Windows PCs come in all shapes and sizes, and whatever your needs there'll be a computer out there to suit you. If you want an extreme space saver but need a little more get up and go from your machine, check out one of these fantastic mini PCs, like the incredible Intel Hades Canyon.

Ultimate power

Intel Hades Canyon NUC

Intel continues to push the boundaries and its latest high-end Next Unit of Computing (NUC, another name for min PC), the Hades Canyon, is easily the most impressive to date. You now get a choice of quad-core 8th Gen Core i7 processor, both with 4GB Radeon Vega M dedicated graphics. You need to supply RAM and solid-state drives (SSDs), with up to 32GB of DDR4 and a pair of m.2 NVMe drives supported, alongside more ports than you'd find on many larger desktop rigs.

$720 from Amazon

Great for gaming

Intel Skull Canyon NUC

This is no longer the highest end NUC you can get but it's still a very powerful desktop PC in a teeny tiny case. It comes as a barebones kit, meaning you need to supply the OS, RAM and m.2 SSD drive for storage, but it's all simple to put together. Inside is a Core i7 6770HQ, that also packs Intel's Iris Pro 580 graphics. Throw in 7.1 digital audio and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and you've got a crazy powerful little box, and connect an eGPU for a top gaming PC.

$524 from Amazon

Media center

ASUS VivoMini

At its heart, the VivoMini houses an Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB HDD. Not only that but you'll get fast 802.11ac WiFi, USB 3.1 and dedicated GTX930M graphics from NVIDIA. Its party piece, though, is the dual-bay design which accommodates two SSDs or 2.5-inch HDDs, or a single 3.5-inch HDD for all the storage you need. And with a VESA compatible mounting solution, you can hide it out of plain sight as well.

$528 from Amazon

Stunning design

HP Elite Slice

The HP Elite Slice is probably the best-looking mini PC you'll find anywhere.

Inside you'll get a range of different specs, including at the high-end a Core i5 or i7 processor, 8 or 16GB of RAM and SSD storage. The ports are mostly on the back and plentiful, with USB 3.0, USB-C, HDMI, and DisplayPort. The Elite Slice also has a modular party trick, with accessories like a Bang and Olufsen speaker attachable to the base.

$656 from HP

Choosing what's best

All these mini PCs offer far more performance than their diminutive size may suggest. For the ultimate PC in a tiny box it's impossible to look beyond Intel's Hades Canyon, though the previous model Skull Canyon is still an amazing machine that's benefitted from recent price cuts.

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