Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Review TinyMiniMicro Segment Flipped Upside Down


Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear Above 2
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear Above 2

In the present day we’ve our assessment of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i. This unit has been featured prominently in Lenovo’s vacation promotions and so there have been many questions on it. It’s marketed as a 1L PC, so it looks as if it suits a phase that we assessment, so we ordered one. We have now been operating opinions of 1L PCs and have the vast majority of the DDR4 choices from Dell, HP, and Lenovo represented at this level in our Challenge TinyMiniMicro. Sometimes, these are company PCs however corporations have expanded and turned these into artistic and client workstation markets. That’s precisely what the IdeaCentre 5i is.

Challenge TinyMiniMicro Background

In Challenge TinyMiniMicro we’re buying numerous these units from completely different sources. Whereas a regular STH assessment is of a brand new product, these TMM nodes sometimes have specs that differ from what one would anticipate. In all of those items, we’re going to speak about what makes the nodes distinctive. We at the moment are nicely over 36 completely different nodes to extend variety. We’re testing these on a extra round financial system/ prolonged lifecycle foundation to see how they are often deployed after their preliminary use as company desktops. As all the time, we’ve a video model of this text.

We advocate opening this video in a YouTube tab/ app for a greater viewing expertise. Sure, on this video we do find yourself evaluating it to the hypothetical Elf story of a “tribe of asparagus youngsters…”

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i CPU Fan Shroud And HDD 2
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i CPU Fan Shroud And HDD 2

For our $545.02 (earlier than tax), we acquired a node with an Intel Core i5-10400T, 12GB of reminiscence, WiFi 6, and 256GB NVMe SSD, and even a 1TB onerous drive. We even bought an embedded Home windows 11 Professional license which might have price us round $140 alone. Since this was a brand new unit, we acquired a 1-year mail-in guarantee from Lenovo at that worth.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Front With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above 2
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Entrance With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above 2

Simply as a fast comparability, this unit was bought, with vacation reductions, solely 3 quarters after the Lenovo ThinkCentre M80q Tiny and was a number of {dollars} cheaper. That M80q Tiny had the marginally sooner Intel Core i5-10500T, however solely a 128GB SSD, no HDD, and solely 4GB of RAM. For lots of our customers, the IdeaCentre Mini 5i goes to be a greater purchase, however there may be extra than simply specs taking place right here.

We’re going to go into a fast {hardware} overview, then into the important thing specs. We’re then going to speak a bit about efficiency and energy consumption earlier than attending to our classes discovered from these items and our closing phrases.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i {Hardware} Overview

Lenovo nonetheless lists the IdeaCentre Mini 5i as round 1L in dimension, nonetheless, it’s bigger than its 1L ThinkCentre items. You’ll be able to see how it’s a bit bigger under.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Front With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Entrance With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above

Except for the facility button, we get a headset port on the entrance of the system. We additionally get a USB 3.2 Gen2 Sort-A port and a USB 3.2 Gen1 Sort-C port on the entrance. Older items sometimes solely had Sort-A, however we want each could possibly be Gen2 ports.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Front
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Entrance

On the rear of the unit, we get a reasonably commonplace port configuration. There are each DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 output choices commonplace. We get 4 USB 3.2 Gen1 Sort-A ports as nicely. Not like the ThinkCentre line, there’s a static cowl under these ports so one can not add elective port configurations to this method.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear Red Blue 2
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear Crimson Blue 2

One objects we needed to handle is that this may occasionally look completely different at first, however one can see the way it matches the ThinkCenter elements fairly simply. For instance, it might seem like the buttons and ports are on reverse sides of the chassis on the entrance.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Front With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above 3
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Entrance With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above 3

After we flip the ThinkCentre over, the ports line up.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Front With Upside Down M90q Tiny Gen2 Above 2
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Entrance With Upside Down M90q Tiny Gen2 Above 2

Likewise on the rear we will see the M90q Tiny Gen2 with the elective DisplayPort and the WiFi antenna header which will look them look completely different.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear With M90q Tiny Gen2 Above

After we flip the machine, we will see that the remainder of the ports line up.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear With Upside Down M90q Tiny Gen2 Above
Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i Rear With Upside Down M90q Tiny Gen2 Above

Total, this method could look loads completely different, however it’s actually fairly just like the Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny platform, though in all probability a bit nearer to the M70q Tiny.

Since this bought longer than we had been anticipating, we’re going to transfer the inner overview to its personal part subsequent.

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