Mini-PC review: The Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U-powered Minisforum UM250

This tiny PC's Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U is a couple generations out of date—but it's inexpensive, and it still packs a serious punch.

Enlarge / This tiny PC’s Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U is a couple generations out of date—but it’s inexpensive, and it still packs a serious punch. (credit: Jim Salter)

Minisforum’s UM250 is a very small form factor PC with the power and the ports to take on a lot of tasks. And due to its choice of an older CPU, it’s pretty cheap, too.

A couple of months ago, we reviewed Minisforum’s Comet Lake i5-powered U850. The UM250 we’re looking at today is cut largely from the same cloth—it’s got 16GiB RAM, flagship Intel Wi-Fi 6, a 256GB SSD, two wired Ethernet ports, and an attractive VESA-mountable case that’s easy to work on (and in).

The biggest real-world difference between the two models is price: $430 for the fully loaded, AMD-powered UM250 versus $700 for the Intel-powered U850.

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