Mini PCs are devices that combine small form factor PC size with incredible performance for home office, entertainment and more. MSI is a brand that’s known for its mini PCs and today we have two products from the company that can declutter your office desk!
Today, we are reviewing the MSI Cubi 5 10M Mini PC and the MSI Pro MP241 monitor. The Cubi 5 10M is an energy-efficient Mini-PC comes with Intel’s 10th gen Comet Lake processors. The mini PC is palm sized – measuring just 124-by-124-by-53.7 mm and weighing around 550 grams.
The overall build quality is pretty good. On the front edge, you get dedicated headphones and microphone jacks, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A connector, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, an LED indicator that indicates disk activity, and the power button.
On the right edge, you get an external power button switch connector. Now this can be used to have an easy access for switching the device on and off, if you decide to VESA mount the mini PC to the back of a display, like the MSI Pro MP241 monitor. You also get a Kensington Lock right next to it on the right edge to secure the Mini PC in its place.
On the back of the device, you get an HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort 1.2, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet (Intel WGI219V) port, and the power port. Inside the box, you get the MSI Cubi 5 10M, a 65 W external power brick, an external power switch and the user manuals.
The MSI Cubi 5 10M is powered by Intel’s 10th Generation Core i processors – you can choose from i3, i5 or i7. This particular unit comes with an i5 processor and Intel’s UHD 630 Graphics. The MSI Cubi 5 10M supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory through its two SO-DIMM memory slots.
You also get an M.2 slot for an SSD, and a 2.5-inch bay for additional storage. Our review unit already came kitted with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Since this mini PC can be VESA mounted we are going to do just that. All you need to do is use the VESA mount and fix the Mini PC to it.
Then attach the VESA mount to the back of the monitor – we are using the MSI Pro MP241 monitor. The MSI Pro MP241 monitor comes with a 23.8-inch screen size and is quite light. This is Full HD Anti-Glare Office Monitor that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
So the quality of online conference calls will be top notch. It also offers an Aspect Ratio of 16:9 and a Response Time of 5ms. It also offers a refresh rate of 60Hz which is enough for all sorts of productivity jobs. For connectivity, the monitor offers one HDMI 1.4 port and one D-SUB VGA port.
It is also tilt adjustable for maximum comfort while working. The monitor also comes with MSI’s Display Kit software which offers a wide range of tools to enhance your productivity. With a flick of a button in the Display Kit software you can change between color modes – choose from gaming, cinema and eye saver modes.
During our review period we found the performance oof the monitor to be good especially while using productivity applications. Using applications like office productivity tools, coding applications, and so on was seamless. The MSI Cubi 5 10M mini PC and the MSI Pro MP241 are the perfect pair for your office, home office or even a home setup.
Since the Cubi 5 10M can be VESA mounted behind the Pro MP241 monitor, all that is visible on your desk is the monitor, giving your entire setup a more decluttered look and feel. So if you are on the lookout for a PC setup that does not take up too much desk real estate, the MSI Cubi 5 10M mini PC and the MSI Pro MP241 display combo could be one of the options you could look at.
MSI Cubi 5 10M Mini PC: AED 2085
MSI Pro MP241 Monitor: AED 441