Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Ayaneo’s New Tiny Macintosh Tribute Is Actually An AMD Ryzen-powered Windows Machine

Ayaneo, a brand mostly known for producing handheld gaming devices, has announced a new product that pays tribute to Apple’s classic Macintosh computer from the 1980s, officially known as AM01. Much like several throwback devices prior to this, such as the Atari 2600+ and Sega Megadrive Mini 2, the company’s latest release is presented as a miniature version of the machine that it’s based on. Just don’t expect it to run any iteration of Apple’s macOS, though.

According to Ayaneo, its new AM01 machine is actually a mini PC that’s running on AMD Ryzen processors and, depending on configuration, also comes with Windows 11 Home preinstalled. It measures at just over 5 inches in width and height, 2.5 inches thick, and weighs slightly over 486g. The company adds that you can also personalize it with magnetic-based decorations, where you’ll be able to swap out the not-Macintosh badge on the bottom left for something else. Oh, it’s also worth noting that the miniature display on the AIO tribute product is non-functional, but you can decorate it with a bunch of stickers that are included in the package.

Specifications-wise, Ayaneo is offering the compact PC in multiple configurations which either features just an AMD Ryzen processor, or together with RAM and storage. The AMD Ryzen 3 3200U option will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, while the Ryzen 7 5700U APU variant is available on its own or with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD. The company notes that the AM01 is expandable up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM and 2TB of M.2 solid state storage.

In terms of connectivity, the Ryzen 3 3200U model will feature WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 support, while the Ryzen 7 5700U version has WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. Regardless of model, the AM01 also comes with a SATA 3.0 interface that supports 2.5-inch SDD or HDD, one USB-C 3.2 Gen1 port, three USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, one USB 2, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a gigabit Ethernet port, DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0 ports.

While it does appear to be portable, the machine actually runs on DC power and does not feature an internal battery. Ayaneo adds that the AM01 can output video in 4k at 60fps and it’s compatible with dual-screen setups.

The mini PC starts at US$149 (~RM692) for the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U option, but will retail at US$199 (~RM924) once it officially debuts next month. On the other hand, the Ryzen 7 5700U configuration starts at an early bird price of US$219 (~RM1,017) for processor only, and up to US$379 (~RM1,760) together with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Those interested can pre-order the device now via Ayaneo’s official Indiegogo store page, while shipping is available worldwide.

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