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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