrated graphics card. I would also like to say that Radeon Vega 8 is not a separate graphics card, but an integrated graphics card and the result of its performance in games is very high. So, the FPS value was about 35 frames per second and the temperature did not exceed 60 degrees.
As I said, out of the box, the mini PC comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal SSD storage. During my measurements, the read speed was about 1700 MBps, and the write speed was about 1300 MBps. I think this is not the worst read and write speed, considering the cost of the device.
I also want to share with you about the published noise level from the device. Even during games or benchmark tests, the noise from the T-Bao TBOOK MN35 mini PC was practically inaudible and lay in the range of 35-40 dB. That is, even if this mini PC lies at a distance of half a meter from you, you will not hear annoying noise.
Now I want to run some very high definition and fps video clips. For example, my first test was with a 4K file and 140 frames per second, as you can guess, I was completely satisfied with the result. At the same time, the video was played without jerks and played smoothly. The same goes for the 4K video file and HDR UHD at 60fps. In addition, I could easily watch Youtube videos at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.
I think many users are interested in knowing the ability of T-Bao TBOOK MN35 in daily life. For example, how a mini PC will be able to edit and save videos through various programs. So through Adobe Premiere Pro, the mini PC was able to save one minute of 4K video in 1 minute and 5 seconds. This is a very good result, both for such a device and its price.
Well, the last thing I forgot to talk about is the operating system. Onboard T-Bao TBOOK MN35, Windows 10 Home was originally installed with an international version of the firmware. That is, when you first turn it on, you can configure and select any language in the user interface. I also liked how the operating system works in real life. Here I did not find any slowdowns and everything worked quickly and well.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
After several days of testing the new T-Bao TBOOK MN35 mini PC, I was completely satisfied with its performance, both in daily use and for gaming or work purposes.
I liked the performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 3550P processor with integrated Radeon Vega 8 graphics. The device performed well not only in games, but also when editing high-resolution video.
In addition, the build quality and materials used are at a very high level for their class of devices. I also liked how the cooling system works and the operating temperature, even with a high load of the device.
The number of external user interfaces can only please the future user. In addition, it is possible to connect up to 3 monitors to this mini PC model.
Of course, there were some drawbacks and disadvantages, and I can attribute them to the main ones – this is not the most powerful module for a Wi-Fi signal and not the latest wireless Bluetooth 4.2 connection. I was also a little disappointed by the lack of an additional monitor mount.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
If you have been looking for a modern and productive mini PC that can replace your large PC, then the option from T-Bao is a good choice.
The T-Bao TBOOK MN35 is currently priced at $450, but you can use coupon code BGSPM35N and get the mini PC at a very competitive price of $399.39.